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Economics and Mythology

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On October 22, 2015
My most recent post on History’s Greatest Monster Paul Theroux for Caring About American Workers has led to a lot of comments that say a great deal about both ideology of the New Gilded Age and about what I believe. I think it’s time to address a few. So let me refer directly to comments, […]

Today in Human Scum

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On September 22, 2015

The worst person in the entire world may well be the pharmaceutical capitalist Martin Shkreli. Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-

Capitalism in India

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On March 7, 2015
This is a really fascinating interview with Indian novelist Rana Dasgupta on the impact of capitalism upon India. While I think he’s a bit too sanguine about the history and impact of capitalism in Europe and the U.S., one can certainly understand how that view could develop watching the incredibly tumultuous last twenty years in […]

A Great Leftist Film

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On December 17, 2014

I finally watched The Wolf of Wall Street last night. No leftist has ever made a stronger indictment of capitalism. Nor an indictment of capitalism with more cocaine and sex. That it is not a leftist

Wall Street Looting Pensions

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On September 30, 2013
Matt Taibbi has a comprehensive takedown on of how Wall Street has combined with irresponsible state politicians to steal public workers’ pensions. It’s the latest iteration of the Wall Street war to increase profits by undermining the working and middle classes. At the heart of it is former Enron billionaire John Arnold, the same man […]

Own Something!

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On September 4, 2013

Today is the first day of class at URI. I need some motivation to get me pumped for teaching. These 1920s workplace motivational posters should do the trick. I thought about titling this post “K

A More Perfect Union

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On September 4, 2013

Just in case anyone wasn’t aware that Teach for America is a tool of the capitalists, the organization has teamed up with Goldman Sachs to funnel TFA members into a career with a corporation tha

Arguably capitalism’s greatest feat in the last century is the almost complete separation of production from consumption. Modern Americans rarely see where anything is produced, whether food or consumer goods. This is an intentional move by corporations to shelter themselves from pressures to produce goods in anything other than brutal conditions that maximize profit. I […]
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