"The impact of so much drug company money coursing through the veins of Congress is often incremental or largely unseen by the American public, such as the industry’s efforts to block competitors in India from making generic versions of HIV/Aids medicines that are more affordable to developing countries."
"Of all the groups, the ones facing the steepest increases in problematic drinking are #women, those with low socioeconomic status, older adults, and racial or ethnic #minorities. The increases were so severe across the population that the study authors wrote they “constitute a public health crisis.”
What do you do when, upon debating #automation and self-driving cars with that one #liberal friend, you are met with the following statement: "from a hegelian point of view, there's no alternative to #capitalism, because if there was, it would have already emerged. What exists is rational, what is rational exists". This guy is not yet 30 and is about to get his PhD in economics and is worrying me more and more with each passing day...
Telcos "selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address" https://boingboing.net/2017/10/15/telcos-selling-realtime-abil.html #surveillance #capitalism
Foundational problems, and foundational changes needed
by William Hawes 2017 10
The revolution will only come as a result of inner, mental transformation, as Krishnamurti foretold. Political movements may urge people towards an outward revolution of the economic structure, but ultimately, it is up to each one of us as individuals to awaken from the slumber that imperialism and capitalism has imposed on us.
#Capitalism is the root cause of over-consumption, militarism, racism, imperialism. Any reform based on social democracy is bound to fail, because it refuses to confront the structural causes of a crumbling society: capital and its accumulation to the few at the expense of the many. Capitalism, not just simply neoliberalism, must be ripped up by the roots.
#Capitalism is a cancer. And the only way to defeat this cancer is to completely, radically transform our way of living and our way of thinking about ourselves. And I call that radical transformation revolutionary. So this is the #revolution.
— James #Cromwell
Interview with DemocracyNOW!
Is this the best #capitalism has to offer us?
Or is the problem we have corporations- and oligarchs-owned media?
The high price of cheap cannabis - #leftpolitics Naked Capitalism Show more
When legal is too costly:
[... legalization looks a lot less appealing. Many are either unable or unwilling to pay state or county fees, and even for those who can, legalization will increase competition from large-scale, cut-rate growers.] [..field studies of cannabis growers in the region, predicts “massive increases in unemployment, poverty, child hunger — a disaster.”]
" 5 Men Own More Wealth Than Half the World" https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/6/muhammad_yunus_on_microfinance_grameen_bank #capitalism stretched now by #trump - to the brink
"Let us consider a question posed by McKenzie Wark: “What if this is not still #capitalism but something worse?” Wark wonders whether today a new economic class has become #hegemonic. Perhaps, in passive revolution, the once-dominant #capitalist finds himself subordinate to a new economic actor who exploits an emerging set of #extractive processes."
If you need to wait, make the act of waiting revolutionary and your not longer waiting, but being part of the beginning.
Hopefully a better beginning.
That's a picture of a random highway in #catalonia, with ppl playing chess.
#generalstrike, to interupt the routine daylife, and to shut down #capitalism and all what belongs to it...at least for some time.
After every collective wakeup call, nothing remains the same. ppl carry a new world within, time to let it be born.