Stopping the Game?
by C.A. Matthews
The Twitterverse was all abuzz with the GameStop stock shorting story before I really caught on to what had actually happened. The following videos and article links will fill in the details for you as they did for me. Long story short (no pun intended), "David" attempted to slay "Goliath" on Wall Street, and Goliath got a bit antsy that David had the balls to attempt such a bold attack on their monopoly on wealth in this country.
It's events like this that give me hope that one day, possibly quite soon, we will see an end to Wall Street/the capitalist system and the abuse of the working classes for which they stand for.
There was nothing "sinister" or "deviant" about the members of the Reddit group that decided to purchase stock in GameStop that some in the mainstream media outlets alleged after the hedge fund managers started crying about not being able to win the "game" of gambling on putting a company out of business. No, it was just good ol' fashioned research and patience that paid off for these little guys. They should receive accolades, not denigration.
Essentially shorting a stock is a gamble against another person taking a certain action with that stock. The hedge fund managers wanted GameStop stores to go out of business, since essentially they were doing everything in their power to force the company to close its doors so they could buy up all their stock cheap. The Reddit stock buyers did not want GameStop to go under, and they did what they could to prop up its stock price so GameStop could attract new investors and take the necessary actions to improve their business practices.
These small investors may have saved 15,000 GameStop employees nationwide their jobs--at least for now. But of course, the plug was pulled on these Davids trying to save a down and out company. They're being blocked by the poor man's online app Robinhood from shorting any more stock in GameStop and several other similar corporations (possibly after a word came from the White House to do so).
You can think about how these small investors are being prevented to short GameStop stock this way: You like to buy a certain brand of grape juice from the store, but now the store says you can't buy it anymore. You've got the cash and the grape juice is sitting right there on the shelf, but a rich person whined and whined to the store manager and said, "Don't let the poor guys buy any more of that juice! We want to knock it off the shelves and spill it all over the floor!"
And, of course, the store manager gave in eventually and did what the rich person asked because… Well, obviously some people are more equal than others, right? At least in a capitalist system the workers are often seen in that way.
So, if you hear/read on MSNBC or CNBC or wherever that working class investors are "cheating" or "working for the Russians" or some other similar slander/libel, remember this: Rich people really don't like to lose or be shown up for what they are. The rich actually believe they're smarter than the rest of us and that they deserve more wealth and power simply because they're better than us. It's that simple.
If you're of a similar mindset to me, you know that's not true. Worse of all, it's immoral and irrational for our government to keep bailing out these not-so-smart elitists hiding behind hedge fund managers and bankers.
Remember 2008? Remember the bail-outs of the banks? Remember all those Americans who lost their homes and have never recovered their credit ratings? That was done to us, the working classes, by the pampered and coddled elites. So, it's time that we had a chance to cheer on some Davids slaying Goliaths on Wall Street on our behalf. It'll teach the greedy rich a lesson or two that smarts aren't just a trait of the billionaires. Poor working folks got smarts, too.
Saagar Enjeti: Wall Street Elites Destroyed, Beaten By Redditors At Their Own Rigged Game ~ The Hill https://youtu.be/9ToOGrUQ7ME
Dylan Ratigan explains what "shorting a stock" means and how the small investors beat the hedge funds at their own game. https://youtu.be/qzG3DwMjLj4
Overheard on Twitter:
"People working at Robinhood coming forward to share that their founder received calls from the White House about shutting down GameStop and meme stocks. Biden has done more for billionaire hedge funds than providing us with our survival checks."
"Clip of hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman on CNBC losing his cool: 'This fair share is a bullshit concept! It’s a way of attacking wealthy people!'"
"The stock market is not in turmoil - billionaire hedge funds are in turmoil. Two different things. It's a shame regulators, brokerage firms and media continue to provide cover for folks that go to work on helicopters from the Hamptons and say its for folks that take the subway."
Quick Sharp Analysis of the GameStop vs. Hedge Fund Fighthttps://beanstocksworld.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/quick-sharp-analysis-of-the-gamestop-vs-hedge-fund-fight
How Reddit and GameStop Beat the Bankers
The Reddit Revolution, GameStop and Melvin Capital
How the GameStop Crisis Will End
Leaving Wall Street
The GameStop Bubble is a Lesson in the Absurdity and Uselessness of the Stock Market
More videos explaining the GameStop short stock story:
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