Three Evils of Capitalism

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leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015

Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature.

Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials.

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Commercialisation and Conflict in New India by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
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London
October 17, 2013

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Developing divisions

Participation is a cornerstone of the democratic ideal. It sits alongside those other marginalized tenets: social justice, freedom and equality. Forgotten principles in a world of corporate politics driven by the quest for endless economic growth and maximum market share. Hailed as the world’s largest democracy and touted as ‘an emerging economic powerhouse’, India’s economy is beginning to cough and splutter with the rupee trading at an all time low, and the ‘current account’ showing an $88 billion deficit.

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Robert Reich on ‘Inequality for All’ + Jacob Kornbluth: Growing Income Divide Threatens Society

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September 20, 2013

This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever – in the first three years of the recovery, 95 percent of the economic gains have gone only to the top one percent of Americans. And the share of working people in the U.S. who define themselves as lower class is at its highest level in four decades.

More and more are fighting back. According to Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor: “The core principle is that we want an economy that works for everyone, not just for a small elite. We want equal opportunity, not equality of outcome. We want to make sure that there’s upward mobility again, in our society and in our economy.”

This week, Reich joins Moyers & Company to discuss a new documentary film, Inequality for All, opening next week in theaters across the country. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century, stars in this dynamic, witty and entertaining documentary.

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Despite All Our Rage, We Are Still Just Debt Slaves In A Mental Cage by David DeGraw #OWS

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by David DeGraw
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September 17, 2013

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It’s been two years since years of hard work, dedication and frustration finally erupted into mass protests that swept across the globe on an unprecedented scale, and briefly awakened the propagandized masses. Our unjust economic system and the corrupt forces on Wall Street and in Washington were exposed in grand fashion. For once, the people became too powerful to ignore. We finally crashed through the corporate gates of the colossus mainstream media. We penetrated the very leviathan that had divided, isolated and enslaved us. Continue reading

I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
August 29, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States.  Continue reading

Gulliver’s Tale of Three Food Stores: Part I by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 28, 2013

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“The organic-food movement is in danger of exacerbating the growing gap between rich and poor in this country by contributing to a two-tiered national food supply, with healthy food for the rich. Could Wal-Mart’s populist strategy prove to be more “sustainable” than Whole Foods? Stranger things have happened.” — Fred Maloney

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It Has Happened Here – What Now? by Luke Hiken

by Luke Hiken
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 28, 2013

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a satirical novel entitled It Can’t Happen Here. In the book, a democratically elected President transforms the country into a totalitarian, ruthless regime, relying upon patriotic rhetoric and fear to dominate and control a docile populace.

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The Ragged Trousered Comic Book by Martin Chomsky

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by Martin Chomsky
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August 20, 2013

It was said in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death that, although she never understood art, she certainly inspired plenty of it.

Or, at least, so did her policies.

And so it is with my latest project, a kids’ comic book version of Robert Tressell’s ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’. [See video below.]

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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914)

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Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the inequity and iniquity of society, Tressell’s cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target — the workers who think that a better life is “not for the likes of them”. Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their “betters”. Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell’s own experiences.

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Vijay Prashad: Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is “Off the Table”

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TheRealNews on Aug 8, 2013

In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the limits imposed on questioning the roots of inequality and how those who own the majority of property set the terms for everyone else. Continue reading

Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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Worldwide Social Activism Demanding Change by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
July 19, 2013

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Change is afoot. Confronted with state corruption and corporate greed, abuse of human rights, environmental chaos and extreme levels of economic and social injustice, the people, overwhelmingly the young are taking to the streets demanding change, and a new political/economic system, that is inclusive and just.

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Thousands Protesting On The Streets In Brazil

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RTAmerica on Jun 18, 2013

Nearly 200,000 demonstrators took to the streets of eight cities in Brazil to protest the rising cost of public services and the government’s spending on next year’s World Cup. The protests originated in Sao Paulo where people showed their opposition to increased public transportation fare, but now that sentiment has spread across the country. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research takes a closer look at the protests.

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Global Power Project, Part 1: Exposing the Transnational Capitalist Class by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
June 12, 2013

An exclusive series for Occupy.com

The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy. By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet’s most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — Continue reading