Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking and ...

Quotable: Chris Rock on wages

Quotable: George Carlin on incentives

Economics for Dummies: The scariest poet in Britain?

Funny, he doesn’t look so intimidating to me: But then again, I’m not a corporate tax dodger.

Economics for Dummies: I got 99 problems, and the rich ARE one

If this is not THE song of the year, I will be severely surprised. Download it and crank it…OFTEN.

Economics for Dummies: The true relationship of Liberty and Capitalism

Any questions?

Quotable: Jason Read on parasites

Chairman Mao rolls in his grave

150 computer factory workers had to be talked down from a “suicide jump” in protest of lousy working conditions at the infamous Foxconn. This would not have made the news when Mao Zedong was in charge of China… The workers were eventually coaxed down after two days on top of their three-floor plant in Wuhan ...

China: A village fights back

The story, courtesy of the UK Telegraph: For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt. The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the ...

Economics for Dummies: Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

A little holiday hymn from the true gods and messiahs of the world: the 1%ers. Hallelujah!

What you’re not being told about Libya

Bob Powell of Above Top Secret neatly unpacks the Libyan revolution-that-wasn’t. Some interesting shockers I hadn’t heard yet include the presence of al-Qaida, apparently operating with CIA blessing, in the “National Transitional Council”, and the presence of Qatari troops, in their own country’s uniform and speaking with distinctly non-African accents, among the so-called “rebels”. (The ...

Quotable: Naomi Klein on the so-called free market

Quotable: George Monbiot on wealth

Quotable: Fran Lebowitz on capitalism and democracy

Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Man, that Ike. What a commie-pinko socialist. How the hell did he ever become a Republican? (And speaking of which: Why is that party not deader than the friggin’ dodo by now?)

Why Iceland isn’t in the news nowadays

Michael Hudson has some hints: More at The Real News Basically, it has a lot to do with fucking those who have fucked you, and using a splintery broomstick to do it. Yeah, Icelanders got up on their hind legs and raised a ruckus. And the banks backed down. Iceland has made a rather dramatic ...

Quotable: Adam Smith on progressive taxation

Man, that Adam Smith. Some “Father of Capitalism” this commie-pinko socialist wealth redistributor is turning out to be, eh?

Quotable: Kieran Bonner on the banality of evil

“We are not suffering from a secret cabal of evil masterminds who plotted to bring down the world economy. The problem was not secrecy. On the contrary, the ballooning debt of the last 20 years, the massive student levels of student debt, the internet bubble, the real-estate bubble, the rise of speculation, the replacement of ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Happy 1-month birthday, OWS!

Occupy Wall Street is now one month old, and still going strong. It’s also spreading across the continent and around the world. Virtually all major cities in North America (and quite a few minor ones as well) now have “Occupy” movements. And, if the news is to be believed, the powers-that-be are getting mighty nervous ...

Heroes for Today: Alan Grayson

Don’t you love how, in just a minute and a half, he shuts up a whole table full of rightards with nothing but the facts? (And yeah, how about that prick in the green, P.J. O’Rourke? He hauls out every tired right-wing media stereotype of hippies, but doesn’t describe a single leftist that I’ve actually ...

Quotable: Abe Lincoln on plutocracy

The History of Oil

Ever see a stand-up comedy routine about oil wars and oil coups? This Brit does a fantastic job of taking horrible reality and making it hilarious. Without, I might add, diverging for one moment from the truth.

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Some necessary levity

Okkupy teh Wall Streetz! And why is this happening? Well, That’s why. You can’t haz cheezburger when all da cookiez is in da banksterz.

Fear of a white shirt

A whiteshirt (the now infamous Anthony Bologna, police inspector, NYPD) pepper-sprays a group of peaceful women protesters at Occupy Wall Street. You can hear one of the blue-shirted officers say “I can’t believe he just fuckin’ maced her.” This incident took place near Union Square, in Manhattan. Dangerous Minds recently asked how many cops it ...

Quotable: Confucius on poverty and wealth