Someone on facebook posted a 99% thing and said “make capitalism work again!”




Capitalism is working.
This is how it works.
How is that difficult to grasp?

Capitalism isn’t working, it has never worked. 

I suppose I should have clarified. Saying that capitalism is “working” and that this is “how it works” isn’t a positive judgment statement.

“Capitalism is working” does not mean “Capitalism is doing good” or that we should keep it because it’s awesome. That’s not at all what I’m saying.

I was trying to point out that it seems absurd to me that people think we need to “fix capitalism”, that somehow we’ve gone away from it and need to return. Capitalism doesn’t need fixing it needs abolishing. The “1% rich/99% everyone else” thing is how capitalism works, that isn’t a failure of the system, that is the system.

Capitalism isn’t working out for us, absolutely, but that’s how capitalism works.

I sometimes hate the English language. Maybe “functions” would have been a better word to use?

Capitalism isn’t working.  Now.

That isn’t to say certain tenets of capitalism in partial usage couldn’t be beneficial when combined with limitations on its role in society.  I fully believe that no proscriptive theory will be able to function realistically in actual practice and we need to look more at the complexity of human nature and ever-changing technological ability.  The real questions I grapple with are 1. what is the role of the market?  2.  how do we uphold that?



Occupy their Mailboxes!!

"For every person on the street non-violently protesting, there are scores more at home who (either through distance or circumstance) find that they are unable to be there. This does not mean that you cannot help. 

In fact, you are needed. We are all needed.

To beat these Goliaths, we are going to need all the slings we can get. 

This group aims to give all of you who cannot be on the streets the tools to help the cause from wherever you are. Your support is greatly needed.

We are going to focus, on overflowing the mailboxes of our government and our media with focused mass mailings. You can find the first assignment on the NOTES page. A form letter is even provided for you if you need it. You need only follow the directions and spread, spread, spread the word! 
This first letter will be sent en masse on MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th.

Let’s knock down some giants.”

We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.

David Graeber at the Guardian, in the best piece I’ve read yet on Occupy Wall Street (via judyxberman)

This article is fucking great.

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The part about being “punished and humilaited” for “doing what you were told to do,” is breaking my heart. It’s so fucking true and it SUCKS.

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Hello, you’ve just described my life.

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I think what’s scariest about this lousy economy is something he briefly touches on in the article - what IS “the economy” and what do we want from it? We have to question, question, question, and if we do, the entire structure of our civilization as we know it could come tumbling down. Do we have the courage to imagine a new way of life? Or will we continue to plug our ears and let dysfunction reign in exchange for a slice of hollow security?

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Hollow security for some, crushing poverty and degradation for others!!!  RA RA!!!