Capitalism

Misinformation in the Media

Why does media exist? Are they about information, or about sensation? A pit bull killed a woman during the last summer. Media such as T.V.A or L.C.N took that non-important news and took it to the front page; it created fear in the population. The government even had the idea of a law that would oblige the pit bull owner to let professionals kill their dogs. That example is one of many others. The real issue is that sensationalism in media can lead to disinformation.

The Business of Education

Since its arrival in Europe in the 18th century, capitalism started to grow exponentially, taking over country after country. Its effects were explicit and immediate. Now, it is a root of our society, and this economical system influences every part of it, such as education. I chose to talk about an article called Does Market Competition Encourage Strategic Action In The Private Education since it discusses about the effect of our economic system in schools through interesting point of views, such as the competition that it introduces.

 

Capitalism's Influence in Society

Ever since the creation of education systems, schools’ objectives kept changing. As society progressed and changed, we developed new needs, so the education system had to change to satisfy them. One of the main interests in our society is economy, which we can trace back its influence to the Industrial Revolutions. As capitalism started to grow, the education started to be slowly influenced, up to a point where it was molded by it.

They call it emancipation

In modern times, the emancipation of women is progressed as far as never before. One part of this emancipation is the better opportunities for women in the workforce. When it comes to this institutional level, a lot of feminists have the opinion that women have to work in higher positions. But is this really what most women want? And further, is this what feminism should be about? I want to shed a light on the topic of anti-capitalist feminism.

Mass Surveillance & Social Control

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“The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, in his essential book “Democracy Incorporated,” calls our system of corporate governance “inverted totalitarianism,” which represents “the political coming of age of corporate power and the political demobilization of the citizenry.” It differs from classical forms of totalitarianism, which revolve around a demagogue or charismatic leader; it finds its expression in the anonymity of the corporate state. The corporate forces behind inverted totalitarianism do not, as classical totalitarian movements do, replace decaying structures with new structures. They instead purport to honor electoral politics, freedom of expression and the press, the right to privacy and the guarantees of law. But they so corrupt and manipulate electoral politics, the courts, the press and the essential levers of power as to make genuine democratic participation by the masses impossible. The U.S. Constitution has not been rewritten, but steadily emasculated through radical judicial and legislative interpretation. We have been left with a fictitious shell of democracy and a totalitarian core.”

- Chris Hedges

Climate, Justice & Global Capitalism

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“Perhaps at the time of the 1992 Earth Summit, or even at the turn of the millennium, 2°C levels of mitigation could have been achieved through significant evolutionary changes within the political and economic hegemony. But climate change is a cumulative issue! Now, in 2013, we in high-emitting (post-)industrial nations face a very different prospect. Our ongoing and collective carbon profligacy has squandered any opportunity for the ‘evolutionary change’ afforded by our earlier (and larger) 2°C carbon budget. Today, after two decades of bluff and lies, the remaining 2°C budget demands revolutionary change to the political and economic hegemony”

- Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research (UK)