Choking on Money Wednesday

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One of the biggest ironies of the right-wing trope accusing socialists of wanting “free stuff” is that in reality, the entire capitalist economy would immediately collapse if it couldn’t continue to rely on free stuff. Without free or artificially cheap access to things like natural resources, care work, labor and a whole array of other elements, capitalism could not stay afloat. In fact, the only way that capitalism was ever able to even emerge was through a process of “primitive accumulation” — where things like slavery and colonialism were utilized to extract free labor and resources.

It’s this oft-forgotten history that compelled Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore to write History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet. The book unpacks our modern capitalist world by tracing the fraught history of how seven elements — nature, money, work, care, food, energy and lives — were transformed and reshaped during the emergence of capitalism and up through to the modern day.

Robert R. Raymond @ TRUTHOUT

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7 Responses to Choking on Money Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Blustery weather, wind, light rain alternating, garden window plug creaking and squeaking from the wind forced into it with no place to go.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Via Waddell & Reed, 35 minutes to the Old Post Office.

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  3. Den says:

    The Low moved on, still 40, wind way down, snow in the Sierras East side.

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  4. Micki says:

    “If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.” — Guy McPherson

    “We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” — Jay Inslee

    “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

    “All things share the same breath — the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” — Chief Seattle

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  5. Micki says:

    It was a beautiful day in my neighborhood today! A little chilly, but sunny, crisp, with a pleasant breeze.

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