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Capitalist Bone Demon
"Still not enough"
(M. Wuerker, Politico; fair use, educational)
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Pyramid of Capitalist System (The International Pub. Co., 1911; fair use, educational)
(Oakland Museum of California; fair use, educational)
(caglecartoons.com; fair use, educational)
ATM in Tree
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(unknown source; fair use, educational)
"Capitalism is a death cult." (Prof Julia Steinberger, 22 October 2020 tweet)
"Our financialised economy is short-term, crisis-prone and deeply unequal. As always it is the poorest who are forced to pick up the tab for the crimes of big finance." (Global Justice Now, 14 September 2018 email; also read here)
Capitalism is Demon, not Saviour
"A core feature of liberal punditry is to attribute social progress to capitalism while erasing the progressive movements that actually fought for it, quite often directly against the interests of the capitalist class.
Labour rights, the weekend, the franchise, public healthcare, women's rights, abolition, decolonization - none of these gains were handed down from above, or bequeathed spontaneously by capital; they were won through collective struggle."
(Jason Hickel, 4 August 2021 tweets)
"Placing profit above all else isn't just evil, it's the root of all evil. And this is precisely what our society has become." (Peter Kalmus, 5 December 2020 tweet)
Capitalism creates Inequality
Inequality in a capitalist system = mental ill health five times more common than in the most equal societies. Many other disadvantages too. (See The Spirit Level book)
Inequality in a capitalist system = discontent, as few actually become wealthy = a police state or revolution = violence is inevitable. (See 'The Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2, first aired on BBC, 2015)
"The state could solve homelessness.
But it won’t, because the solution would require citizens to confront the fact that capitalism *requires* homelessness and poverty.
If nobody can make money off you, the state wants you to die, preferably invisibly."
(Chad Loder, 1 April 2021 tweet)
Capitalism creates Poverty
(1) Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half' (BBC, posted and accessed 16 January 2017). Then there are the fat cats, the oligarchs, the footballers, the celebrities, the bankers, the global corporations, etc. They conceal their money offshore unethically or illegally, and deprive society of funds for the betterment of society (e.g. paying undervalued and underpaid carers and public servants). All this is disgusting.
Contrast this with the Hadza, where sharing is a moral obligation without expectation of return (Survival, image 8 of 18, accessed 30 October 2012).
Once upon a time, only a few decades ago, bankers were paid the same as nurses and teachers ('The Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2, first aired on BBC, 2015).
I do not value these overpaid people and remain stupefied at how they get away with impoverishing and damaging society.
I do value the carers and the bulk of humanity who are crushed by the reality of capitalism.
(2) Capitalism not only creates material poverty, but also spiritual, collective and emotional poverty. Its exploitative mantra is 'growth, growth, growth' instead of 'Love, Love, Love.' We need happiness economics or similar.
"Sometimes I think the heart of the fixation on the economic growth imperative is the recognition that the end of growth will make plain the need to share."
(Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, 15 August 2021 tweet)
(3) Consider modern Rich World education and its deep interconnection with poverty and capitalism (notes from documentary Schooling the World [also see here]):-
Capitalism is not Sustainable
Capitalism is a Pyramid Scheme, a Scam
"In a pyramid scheme, an organization compels individuals who wish to join to make a payment. In exchange, the organization promises its new members a share of the money taken from every additional member that they recruit."
(Wikipedia, accessed 4 October 2021)
The thing is that being born on Earth, we are forced to join the capitalist pyramid scheme. For most of us the payment is lifelong enslavement of body and soul. Do we get our promised share? Not likely! For now, the scam only serves the people at the top = the 1%:
"They told us their wealth would trickle down to us. But in reality your money is just funnelled up to them." (Jon Trickett, Labour MP, 7 September 2021 tweet)
But the scam will backfire:
"Capitalism itself is heading to its own extinction. As resources dwindle and the numbers of people vying for them increase, we are facing collapse of the largest Ponzi scheme of all, the global financial system."
(Catherine Ingram, dated 2021, accessed 29 August 2021)
Pyramid of Capitalist System (The International Pub. Co., 1911)
Capitalism is Systemic Sexism & Misogyny
"Capitalism will always be racist and sexist, because it has to mystify its core contradiction - the promise of prosperity vs the reality of widespread poverty - by denigrating the 'nature' of those it exploits: colonial subjects, women and the dispossessed."
"From a capitalist view point women's breasts can create profit as long as they are sexualised. Breastfeeding in public makes women's breasts less sexy, therefore it is not acceptable." (Victoria Tahmasebi, a women and gender studies expert at Toronto University, tweet cited by BBC, posted and accessed 30/7/2017)
Capitalism uses the Police & Army as its Gang
"Capitalism is at root a legal system that is upheld by laws that are enforced with the threat of violence." (Laurie Macfarlane, The Guardian, posted and accessed 29 April 2021)
"The idea that the military could be a force for good in the context of environmental catastrophe and social breakdown is laughable. Whatever the rhetoric, the role of the military is to secure the interests of a nation’s capitalist class amid the competitive global scramble for resources and markets... The military are gangsters for capitalism. And in the future, they’re likely to double down on savagery."
(James Plested, Red Flag, posted 10 December 2019, accessed 3 September 2021)
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."
(Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket)
"The captains of capital need the fascists (cops) and the cops need the capitalists ($$). It's a match made in hell." (Peter Kalmus, 7 January 2021 tweets adaptation)
Capitalism is complicit in Colonialism, Slavery, Racism
"You can't have capitalism without racism." (Malcolm X)
"Accrual capitalism (where wealth begets wealth exponentially) is like a genie that was let out of the bottle about 500 years ago, leading to indigenous genocides, slavery, colonialism, famine, artificial scarcity, and now climate and ecological breakdown."
(Peter Kalmus, 14 December 2020 tweet)
"Capitalism, at its core, requires a workforce of poor people or slaves to do back- and brain-breaking labor to maintain the wealth of those at the top."
(Akin Olla, The Guardian, posted and accessed 20 March 2021)
"The notion that wealthy countries have "achieved" growth while poor countries "haven't" erases both colonial history and neo-colonial forms of power. In reality the former have grown rich by exploiting the latter, and they continue to do so."
(Jason Hickel, 21 February 2021 tweet)
"We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
It rapes and destroys the planet Earth:
"When you understand that under capitalism, a forest has no value until it’s cut down, you begin to see the root of our ecological crisis." (Adam Idek Hastie)
"Remorseless and unstoppable growth in the human body is called cancer. So why, when it is on Earth, do we call it progress?" (Bella Lack, youth environmentalist and writer, The Guardian, posted and accessed 30 March 2021)
We need simplicity, simple lives in harmony with nature and God/Goddess:
"If everybody lives like the rich people, we need two other planets. Live on this planet with seven billion people in a way that we can all live." (Ervin Laszlo, 2006)
Capitalism fucks with Evolution
'Survival of the fittest' as a violent competitive process is a corruption of Darwinism. Industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that it justified an economy of vicious competition and inequality.
This has given rise to a corporate, capitalist dominated world, which is actually threatening our survival and that of many species - see here, here.
"We do not own the earth. The earth owns us." (Chief Seattle)
But, for now, we are living in that corporate capitalist economy with its inequality and unsustainable lifestyle.
Until the Climate & Ecological Emergency undoes the distortion of capitalism.
Capitalism exploits Your Fears, banks on Your Stupidity
"Capitalism is going to kill you. But it also thinks you’re stupid." (Sam Knights)
"Global inequity is astounding if you look at it objectively. It's just that we're brainwashed by capitalism to think that it's fine that some on this planet get only a dollar a day, while others can have tens of millions a day. No other species lives like this."
(Peter Kalmus, 10 July 2021 tweet)
"They say that capitalism rewards those who work hard, when in reality it primarily rewards those who exploit the hard work of others." (Jason Hickel, 26 April 2021 tweet)
The evil of Rupert Murdoch
Opening Pandora's Box
The Conflict between Evolutionary Skills & Modern Life
Why is a Culture of Love needed?