1. spoiler alert: after a rigorous experience of scripted backstabbing and planned betrayals, contestants all agree that your fellow human is not to be trusted, massive social inequality and aggressive individualism are the only way to organize a society, there is no alternative, and we self-interested billionaires at FOX totally had absolutely nothing to do with them coming to this convenient conclusion whatsoever

     

  2. Budweiser is spending millions of dollars, utilizing thousands of hours of human labor, printing out massive amounts of ink on canvas, and burning thousands of gallons of petroleum all to let you know that their cans now contain an extra ounce of beer-flavored water. #late capitalism 

     

  3. It is a deep thing that people still celebrate the survival of the early colonists at Plymouth—by giving thanks to the Christian God who supposedly protected and championed the European invasion. The real meaning of all that, then and now, needs to be continually excavated. The myths and lies that surround the past are constantly draped over the horrors and tortures of our present.

    Every schoolchild in the U.S. has been taught that the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony invited the local Indians to a major harvest feast after surviving their first bitter year in New England. But the real history of Thanksgiving is a story of the murder of indigenous people and the theft of their land by European colonialists—and of the ruthless ways of capitalism.

     
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  5. Nov 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. 

    "They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!" Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. "We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment."

     

  6. One thing in particular that really infuriates me about capitalist consumer culture is how it trains people to throw temper tantrums like entitled jerks just to get what they want and effectively punishes people for being reasonable and considering the needs of others. I can’t tell you how many companies I’ve worked for where the standing policy was “explain to people the rules and hopefully they’ll go along without a fuss, but if they make a scene then give them an incentive to calm them down.” Like, okay so the friendly, understanding person I just talked to gets the shaft while the self-centered asshole gets a prize for having a hissy fit?

     

  7. "The Maoist perspective on the women’s question in India also identifies patriarchy as an institution that has been the cause of women’s oppression throughout class society. But it does not identify it as a separate system with its own laws of motion. The understanding is that patriarchy takes different content and forms in different societies depending on their level of development and the specific history and condition of that particular society; that it has been and is being used by the ruling classes to serve their interests. Hence there is no separate enemy for patriarchy. The same ruling classes, whether imperialists, capitalists, feudals and the State they control, are the enemies of women because they uphold and perpetuate the patriarchal family, gender discrimination and the patriarchal ideology within that society."
    — Anuradha GhandyPhilosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement
     


  8. Mexican communist singer Judith Reyes sings a “Song about [President] Echeverria’s trip to Cuba” from her 1976 album, Iztacalco and the Poor People’s Revolution of Latin America.

    Dices que México lindo no va para el socialismo, pero que tampoco estamos dentro del capitalismo. Propones la democracia social, cual nuevo sistema? Respóndeme, Presidente: que clase en ésta gobierna? Porque en el capitalismo gobierna la burguesía, gobierna y explota al hombre y acosa como jauría. En cambio el proletariado es quien manda en el socialismo, pero socialdemocracia es igual que el capitalismo!

    You say that beautiful Mexico isn’t going to go socialist, but that neither are we really capitalist. You propose social democracy, but what’s new about that? Answer me, President: in that system, what class governs? Because in capitalism the bourgeoisie governs, it governs and exploits man, and harasses him like a pack of dogs. In contrast, the proletariat is who rules in socialism, but social democracy is the same thing as capitalism!

     

  9. funny that the entire time i was in mexico i heard people complain about crumbling social services, high unemployment, rising prices, corruption, and violent crime but never once heard anyone say “but you know what the real problem is? cultural appropriation”

    like, people on tumblr hate more on sombrero-wearing gabachos than they do on carlos slim, ese guey que se adueñó de la economía mexicana, i mean seriously who do you think the real enemy is. stereotypes are ugly but capitalist monopolies are far uglier, people

     

  10. "When Mexico crashed in 1994, Michael Camdessus, the IMF managing director, prophetically described the event as “the first major crisis of our new world of globalized financial markets.” Succeeding years rapidly proved him right, with a series of severe national financial crises hitting Thailand, Indonesia, Korea (1997), Russia and Brazil (1998), and Argentina (2002). All of them shared a common cause—the prior liberalization of national capital markets had left them vulnerable to massive capital flight. They also shared a common outcome—it is an iron rule of financial crises that the taxpayer always ends up picking up the bill for bailing out banks and foreign investors alike. As one banker told the Wall Street Journal in 1985, “We foreign bankers are for the free market system when we are out to make a buck, and believe in the state when we’re about to lose a buck.”"
    — Duncan Green, Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America [2003]
     

  11. one of the factors that IMO has historically made capitalist states more ideologically hegemonic and [artificially-] stable than socialist states is that, under capitalism, dispersed private ownership means also dispersed blame for micro-frustrations in peoples’ lives. a long line at the grocery store, high prices for a consumer good, a jackass clerk, nothing good to watch on TV, a jerk manager, a subpar cheeseburger at the drive-thru, a malfunctioning product, etc. are all the fault of non-state actors with no clear links to the dominant institutions. and because capitalist ideology is not openly proclaimed as-such, making these very real connections (your bad experience -> store -> company -> industry -> economic system) is quite difficult.

    when there’s a long line, it’s Safeway that is incompetent. when your cell phone doesn’t work, you blame Samsung, maybe at&t. when your lunch is gross, it’s the fault of McDonald’s. when the guy at the department store register is a jerk, you are upset with JCPenney. and because there aren’t tons of real monopolies that people confront on a daily basis, people are given a steam valve of “well, i’m never going back there again!” or “they just lost my business!”, only to end up shopping at a store whose priorities are virtually identical to the one to which they swore never to return.

    but in socialism, even if we don’t conceive of all institutions of goods-distribution as being “state-owned,” openly-proclaimed socialist ideology and the highly coordinated character of socialist economies encourage people to make connections toward a singular blame that they rarely make independently under capitalism. you can even see this somewhat in capitalist states, where people in the united states use the DMV (department of motor vehicles) as a reason for why the state shouldn’t run things, but never use Blockbuster Video as an example of why the private sector shouldn’t run things.

    my point is that when everything and everyone in Society capable of pissing you off can be identified as being part of the system, then the system is perceived as being to blame for everything and must be replaced with a new one that, despite most social problems—from the large to the laughably insignificant—getting worse under its reign, never seems to be directly at fault for anything.

     
  12. Morelia, Michoacán — Avenida Francisco I. Madero

     

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  14. No theory of intersectionality proposed by proponents of post-modern and identitarian approaches has done anything more significant than inform us of the obvious fact that oppression intersects and overlaps; they generally fail to explain why and how they overlap, and more importantly they fail to provide a praxis of revolutionary unity.

    "[The] language idealism [of identity politics] becomes nothing but a self-righteous exercise when it refuses to contemplate a praxis of mass pedagogy based on actually changing the material circumstances and instead focuses on anti-oppression training, atomized concepts of privilege, and how to speak correctly.

    "…the theoretical constellation of identity politics often provides the inactive marxist with an excuse to remain inactive.  One must not engage with the masses if they say the wrong words; one must not engage with concrete reality if it cannot be transformed so easily into a safe space.

    We need to ask why the praxis mobilized by identity politics matters only to radicals at the centres of global capitalism.  Why is this set politics seen as petty-bourgeois by revolutionary movements at the global peripheries […]?”

     

  15. I am making a declaration.

    communismkills:

    If you think that “socialists aren’t so bad”, “communists can be nice”, “mutualism is anarchy”, “capitalism is bad but markets are good”, “wages mean markets aren’t free”, “the relationship between employer and employee is authoritarian and it’s libertarian to destroy it”, “libertarians should join the social justice movement”, “liberals and libertarians have more in common than traditionalists and libertarians”, “there is nothing on the right about liberty”, “all your traditions are oppressive, viva la anarchy!” etc. you are not only a complete idiot, but you are an enemy of mine, an enemy of freedom, and I will dedicate my life to destroying you.