How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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September 12, 2018

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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Originally published May 1, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

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“Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions that aim to build a “solidarity economy.” By seizing on the crisis and weak links of modern capitalism and building on the historic struggles for racial equality by the black people of Mississippi, Cooperation Jackson has created a model we can all learn from.” — Richard Moser, “Jackson Rising: At Last, a Real Strategic Plan“, Black Agenda Report, Jan. 30, 2018

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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What Might A Cooperative Economy Look Like? by Pete Dolack

this shop is controlled by its workers

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
February 24, 2016

In any country in which a model of worker cooperation or self-management (in which enterprises are run collectively and with an eye on benefiting the community) is the predominant model, there would need to be regulations to augment good will. Constitutional guarantees would be necessary as well. Some industries are simply much larger than others. In a complex, industrialized society, some enterprises are going to be much larger than others. Minimizing the problems that would derive from size imbalances would be a constant concern.

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Richard D. Wolff: I’m Becoming a Fan of Pope Francis: “Capitalism Runs Counter to the Plan of Jesus” + What is Community Wealth Building?

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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RichardDWolff on Jul 22, 2015

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Jump Out of the Pot! Capitalism Can’t Be Fixed From the Inside by William T. Hathaway

Boiling Frog

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
April 9, 2015

“I’m getting hot,” croaked the frog as he floated in a pot of water from which steam was beginning to rise.

“Me too,” croaked the other frog as she paddled listlessly. “This water used to be warm. Now it’s too hot.”

“Oh well…nothing we can do about it. Maybe it’ll get better.”

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Richard D. Wolff: Employment Upswing Not Here to Stay + The State of Workers’ Wages around the World

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Last updated: Dec. 9, 2014

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TheRealNews on Dec 7, 2014

Economist Richard Wolff says workers are returning to jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than they had before the financial crisis hit.  Continue reading

Gar Alperovitz: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops

HIRE OURSELVES: worker-owned cooperatives

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TheRealNews·Jan 26, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay, the experience of Spain’s Mondragon, the world’s largest workers’ co-op, shows that workers’ ownership can go to scale but on their own, co-ops will not transform society or the economy. 

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Gar Alperovitz: Capitalism is in Long Term Stagnation and Decay

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TheRealNews·Jan 25, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that if you concentrate wealth at the top, there’s not enough purchasing power to make the rest of the system work. 

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Ralph Nader: Are Reforms Still Possible?

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 19, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960’s and 70’s are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests.  Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: What is Anarchism? + Q&A

Kryptoanarkisme

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LeighaCohen on Nov 20, 2013

Noam Chomsky spoke at MIT Wong Auditorium on November 18, 2013. The event was sponsored by the Boston Review. This event was based on the topic of Noam Chomsky’s new volume, On Anarchism.

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Richard D. Wolff, Marc Armstrong, Omar Freilla and Alexis Goldstein: It’s Our Money: Making The Economy Work For Us + Q&A

Capitalism Isn't Working

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Joe Friendly on Nov 6, 2013

A forum about our economic system’s need for change with Richard D. Wolff, Marc Armstrong, Omar Freilla, and Alexis Goldstein, moderated by J.A. Myerson at All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC October 29, 2013, presented by Big Apple Coffee Party and The Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls.

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Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus U. Mass, Amherst and Visiting Professor at The New School. Marc Armstrong is Executive Director, Public Banking Institute. Omar Freilla is Founder and Coordinator, Green Worker Cooperatives. Alexis Goldstein is an Organizer, the Other 98%. J.A. Myerson is an Independent journalist, activist, and author.

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Superstorm Sandy — One Year Later + A Co-op Story: People’s Construction in Rockaway

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democracynow on Oct 29, 2013

democracynow.org – Today marks the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the New York region, becoming one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history. On October 29, 2012, the hurricane blasted New York City with a record storm surge as high as 13 feet, as well as the Jersey Shore and New England, ultimately killing 159 people along the East Coast and damaging more than 650,000 homes. The storm caused $70 billion in damage across eight states. Millions were left without power in the New York region, some for weeks. We are joined by two women who have played key roles in the region’s recovery: Terri Bennett, a founder of Respond and Rebuild, one of the first groups to help low-income residents of the Rockaways rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, and also focused on providing free mold remediation that eventually inspired the city’s similar program; and Jessica Roff, a founder of Restore the Rock, a nonprofit created by Sandy volunteers who met while working out of a space in the Rockaways called YANA, or You Are Never Alone, where they operated a free health clinic, legal clinic and trained and dispatched hundreds of volunteers.

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