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"Still not enough"
(M. Wuerker, Politico; fair use, educational)

Capitalist Oppression
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Poverty Girls
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Pyramid of Capitalist System (The International Pub. Co., 1911; fair use, educational)

Domestic Labour
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Militarised Police
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ATM in Tree
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Overview

"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)

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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)

A stone sculpture on a church of a skull with bulging £ eyeballs and bony hands and serpent tail
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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)
Cartoon of planet Earth, the lower half of the urban masses, packed tightly together, walled off from the green golf course and mansion of the upper half. Atop the globe a 1% banker - old with hands on hips and in a top hat - stands saying "Still not enough".
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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.
Cartoon of CEO at the top on the phone in his skyscraper, then miltarised police, then the distracted brainwashed people of the richer world on sofas in front of digital screens, then the military, then the poor masses with their land desecrated

(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]):-
  • The modern education system that started in the Industrial revolution of the 18th century was not created to help humans deal with life and all its problems, and be independent citizens able to live in community. Rather, it was intended: (1) to be part of the industrial production system, manufacturing human machines that could be slotted in to the system to achieve wealth for the few, at the expense of the many; (2) to support European colonial expansion. Modern education in the Poor World does the same, pulling people off the land, away from their culture and self-respect, and makes people dependent on a centralised economy.
  • We need to question what becoming part of the mainstream means today? It means a Western urban consumer culture, where the local culture is perceived as backward, primitive, shameful. It means putting everything local into the service of the global economy, so 'Education for All' = train everyone to suit the greed of giant, global corporations.
  • Poor world people sell everything to allow their children to follow the success story that education offers, but only about 10% succeed. Modern education is creating worldwide inequality. Modern education is creating failure!! Can you see this? The failed 90% are in-between people, neither suited to the modern world nor their local culture. They are cast adrift, depressed and purposeless, vulnerable to drugs, alcohol, debt, exploitation, prostitution, etc. 
  • There is a widespread belief that modern education lifted and lifts people out of poverty. But the truth is that the arrival of colonialism, development and aid created poverty! Poverty does not exist in pre-modern cultures!!
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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)

Capitalist System pyramid image, people in tiers like layers of a cake, the many workers support the base, the rich and rulers at the top

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."
(Silvia Federici)

"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)

A poster. At the back a factory from which a queue of men emerge on the right, heading for the foreground. In the foreground three women, caring, ironing, cooking, basically doing so much for the system. The queue of men then leaves the women on the left and return to the factory.

Capitalism uses the Police 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)

"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)

Cartoon of a heavily armoured policeman and machine gun outside a wealthy walled property, the 1% asking him why he's not dealing with the noise. Meanwhile, outside, the small people have their arms up and ask him who he is sworn to protect and serve.

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.)


Capitalism is not Sustainable

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)

ATM in tree
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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.
  • "It’s a shame that capitalism does not incentivise the continued existence of life on earth... And it is even more of a shame that pointing this out gets you branded some kind of radical." (Sam Knights, 16 June 2021 tweet)
  • 'Reality check... Capitalism is an abomination which inflates ego, not mind or spirit!' (himalayanbear, posted 18 November 2017, accessed 20 November 2017)
  • Wealth sharing and co-operation are more consistent with Darwinism. (See Eric Michael Johnson, posted 3 May 2013, accessed 3 November 2016; also check out the ideas of Peter Kropotkin and his book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution)
  • Traits like co-operation, sharing and compassion have been at the basis of the most dramatic steps in the history of all life. (See Michael Le Page, New Scientist, posted 16 April 2008, accessed 3 November 2016). 
So, success - or the fittest adaptation - is 'survival of the most loving', where:

"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.

Distorted Globe
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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)

At a table, three seated humans facing us. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch in the centre with a piled-high plate of cookies. To his left is a white-skinned worker in a hard hat and high-visibility waistcoat - with a plate with just one cookie. To Murdoch's right is a dark-skinned man with no plate or cookies. Murdoch - with a smile on his face and pointing at the dark-skinned man - says to the white man, "Careful mate, that foreigner wants your cookie".
The evil of Rupert Murdoch
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