Quotable: H. G. Wells on socialism

Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking and ...

Quotable: George Carlin on incentives

Economics for Dummies: The scariest poet in Britain?

Funny, he doesn’t look so intimidating to me: But then again, I’m not a corporate tax dodger.

Economics for Dummies: I got 99 problems, and the rich ARE one

If this is not THE song of the year, I will be severely surprised. Download it and crank it…OFTEN.

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Two million and counting!

Ahem. Make that two and a HALF million… And now, the story from Aporrea: At 10:06 this morning, and three months shy of his second anniversary on Twitter, President Hugo Chávez made history as the most-followed head of state on the social network, with two and a half million followers. 1394 tweets, following 21 tweeters, ...

Short ‘n’ Stubby: Ms. Manx swats SOPA

What’s that meowing I hear? A cyber-kitty with a massive pet peeve…named SOPA. Whatcha got for us, Ms. Manx? First up, the Stumpy Cat would like to direct our attention to all the hypocrites endorsing this bad legislation. She thinks this begs a lot of questions, not least of which is: Do they not see ...

Quotable: Jason Read on parasites

Festive Left Friday Blogging: The kids are all right…or should I say LEFT?

Who says so? No less an authority than The Pew: Young people — the collegiate and post-college crowd, who have served as the most visible face of the Occupy Wall Street movement — might be getting more comfortable with socialism. That’s the surprising result from a Pew Research Center poll that aims to measure American ...

It’s that time of year again…

Time, that is, for PDVSA to help capitalist people in need…and for right-wing nutters to go condemning those crazy Venezuelan commies and their insufferable social conscience: Happy Yule, and ¡¡¡VIVA CHÁVEZ!!!

Economics for Dummies: Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

A little holiday hymn from the true gods and messiahs of the world: the 1%ers. Hallelujah!

Venezuela’s gold comes home

Don’t expect to read anything good about this in your lamestream English media. And don’t expect to see these pictures, either: Citizens of Caracas hold up a banner thanking President Chávez for bringing home the gold in the name of their sovereignty. A welcoming crowd lines the streets of Caracas as the armored trucks carrying ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Mike check on Aisle 4!

Here you go, folkies…your iconic image from the craptastic retail event known as Black Friday (also known, by those in the know, as Buy Nothing Day): This young woman got a rent-a-cop escort out of a Wal-Mart in Cincinnati. She was kicked out for doing an Occupy-style “mike check”. Love her attitude. And the expression ...

Aloha, APEC. Love, the 99%.

Hawaiian singer Makana actually slipped this one below the radar on the 1%er leaders yesterday. Here’s the story: Honolulu – A change in the programmed entertainment at last night’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss. During the gala dinner, renowned ...

Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Man, that Ike. What a commie-pinko socialist. How the hell did he ever become a Republican? (And speaking of which: Why is that party not deader than the friggin’ dodo by now?)

Why Iceland isn’t in the news nowadays

Michael Hudson has some hints: More at The Real News Basically, it has a lot to do with fucking those who have fucked you, and using a splintery broomstick to do it. Yeah, Icelanders got up on their hind legs and raised a ruckus. And the banks backed down. Iceland has made a rather dramatic ...

Quotable: Adam Smith on progressive taxation

Man, that Adam Smith. Some “Father of Capitalism” this commie-pinko socialist wealth redistributor is turning out to be, eh?

Heroes for Today: Alan Grayson

Don’t you love how, in just a minute and a half, he shuts up a whole table full of rightards with nothing but the facts? (And yeah, how about that prick in the green, P.J. O’Rourke? He hauls out every tired right-wing media stereotype of hippies, but doesn’t describe a single leftist that I’ve actually ...

Short ‘n’ Stubby: Ms. Manx occupies Wall Street

It’s one of those drizzly, autumnal days around here. Usually, just the kind of weather that would send a kitty indoors, to curl up on her humans’ laps, with her tail wrapped cozily around all fours, purring and not letting them get up. But since Ms. Manx is a cyberkitty, and in any case has ...

Heroes for Today: Talking back to the 1%ers

You heard the lady. Pay it forward, you tax-dodging billionaires.

Economics for Dummies: It’s still going on

More at The Real News And it will go on until further notice. (Speaking of which, Wall Street, you are now being put on.)

Quotable: Adam Smith said WHAT?

“The subjects of every state ought to contribute toward the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to …the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state ….[As Henry Home (Lord Kames) has written, a goal of taxation should be to] ...

Is the LAHT a bunch of Koch-suckers?

I’ve always had my suspicions about a certain crappy “news” outlet pretentiously calling itself the “Latin American Herald Tribune”. I never did trust it; there was something of a rightist stench about it. And today, I received this in my e-mail. I think it tells us something about who may in fact be behind them, ...

Somebody sent me this today…

Ruin? Hell. That would be the best present I could get today. Thanks, Ben Auslander!

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Ahem. Mood music, maestros: Thank you, fellas, that was…uh…lovely. Okay. Here goes. I saw this comment piece, by someone hilariously named Ally Fogg, in the Grauniad last night. It was an eye-roller, to say the least, full of blanket assertions and straw(wo)men, and depressingly light on facts, although a lot of whiny male commenters seemed ...