Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history. Kshama Sawant, a member of the populist Occupy Seattle movement, ran on a platform of raising Washington State’s minimum wage to $15 and levying a “millionaire tax” to pay for mass transit and public education.

“Capitalism doesn’t inspire creativity, it stifles it. There are millions of geniuses that might be doing something brilliant, but instead are putting stickers on packets of biscuits they can barely afford for 12 hours a day so some lazy prick can play golf every Sunday with all the other impotent do nothing pricks.”

(via occupyla)

“Think about the strangeness of today’s situation. Thirty, forty years ago, we were still debating about what the future will be: communist, fascist, capitalist, whatever. Today, nobody even debates these issues. We all silently accept global capitalism is here to stay. On the other hand, we are obsessed with cosmic catastrophes: the whole life on earth disintegrating, because of some virus, because of an asteroid hitting the earth, and so on. So the paradox is, that it’s much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more modest radical change in capitalism.”
— Slajov Zizek
“We like to blame corporations for the ills that follow, but in truth we’ve made this compact with ourselves. After all, we know the roots of the great economic deals we’re getting. They come from workers forced to settle for lower wages and benefits. They come from companies that shed their loyalties to communities and morph into global supply chains. They come from CEOs who take home exorbitant paychecks. And they come from industries that often wreak havoc on the environment.”

How Capitalism Is Killing Democracy

Then why are we complacent? Why am I complacent? 

In the book, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Wilhelm Reich comments on the concept of Sex-Economy. His argument is that fascism controls human beings, by controlling the flows of human sexuality. Capitalism, in the same way, controls human sexuality in order to control consumption. Researchers have found that people who are sexually frustrated are more likely to consume and spend. This again, emphasizes capitalism’s obsession with both the objectification and control of our sexual instincts. Advertisements turn sex into a selling tool; the human body and especially the body of woman, is turned into a platform to sell: ideas, lifestyles and products.

The Commodification of Women

As corporations hold tighter and tighter onto the levers of power, it becomes evident that democracy has been hijacked by lobbyists and the corporations that hire them. Obama’s biggest donor in 2008 was Goldman Sachs, the world’s second most despicable corporation, after Monsanto. If you’ve ever heard of Goldman Sachs, you know that Goldman Sachs does nothing for free. Every dollar they invest, they expect to make $10 back, this goes for elections as well. This sort of illicit connectivity allows corporations to have their way on every level: war, finance, invasions, IMF-policies. Notice the eyes of the corporate puppet holder and the reflection of stock market charts.

The Activists Art Collective

Lol is this satire?? I’m going to pretend it is.  

Lol is this satire?? 
I’m going to pretend it is.  

Cut Poison Burn is a searing film that illuminates the grim truth about America’s so-called War on Cancer. This thought-provoking documentary takes on the forces that have conspired to thwart meaningful advances in cancer research and treatment over the past century. These forces include the federal government (in its effort to label and persecute innovators as quacks), drug companies eager to suppress alternative treatments and powerful industry organizations that place profit over human lives. The story centers on the Navarros, a family struggling to keep their young son alive. The war between the Navarro Family and the FDA is perhaps this country’s greatest evidence as to why there should be medical freedom. As the personal meets the political, we see how the FDA holds a vise-like grip on treatment options. Heart-wrenching and informative, the film ultimately expresses the hope that we can create a new paradigm of prevention, medical freedom and acceptance of highly-tailored therapies to usher in a more enlightened era. Over 12 years, 150 hours of footage and interviews with top oncologists, researchers, policy-makers, homeopaths and patients carry the story and reveal that we are on the brink of disaster and in desperate need of reform.

Downloading now; has anyone seen/heard of it? Anyone know of its merit right off the top of their head?

“When you idealize financial markets as salvific you embrace the idea that profit is all that matters.”
— Dave Woessner, 31, a student at Harvard Divinity School

10 Myths That Politicians Want You to Believe

10. Quantitative Easing Helps the Economy (At the moment, it’s causing prices of food and gas to go up.)
9. Republicans Are Fiscal Conservatives (Obama is breaking stereotypes, and it’s not because he’s colored.)
8. President Obama Is an Enemy of Wall Street (“President Obama is the best friend Wall Street could have.”)
7. The Financial System Is Safer Today Than in 2008
6. The ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Increased Tax Revenue 
5. ‘No One’ Could Have Seen the Financial Crisis Coming
4. If You Support Capitalism, You Support Big Business
3. Republicans Are a Bunch of Fat-Cat Millionaires (So are Democrats.)
2. The U.S. Has the Highest Standard of Living in the World (17 out of the 19 developed countries of the world.)
1. U.S. GDP Is Growing (loljk)

How You Can Fight for the Truth

America is still a great place to live — we’ve just lost our way, misled by Republicans and Democrats alike. If you’re fed up with the way things are and you want to make a real change, don’t buy into the hype around political parties. Political parties are like unions: They do the absolute minimum to keep constituents happy while doing everything they can to raise money and hold on to power.

In the days of the Internet and free-flowing information, there is never a good reason to vote along party lines. Vote for the best man or woman — he or she might be a Democrat, Republican or independent. When people say things that make you uncomfortable, they might be onto something and are at least worth listening to.

Bill Bernbach, one of America’s most innovative businessmen, used to carry a slip of paper in his pocket. It read: “Maybe he’s right.”

John DeFeo

“Capitalism is the most wildly productive economic system in history, but the one thing it cannot produce is meaning. Even more troubling is the way, through its promotion of narcissism and mindless consumption, that capitalism undermines the larger culture’s ability to create real meaning. Virtually all of what is good in society — solidarity, compassion, creativity, ethics, joy — comes from outside capitalism, giving the illusion that capitalism is a civilized system. It’s a cliché, but important enough that we sing it over and over: Money can’t buy you love. Capitalism cannot create a healthy human community, and it undermines the aspect of human nature rooted in solidarity and love.”