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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:15 pm 
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I have a speech to give on friday and I need some quotes that are Anti-Capitalism. Perferrably someone who isn't hated in America. Any help would be greatly appreiciated.


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ANTI - CAPITALIST??? :mrgreen:
Damn, I have no idea... I have never thought about that one... Would Pro-Socialist quotes work?
Umm... How about...
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. ~ Winston Churchill

"Marx was right when he said capitalism would destroy itself as capitalist would eat capitalist until they became so big they could not compete."
Dick Smith

"If we are not careful, capitalism will self-destruct. We will destroy it as the companies have no conscience and do not really compete. They are so big they can't go broke, so they simply acquire everything."
Dick Smith

"Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy." Noam Chomsky

"The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer." Jawaharial Nehru

"Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear."
ALAN GREENSPAN, The Assault on Integrity

Oh Mr Greenspan what will the FED do without you... We are doomed people, doomed I say...
Oh by the way the last quote is actually pro capitalism... I am almost an economist so i just had to throw Greenspan in there somehow:)

Hope it helps...


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Oh, Juv that Greenspan quote is a beaut. I googled "The Assault on Integrity", and the text is online, so I'll be going to read now. Thanks! I'm reading something right now, which features Greenspan prominently - "The Price of Loyalty" about Treasury Sec Paul O'Neill. Can we start a Greenspan fansite?

Ok, anti-capitalist, how 'bout...

I've never felt rich - in the oil business others were all much richer than I was. -J. Paul Getty

Which is pretty anti-capitalist if you consider the source.


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A greenspan Fan-site... I dont mind but i am quite sure there are a few out there. The man has saved the US economy from recessions in some of the harshest times so there has to be a few of his followers out there...
Although i do find the idea interesting...
By the way are you new, i have not seen you before:)


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I was kidding about the fansite, but Greenspan is pretty fantastic. I am reading his essay "Antitrust" at polyconomicsdotcom right now, so...I'll scoop up a Greenspan capitalist quote...

It takes extraordinary skill to hold more than fifty percent of a large industry's market in a free economy. It requires unusual productive ability, unfailing business judgment, unrelenting effort at the continuous improvement of one's product and technique. The rare company which is able to retain its share of the market year after year and decade after decade does so by means of productive efficiency -- and deserves praise, not condemnation.

and, ok, anti-capitalist quote for the on topic moment........

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. -AJ Leibling

I found this place just a few weeks ago, so yes, me new. You too, I see, though you have many more quips under your belt than I.


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Yea i am fairly new, but i had another username before... then i just changed it to my actual name (Juvenesco). Are you an economist (or working towards an eco hons in some college?)


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LOL, no not masquerading as an economist...I might even have occasional trouble balancing my checkbook. I paint, when I'm not slogging to pay rent.

I appreciate Greenspan because he is one of the magnificent few: the ethical expert with a very long view, who holds a holographic model of his/her field on the palm of one hand and posesses the ability to explain the subject in a way that has both poetry and epiphany for any level of understanding.

I have one more quote from a journalist that's anti-capitalist, or at least rantish, from a speech to journalists in NY, 1883, by John Swinton...

"We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."


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OH MY GOD...
A PAINTER... YOU ARE A PAINTER... I envy you so much you have no idea. I have always wanted to paint but dam this job and higher education bull. I always wanted to learn to sketch and paint but i know it involves a lot of practice which requires time that i do not have. Do you have any images we can see online maybe?


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Everybody can draw. It takes more practice than skill. I'll bet you used to do it, almost every human does, you just stopped giving yourself permission. If you can find the time to do the exercises, there's a book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. The exercises are easy, and you will be amazed how quickly it happens. Drawing can be as good for you as meditation, and it helps your brain, it exercises the half without much access to language. Advice: don't listen to music with words when you draw/paint.
I'm a complete luddite, so website soon, but not yet. I'm learning photoshop, and this is one of my first thangs. A friend from another forum posted it for me on his site. The drawing is mine, the text and symbols are his. He altered the aspect ratio to turn it into wallpaper. Enjoy!

Erm, we're off topic. Fortunately when Santa posted this thread he/she said the speech was Friday, so probably we're off the hook for anti-capitalist rant, but how annoyed do people get here at the ot poster??


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Mehhh,
Its ok, a lot of threads go off topic:) Thanks for the book, i will buy it as soon as get my next paycheque :mrgreen:
You are right practice makes it better. I know how to use photoshop, but like i said by the time i am done with work and my homework, i barely have energy to boil and egg, but I will try to keep up with this.
Did you draw it using photoshop or using actual paint? It looksmore drawn on photoshop, but probably because your friend changed the format.


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This has an anti-capitalist feel to it...made by a fortune-ate captialist.

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.
J. Paul Getty


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