"I have often wondered if Mr. Conservative/Libertarian turns down raises his company offers to *him.* Because I’ve only ever heard this argument applied to low-wage workers. Apparently, when you increase executive salaries and bonuses, that money comes out of a magical portal somewhere, so prices are unaffected. And no one ever tries to tell middle-class knowledge workers that getting a raise would only leave them worse off in the long run. It’s only ever the working poor. I guess they get paid with a different, more sinister kind of money."Rebecca Wald, quoted in Mia Nutick - For those who are in discussions with people who believe that raising the minimum wage is bad for the people who get minimum wage, or bad for prices in general, I give you this quote which breaks it down *perfectly*: (via mslorelei)
"With the outsourcing of most traditional manufacturing jobs and the rise of the service economy, in which most people who work stare into a screen all day — whether they work at Target or on Wall Street — has come a set of cultural shifts Scott does not mention. Work and entertainment exist on a continuum with no clear dividing line between the two, and the distinction between producer and consumer has become confused. Indeed, an individual citizen’s most important economic role, in the post-industrial West, is that of a consumer, inhaling goods, products, services and entertainment, as much of that as possible delivered electronically or shipped to your door. (Consumption power has grown even as real income has fallen and inequality has grown, one of the many paradoxes in late capitalism.) Being a producer in the old-fashioned sense comes second if it comes at all. Many of us — myself and A.O. Scott very much included — produce things that aren’t even things, and whose exchange-value and social utility are nebulous at best."
Ex: Hedge funds produce record profits and make billionaires of managers without creating old-economy physical products.
"I wasn’t against communism, but i can’t say i was for it either. At first, i viewed it suspiciously, as some kind of white man’s concoction, until i read works by African revolutionaries and studied the African liberation movements. Revolutionaries in Africa understood that the question of African liberation was not just a question of race, that even if they managed to get rid of the white colonialists, if they didn’t rid themselves of the capitalistic economic structure, the white colonialists would simply be replaced by Black neocolonialists. There was not a single liberation movement in Africa that was not fighting for socialism. In fact, there was not a single liberation movement in the whole world that was fighting for capitalism. The whole thing boiled down to a simple equation: anything that has any kind of value is made, mined, grown, produced, and processed by working people. So why shouldn’t working people collectively own that wealth? Why shouldn’t working people own and control their own resources? Capitalism meant that rich businessmen owned the wealth, while socialism meant that the people who made the wealth owned it."Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (via rs620)
"The Bush administration immediately seized upon the fear generated by the attacks not only to launch the “War on Terror” but to ensure that it is an almost completely for-profit venture, a booming new industry that has breathed new life into the faltering U.S. economy. Best understood as a “disaster capitalism complex,” it has much farther-reaching tentacles than the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned against at the end of his presidency: this is global war fought on every level by private companies whose involvement is paid for with public money, with the unending mandate of protecting the United States homeland in perpetuity while eliminating all “evil” abroad. In only a few short years, the complex has already expanded its market reach from fighting terrorism to international peacekeeping, to municipal policing, to responding to increasingly frequent natural disasters. The ultimate goal for the corporations at the center of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary and day-to-day functioning of the state — in effect, to privatize the government."Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (via probablyasocialecologist)
Poverty is what happens when big business runs your government, when public utilities are sold off to private profiteering interests and the public is indoctrinated with beliefs based on profits for the few at all costs will somehow magically trickle down to make everyone better off.
Wake up. Look to countries that are getting it right: low crime, low unemployment, free education (they actually pay you to study), great health care, brilliant public transport, massive surpluses … Norway is just one example. Why aren’t we following them when they’re clearly getting it right? Because god forbid we lean towards a socialist economy that looks after everyone equally … it means that the 1% actually have to pull some of their own weight and that is simply unacceptable.
"Poverty too, like feminism, is often framed as an identity problem. As though the poor had not been created by injustice but are a lost tribe who just happen to exist, and can be rescued in the short term by a system of grievance redressal (administered by NGOs on an individual, person-to-person basis), and whose long-term resurrection will come from Good Governance — under the regime of Global Corporate Capitalism, it goes without saying."Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story (via locusimperium)
What do you have to say to people who believe that capitalism is raising poor people out of poverty?
Well probably something along the lines of pointing out the fact that capitalism is the reason poverty exists, and that the vast majority of people who “escape” poverty under capitalism ‘escape’ into a lifetime of soul destroying, alienated labour which debilitates them physically and mentally. The tiny number of people who go from poverty to riches are an irrelevant anomaly when compared to the great mass of subjugated humanity who will never have the opportunity to experience the same luck.
I think behind these arguments is usually the presupposition that merely not living in poverty should be enough for working class people - that the bare minimum needed for us to reproduce our labour power fresh for exploitation on a daily basis should be the limit of our aspirations… and even more laughably, that we should actually thank them for it.
Capitalism raises people out of poverty so that they can squeeze more value out of their labour, and for no other reason. the farmer also provides his livestock with grass, food and shelter..Actually, poverty was around way before capitalism. What capitalism does is PERPETUATE poverty.
To maintain the kind of labour force you need in a capitalist system, you need your workers to actively FEAR unemployment. The more they fear unemployment, the more docile they will be in the workplace and less willing to resist exploitation.
This REQUIRES a large surplus of unemployed people in dire poverty that no sane person would be willing to risk by rocking the boat at work.
Wow, they actually think that median wages in pre-industrial societies is comparable to that same amount in post/industrial societies. Someone’s really been drinking from the kool aid…
This country is such a fucking joke. Did you know that if we were to divide the income in this country fairly it would be about 300,000 per person. That’s annually. You could give each person in this country 100,000 and still have enough to invest in infrastructure and research. Instead we have people who don’t have water, don’t have their basic human rights fulfilled, because they don’t have enough to pay a bill.Capitalism is inhumane.
"Look at the survival struggle in Detroit under a corporate police state, which denies water to people, because that is what we will all get in years to come if we do not fightback now. Food riots, water rebellions, and other struggles over the basics of human survival denied and/or regulated by the gov’t and corporations."Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin (via america-wakiewakie)
"We live in an era when conservatives and the financial elite collapse public concerns into private interests, define people largely as consumers and consider everyone potential terrorists. Moreover, the apostles of neoliberal capitalism militarize and commodify the entire society, consider youth as nothing more than a source of profit, define education as training, undermine the welfare state in favor of a warfare state and define democracy as synonymous with the language of capital. We live in a period that the late Gil Scott-Heron once called “winter in America.” As the forces of authoritarianism sweep over every major US institution, the time for widespread resistance and radical democratic change has never been so urgent. Such change will not come unless the call for political and economic change is matched by a change in subjectivity, consciousness and the desire for a better world. This is, in part, a theoretical challenge and supports individual and collective efforts to reconfigure those public spheres where theory can emerge and be refined into modes of critique, understanding and collective action. As a mode of resistance, dangerous thinking is the basis for a formative and pedagogical culture of questioning and politics that takes seriously how knowledge can become central to the practice of freedom, justice and democratic change. At a time of lowered expectations, thinking dangerously raises the bar and points to making the impossible, once again, all the more possible."Henry A. Giroux (via azspot)
COOL PRANK: push a rich person off a cliff and as they’re dangling there struggling to keep their grip give them a long lecture about how no one ever gave you a hand, they just need to learn to work hard and pull themselves up like the rest of us
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.
OHH ’ become a meaningful contribution to society’ bc that should be our only meaning in life !!!!!!!!! HEY EVERYONE the only way our existence can be VALID is to contribute the overbearing hand of capitalism even if we are not treated with RESPECT and given opportunities that we would never be able to reach otherwise!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [[Fuck u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]