Teen Vogue is on the frontlines of the fight against capitalism, but it won't come without some resistance from Twitter.
In April, the magazine published an article titled, "What 'Capitalism' Is and How It Affects People." The article compares capitalism, which could possibly leave the world in a "dystopian Mad Max nightmare in which resources have dwindled, rich plutocrats own everything," to a much more desirable system of socialism. The article was retweeted on Wednesday with a caption that called for ending poverty with the end of capitalism.
Predictably, the internet had something to say about a for-profit business rallying against capitalism.
If there was ever an example needed of bizarre brainwash, this is it. The Teen Vogue, yes the Teen Vogue, whose business model is body shaming teenagers and children, frankly, into crazed consumerism, is tweeting about ending capitalism. Can anything be more moronic? https://t.co/yT0t0nV3rH
— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) October 18, 2018
I'm sorry, don't you literally stay in business because you sell a product to consumers based on supply & demand in a free market capitalistic economy? https://t.co/geK10pDpWE
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) October 17, 2018
The actual article isn't nearly as bad (not that it's good) as this bat**** insane tweet. Bat**** insane and terrifying that someone thinks this appeals to teens.
Oh, and Vogue is owned by the Newhouse family which Google says is worth 13 billion. Just an observation. https://t.co/BdZLLNoxO7
— Clifford Asness (@CliffordAsness) October 18, 2018
Will Teen Vogue thrive after we end capitalism? https://t.co/B4oWFhCOf8
— Damon Linker (@DamonLinker) October 18, 2018
Others anxiously awaited the new direction of Teen Vogue's content.
— James Morrow (@pwafork) October 18, 2018
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— Elizah (@elizzzhy) October 18, 2018
One Twitter user shared a chart showing how global poverty has been on a steady decline for the past four decades.
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) October 18, 2018
In fact, there are several reports within the last 10 years that have shown that the number of people who lived on less than $2 a day in the 1980s has been cut nearly in half, while the number of those who used to live on less than $1 a day is only a third of what it used to be. It would seem that global trends favor systems that promote "private property, economic growth, freedom of choice, and limited government intervention," as is so aptly described in the piece. As Reason's Steve Chapman previously wrote, it's becoming more difficult for anti-capitalists to ignore reality.