#710

With the destabilising of the market economy we begin to recognise the monuments of the bourgeoisie as ruins even before they have crumbled.
Walter Benjamin

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#707

Poverty cannot be ‘cured’, for it is not a symptom of the disease of capitalism. Quite the reverse: it is evidence of its robust good health, its spur to even greater accumulation and effort.
Jeremy Seabrook

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#706

It seems to be easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations.
Fredric Jameson, The Seeds of Time

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#705

Force is the only solution open to capital; the accumulation of capital, seen as an historical process, employs force as a permanent weapon, not only at its genesis, but further on down to the present day.
Rosa Luxemburg

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#704

Demonstrators could be looting department stores for one hundred years and still they wouldn’t have taken back even half of what has been stolen from them at work, at school, in a meaningless life.
Leaflet entitled Sometimes written in insurrected Athens, 2008

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#703

It’s OK to #resistcapitalism on an iPhone. The feudal lord who owned the pitchforks the peasants killed him with prob observed the irony too.
Lawrence Richards

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#699

Rapid growth of productive capital calls forth just as rapid a growth of wealth, of luxury, of social needs and social pleasures. Therefore, although the pleasures of the labourer have increased, the social gratification which they afford has fallen in comparison with the increased pleasures of the capitalist, which are inaccessible to the worker, in comparison with the stage of development of society in general. Our wants and pleasures have their origin in society; we therefore measure them in relation to society; we do not measure them in relation to the objects which serve for their gratification. Since they are of a social nature, they are of a relative nature.
Marx, Wage Labour and Capital

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#698

A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skillful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well—this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection, and of sociality as a whole.
Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

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#685

Is not the individual who functions normally, adequately, and healthily as a citizen of a sick society – is not such an individual himself sick?
Herbert Marcuse, Negations: Essays in Critical Theory

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#674

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.
Ursula Le Guin

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#672

I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.
Angela Davis

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