It was in Mexico that Reed not only indulged his taste for action and adventure but also witnessed the lows of degrading poverty, the highs of revolutionary hope, and the lengths the international capitalist class would go to in order to prevent egalitarian social transformation.
Source: How the Mexican Revolution Made John Reed a Red
Since the pandemic became global, there has been a sharp increase in the percentage of remote workers. Liberals have championed this shift but ignored the fact that allowing people to work remotely does nothing to combat the exploitation inherent in capitalist labor.
Source: Remote Work Won’t End Exploitation
COP 26 reaffirmed what has been obvious from the beginning: the Northern colonial and capitalist states most responsible for creating the climate crisis are unwilling to place people before profits in order to address the planet’s looming ecological collapse and humanitarian catastrophe.
Source: COP26: Greenwashing, Plutocratic Misadventures – and the Possibilities of Radical Transformation – CounterPunch.org
Let’s be very clear at this point in history: It is free-market ideologues—not democratic socialists—who are killing democracy.
It is important to point out the abuse of terminology on all sides. Sanders uses the term ‘socialist’ but isn’t a socialist and Hayek attacks FDR-ism in the context of his attack on socialism, no doubt with the USSR in mind.
Although Hayek is a hopeless case ideologist the fact remains that by 1944 it was becoming clear that socialism leading to totalitarianism was a real danger in the Bolshevik case. In fact, the left was deeply challenged in the coming generation and let the neoliberal meance to freedom (!) take hold. It was not enough to respond with kneejerk socialist slogans: the question was to create freedom in the context of no markets, a tasks the left failed at.
The fact of the matter is that socialism ended up the antithesis to liberalism/democracy when the affinity of the whole field one to the other should be clear. Hayek complains of socialist loss of freedom but the case of the US with its devastating mind-control tactics in association with capitalist advertising and the lessons learned in controlling freedom for imperialist aggression and militarism for profit make Hayek’s critique of socialism mindless muddle.
The challenge remains to bring democracy and socialism together in a new take on freedom, markets, and the opportunity of socialism to create a real democracy.
Our idea of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ shows that it is not enough to champion socialism without a model to make it work.
Source: Opinion | Was Frederick Hayek a Bernie Sanders Socialist? | Les Leopold
The United States marked a grim milestone Oct. 1 as the 700,000th death from COVID-19 was officially registered. Since January of 2020 the United States has also counted over 43 million cases, the most of any country on the planet for both deaths and infections.
Source: U.S. Covid death toll hits 700,000: A massacre by the capitalist system | MR Online
Yes, the time for talk is well past and one more report isn’t likely to change minds or induce new action. Nonetheless, it is always useful to have the latest information when dealing with an ongoi…
Source: Earth burns and the capitalist world talks « Systemic Disorder
Perhaps one of the more recent forms of capitalism is Corporate Capitalism. In corporate capitalism, corporations dominate a capitalist and oligopoly-like market economy. These large multi-national and hierarchically organized corporations operate with a substantial managerialist administration (hence: MBA). These corporate apparatchiks control production, global supply chains and the amount of profits these corporations generate for More
Source: Corporate Capitalism Works … For Some! – CounterPunch.org
“Are we in an interregnum, a pause before we plunge into the abyss? Is the Joe Biden presidency just a temporary respite, the lull before the storm?In the pre-Trump era such questions would have legitimately been considered to be alarmism in the extreme. Today, however, Trump may be out of office, but the forces he has helped unleash, and which still remain, are cause for genuine concern. In fact, anybody who is unwilling to take such questions seriously is looking at the United States through rosy colored glasses.Out-of-control police forces, voter suppression and Republican-organized voter fraud, and demographic/geographic changes all combine with new repressive laws to threaten the very existence of capitalist democracy in the United States.”Full article:https://oaklandsocialist.com/2021/04/29/america-in-remission-before-cander-returns/
Source: [marxmail] America: In Remission Before Cancer Returns?
Source: In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, a Showdown Over Amazon Rainforest
This is a grotesque decline even in the standard of capitalism which while consistently predatory was still short of the irrational madness it has become.
We end up with a choice: abolish capitalism, before or after it has burnt out the planet…