"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.COOL POPE STRIKES AGAIN (via thebicker)
Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system."
"I think it’s telling that Mark [Fisher] never talks about capitalism in terms of the processes of exploitation or surplus value, of the ways in which capitalism functions as the naturalisation of gratuitous labour, and in particular how this plays out in gendered and racialised terms. This is the sense in which Marx invoked vampires, and loath as I am to render capital in monstrous terms, the way Marx used it (as a critique of exploitation) is nevertheless the inverse of what Mark is attempting to do here. Maybe he does not think those concepts are relevant or important. Fine. But they are precisely what explains how subjects are formed and recomposed—contra the voluntarist, decisionist fantasies of Leninists. And these concepts—the very things that distinguished Marx’s critique of capitalism from the radical liberalism of his day—make it possible to think about a politics that does not play race off against gender, or pit class against sexuality, at a time of austerity. But, when all is said and done, venting the fantasy that a political project is being thwarted by criticisms on social media does not ensure that those projects will succeed. That is, unless ‘success’ has been practically and more or less consciously defined as the recruitment of people who do not want to talk critically about race or gender politics, will not overly criticise those (white men) who present themselves as their ‘leaders,’ and who will actively curtail any committment to anti-racism or anti-sexism in the name of a ‘class unity’ magically redefined as essentially white and male. In all seriousness, if I am wrong and this is not the case, then why has there been no other political agenda offered, no other desire given expression to, other than this increasingly frenetic insistence to stop people—not just those inside this organisation but even those who do not wish to join it!—talking so much about racism and sexism? It’s not just that this mantra denies the importance of racism and sexism. It’s that it has no critique of capital or the ways in which capitalism works."Angela Mitropoulos, B-Grade Politics and Reaction (via fourwindsshotgun)
"if your question wants to ask: was capitalism in its beginnings revolutionary, did the industrial revolution ever coincide with a social revolution? The answer is no. At least I don’t think so. From its birth capitalism has been connected with a savage repression. It very quickly acquired its organization and State apparatus. Did capitalism entail the dissolution of previous codes and powers? Absolutely. But it had already set up the gears of its power, including its State power, in the fissures of previous regimes. It’s always like that: there is very little progress. Even before a social formation gets going, its instruments of exploitation and repression are already there, aimlessly spinning their wheels, but ready to swing into high gear. The first capitalist are waiting there like birds of prey, waiting to swoop on the worker who has fallen through the cracks of the previous system. This is what is meant by primitive accumulation."Gilles Deleuze (via makhno1991)
"The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it."
"As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped of political power. They recognize that we have been shorn of our most basic and cherished civil liberties, and live under the gaze of the most intrusive security and surveillance apparatus in human history. Half the country lives in poverty. Many of the rest of us, if the corporate state is not overthrown, will join them. These truths are no longer hidden."Chris Hedges (via azspot)
ok this is like one of the worst things ive ever seen
africa is not a monolith and this is creating some wack binary, why the fuck is it ok to obscure the history of colonialism in africa in favour of some super capitalist view of africa as basically a pile of resources (for the west to exploit) (oh wait thats still colonialism. oops)
(Source: fckyeahprettyafricans)"Between pigs and human beings there was not, and there need not be, any clash of interests whatsoever. Their struggles and their difficulties were one. Was not the labour problem the same everywhere? Here it became apparent that Mr Pilkington was about to spring some carefully prepared witticism on the company, but for a moment he was too overcome by amusement to be able to utter it. After much choking, during which his various chins turned purple, he managed to get out: ‘If you have your lower animals to contend with,’ he said, ‘we have our lower classes!’"George Orwell, Animal Farm
I just found this picture in my file of quotes and I thought to myself “Why have I saved a quote by the poster boy for Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan?”
On the other hand, it’s a good sign that I picked up who Hayek is and his basic political orientation, since I’m doing a course on political philosophy and I photocopied one of his essays JUST TODAY to work on my current assignment.
The question? ‘Can we justify a loss of some specific freedoms by claiming these losses enhance our autonomy and is this dangerous?’ Maybe if someone asks, I’ll let you know how I intend to answer it!
stop supporting the myth that poor people don’t deserve to have “nice” things. because that sort of narrative continues to ignore the complexities of capitalism and struggle and takes us away from examining why it’s easier for someone living below the poverty line to get a smart phone than to get sustainable support for housing, employment at a livable wage, healthcare services, etc.
"According to a release from the universities of Bamberg and Bonn, a study by economists Armin Falk and Nora Szech released in the journal Science found that markets erode people’s morality and help them make decisions that look outright awful without the thin veil of commerce. In short, capitalism makes us do some not-so-nice things."
From a study released today. Read the rest at the link, it’s really worth it.