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Capitalism began in England around the 16th century. They immediately went on to colonize half the planet in search of new markets, committed multiple genocides, traded slaves, and engaged in constant war. In school we learn about how communism is evil because of a famine. ~ @existentialcoms
Marx always made the point that work--labour--is good, it's fulfilling, it has been a natural drive of humanity forever. What's degrading about work today is the social relations that sustain it (wage labour and the extraction of surplus value). Labour itself is not degrading. ~ @JoshuaYJackson
What's weird is you get called radical just for pointing out reality. People are homeless while millions of homes are empty. People are hungry while tons of food is thrown out People can't pay for healthcare while trillions of dollars sit offshore. These are simply facts. ~ @JoshuaPotash
Aliens: "Explain to us: How do you decide how to allocate resources and who does what work on Earth?" Capitalist: [showing charts] "So you see, on Earth we have a free market, so resources are efficiently allocated to meet the needs of the people based on market principles like supply and demand. Entrepreneurs own the factories and workers sell their labor to them." Aliens: "How can you 'own' a factory?"...
This month's gas shortage should be a wake up call to the Left woke mob: the Green New Deal would be disastrous for our country. ~ @mikepompeo The gas shortage was a result of predatory capitalism. It has nothing whatsoever to do with green policies bc none have been enacted. Are Americans really this easily duped? I mean, this is some pretty low-quality propagandistic nonsense. ~ @drprops
If you voted Republican because you fear socialism, then live your truty. Do not accept Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Avoid public beachers, parks and libraries. Do not allow your children to attend tax-supported schools or to take advantage of food programs. Drive only on toll roads. Do not call 911 unless you intend to pay for services rendered. ~ Alison Rennie, North Miami Beach
Artificial scarcity is a feature of capitalism. Empty houses surround homeless people, tones of food waste encircle hungry people & unused medical resources sit idle near dying people. A commodified world that "takes necessities from the masses to giver luxuries to the classes" ~ MLK
Always amazed at how many people on this site have capitalism Stockholm's syndrome. Imagine being furious at the suggestion that people could be paid more for work. ~ @deadeyebrakeman Capitalism stockholm's syndrome is so accurate omg. This is how I feel when people get made about their coworkers taking time off. "They're making me have to do more work." Nope, that's actually the corporation exploiting your ass 🙂. People deserve money and breaks, I promose. ~ @missplace_d
The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television and armed force. ~ Michael Parenti, Against Empire
Let me be clear: No one should have to pay for coronavirus testing or treatment. ~ @JoeBiden Let me be clearer: Under capitalism, your wealth and income are the best predictors of your life expectancy. If you aren't comfortable with that during a pandemic, you might ask yourself why you are ever comfortable with that. ~ @tanyaboza
Reduce - Studies show that the top 1% of the population controls 34% of the wealth in the U.S. Experts agree that this amount can be reduced dramatically. The Dept. of Social Ecology has set a target of 80% wealth reduction for this group by the year 2000. Source: Fifth Estate, 1980s
Neoliberalism 101: "Neoliberalism is a form of capitalism in which the state deregulates the economy, destroys unions, decreases taxes on the rich and corporations, and defunds public goods, while repressing and policing the poor, particularly people of color." ~ Joseph M. Schwartz
Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor--both black and white, both here and abroad. ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.