Capitalism

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Seeing the Wood for the Trees
The ‘salvation’ of the natural environment falls to man. He alone has the power to determine not only his own fate but also that of the natural environment. Far from Christianity being the one that surrenders nature to the arbitrary will and power of humanity, it is the non-Christian view that does this with astounding self-righteousness.
— Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

During the 1940s and 1950s, corrupt politicians championed the politics of anti-communism in order to divert attention from the growing nexus between organized crime, big business and government.”
— Jonathan Marshall

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
— A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of enslaved people [after stealing the land of indigenous people]
““(C)ommodification and suffering and forced labor of African-Americans is what made the United States powerful and rich.”
What was Hitler’s rationale for the Holocaust? His model was the U.S.A.
— “New scholarship supports Hitler’s understanding of how the American republic came to industrialize and prosper through expulsion of indigenous people and, especially, through the institution of slavery, which is now understood to have been central to America’s economic development.” Why did the Holocaust happen? The Holocaust Explained | The Weiner Holocaust Library
— “The Holocaust was the culmination of a number of factors over a number of years.
Historic antisemitism , the rise of eugenics and nationalism , the aftermath of the First World War, the rise of the Nazis, the role of Adolf Hitler, the internal operation of the Nazi state, the Second World War and collaboration all played key roles in the timing and scale of the final catastrophe.”
World War II: Holocaust, The Extermination of European Jews | Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

See
Organized_Crime
Michael Woodiwiss — Gangster Capitalism
Jonathan Marshall
The_System (The American Way)
John Loftus
Corporations
Foreign Policy
McCarthyism
“Creeping Socialism”
Richard Wolff

Can Global Capitalism Endure?

State capitalism | Wikipedia
State monopoly capitalism | Wikipedia
Capitalist state | Wikipedia
Criticism of capitalism | Wikipedia
Finance capitalism | Wikpedia
Late capitalism | Wikpedia
Advanced capitalism | Wikpedia
Post capitalism | Wikpedia

Capitalism And Commercialization

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism | Amazon
How (Western) Christianity Created Capitalism

Capitalism or Enlightenment
Enlightenment and anti-capitalism

Usury

Usury: A Scriptural, Ethical and Economic View

Usury: Profit On A Loan

Luther on the Use of Money
[T]hroughout his career, Luther fought against what he saw as the two-sided coin of mammonism: ascetic flight from money and the acquisitive drive for it. His foundation for this battle was the great reversal of the gospel that a person’s worth is not determined by what he or she does or does not possess, but rather by God’s promise in Christ. Thus money is not the lord of life, but the gift of God for serving the neighbor and building up the community.

American Foundations

Love of money is either the chief or a secondary motive at the bottom of everything the Americans do.
— Alexis de Tocqueville 1831

The Jamestown Settlers Came Looking for Gold | YouTube
One of the major problems the Jamestown settlement faced was the fact that most of the first colonists were wealthy gentlemen who were not used to manual labor and did not posses any useful skills. Many of the men spent countless hours looking for gold instead of putting their efforts toward building and hunting. Therefore, much of their energy was wasted and their pursuit of gold was in vain.

Jamestown Settlement and the “Starving Time”
The investors [in the Virginia Company of London] had one goal in mind: gold. They hoped to repeat the success of Spaniards who found gold in South America. ...
The colonists were told that if they did not generate any wealth, financial support for their efforts would end. Many of the men spent their days vainly searching for gold.
As a consequence, the colonists spent little time farming. Food supplies dwindled. MALARIA and the harsh winter besieged the colonists, as well. After the first year, only 38 of the original 144 had survived.

Regressive, illiberal Conservatism propagandizes Jamestown as evidence of failure of socialism. Jamestown was communal like all colonies, but had mandate from investors to produce profit. So single men spent their time prospecting for gold, and not investing time in day to day affairs for support of the colony. This angered married women who didn't see why they had to labor for single men who provided nothing of value for anyone else, no food or game, construction of protective blockade, housing, etc. The solution was to divide communal ownership into separate, individual lots. The problem was Love of Money, but regressive, illiberal Conservatism is blind to the Love of Money, so Conservatism spins Jamestown history as the failure of socialism, its typical answer for everything like a one track Chatty Cathy doll.
SeeSocialism at Jamestown | Cato Institute, right wing Think Tank

Gold rush | Wikipedia

Did Richard Nixon Secretly Steal 36.5 Tons of Gold Bullion from U.S. Army Base While He Was Telling America, “I Am Not A Crook”?

Fool’s gold and the founding of the United States of America — Jamestown, forerunner of later snake oil salesmen and false advertising
Snake oil | Wikipedia
False advertising | Wikipedia

See
Vanity of Modern Desire
Advertising
Mad Men
Mark Albion

Most Men are Gay for Pay | YouTube
Civilizations fall when men become weak, and they become weak when they put money over honor.
Honor is about your reputation for integrity and excellence.
So the most important thing as a man is don't accept being intellectually gay for pay.
You have to do noble work that you can be proud of when you look your family in the eyes.
— Will Knowland

Love of Money

How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
— Proverbs 16:16

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
— Proverbs 17:16

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
— St. Paul, 2 Timothy 3 (New International Version)

How Wealth Rules the World Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property

Love of money | Wikipedia
— The root of ALL evil, not just some but ALL.
NOT abortion, homosexuality, communism, socialism, secularism, sexism, racism, hate speech, etc. etc. etc. . . .
But ONLY Love of money

Eye of the needle | Wikipedia
Jesus and the rich young man | Wikipedia
Parable of the Rich Fool | Wikipedia

Matthew 6 | Wikipedia
— “Verses 19–34: the necessity of a pure intention in all things, unmixed either with the desire of riches, or worldly care, and fear of want.”
Matthew 6:21 | Wikipedia
— “This verse states that if one places one's treasure in heaven that is where one's heart or attention will be. This is an implicit warning, which is made clear later in the chapter, that if one's treasure is on earth, one's heart and attention will also be on earthly matters, to the exclusion of God. While the previous verses stated that placing one's treasures in heaven was wise, this one shifts to warning that not doing so might lead to a life of futility seeking treasures that will not matter in light of eternity. Matthew 6:24 makes this explicit. This verse also makes clear that treasure is not some specific collection of objects, but is rather anything that one values in life."
Matthew 6:24 | Wikipedia
— The two goals (material goods and spiritual well-being) are mutually exclusive; only one "master" can be served.

Remembrance of God; Remembrance of Death

Pocket Full of Gold — Vince Gill
Pocket Full Of Gold — Vince Gill | YouTube - Lyrics ...And he found him some stranger, And promised her the moon. How many lies you must have told, You think you're a rich man, With your pocket full of gold. For another man's treasure, You'd say anything...one night of pleasure...you'll pay for what you've done. What will it say on your tombstone, here lies a rich man. With his pocket full of gold.
Can't Take It With You — Paul Kelly
Can't Take It With You — Paul Kelly | YouTube - Lyrics And death will surely come, to every last living one of us. To the bold, to the meek, to the strong, to the weak. To the highs, and the lows, and the first and the last. Death will surely come. When we walk through that door, You can't take it with you. You can't take it with you.
Baby Love — The Supremes
Baby Love — The Supremes | YouTube - Lyrics “Money love, my money love . . .” — an AI aficionado could modify video to that effect, making it more reflective of the reality of The American Way, American dominated western modern life

Nestlé’s

Nestlé’s Blatant Misconduct Shows Us the Darkness of Capitalism

Jack Welch

Jack Welch | Wikipedia
The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy

Public Citizen

PublicCitizen
— "We fight for you and take on corporate power. Corporations have their lobbyists. The People need advocates too."

Ukraine

Taking the Capitalist Road Was the Wrong Choice For Ukraine, Says Ukraine Expert 5 May 2023
The Catastrophe of Ukrainian Capitalism: How Privatisatin Dispossessed & Impoverished the Ukrainian People
— “In my view, the ultimate reasons for Ukraine’s catastrophe lie in the capitalist system itself, and especially, in the economic roles and functions that the “centre” of the developed capitalist world imposes on the system’s less-developed periphery.”
Poverty skyrockets in Ukraine 24 Oct 2022
— “With officials predicting that the poverty rate could rise to as much as 60 percent or more next year, levels of deprivation are emerging in Ukraine that have not been witnessed on the European continent since the end of World War II.”

Amidst Chaos of War, A New Report Exposes the Stealth Take-over of Ukrainian Agricultural Land

Russia

‘They are stealing Russia’: Adam Curtis on how hyper-capitalism wrecked a nation – and why Liz Truss must take heed 12 Oct 2022

David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart | Wikipedia
Christ and Nothing
Christ’s Rabble: The First Christians Were Not Like Us
Alasdair MacIntyre on The Nothingness of The Modern Self
Hart and Riches

Marco Dondi

Outgrowing Capitalism: Rethinking Money to Reshape Society and Pursue Purpose
Marco Dondi on universal basic income, human wellbeing, and monetism | Postcapitalism Podcast

St. John Chrysostom

On Wealth and Poverty
John Chrysostom, On Wealth and Poverty, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
St. John Chrysostom and the Problem of Wealth
The Vanity of Riches

SeeVanity of Modern Desire

Situationist Internationale

Advanced capitalism | Wikipedia

Situationist International | Wikipedia
[A]n attempt to synthesize this diverse field of theoretical disciplines into a modern and comprehensive critique of mid-20th century advanced capitalism. 
Essential to situationist theory was the concept of the spectacle, a unified critique of advanced capitalism of which a primary concern was the progressively increasing tendency towards the expression and mediation of social relations through objects.

Adam Curtis

See — Adam Curtis - The Mayfair Set

Antony C. Sutton

Antony C. Sutton | Wikipedia
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution | Internet Archive
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler | VoltaireNet.org
Wall Street and FDR | Internet Archive
America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones | Internet Archive

Woke Capitalism

Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam | Amazon
— “The modern woke-industrial complex divides us as a people. By mixing morality with consumerism, America’s elites prey on our innermost insecurities about who we really are. They sell us cheap social causes and skin-deep identities to satisfy our hunger for a cause and our search for meaning, at a moment when we as Americans lack both.”
IOW “Woke Capitalism” is just yet another Corporatist Advertising shill !!!!
Love of Money IS the root of ALL evil.

4 More Companies Go ‘Full Bud Light’ in Their Support for Transgenderism
Equality Is Good for Business: Hundreds of corporations tell the Supreme Court to ditch gay marriage bans.
America’s Gay Corporate Warrior Wants to Bring Full Equality to Red States
Corporatism And Gay Marriage: Natural Bedfellows
Corporations and the People: Who Influences Whom?
How Corporate America Propelled Same-Sex Marriage
Is gay marriage a victory for Big Government?
Same-sex Marriage: What’s at Stake for Corporate America
The Economic Benefits of Gay Marriage

Communist Capitalism

Putin and the Proxies | OCCRP

The worst of the left (iron-heel Communism) has joined together with the worst of the right (unfettered Capitalism).
It can be best described as Communist Capitalism because capitalist-owned corporations own everything - including ALL governments - and run them with Communist tactics.
In Communist Capitalism there are no borders. Politicians from Communist AND Capitalist countries are shareholders in multi-national corporations. They benefit financially and otherwise from policies dictated by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) who, collectively, own everything in the world, coming and going.
In 1984 Orwell called the system Oligarchical Collectivism, because the oligarchs (another name for CEOs) collectively owned everything. He said: "The oligarchs are the lords of the earth. Everything exists for their benefit. The ordinary people, the workers - are their slaves."
— Jackie Jura, 2001 Orwell Today - Big Brother Corporate Communism

Oliver Stone

The Untold History of the United States (book) | Amazon
The Untold History of the United States (TV series) | Wikipedia
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 1- World War Two | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 2- Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3- The Bomb | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 4- The Cold War 1945-1950 | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 5- The 50s - Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 6- JFK - To the Brink | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 7- Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 8- Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World - Rise of the Right | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 9- Bush & Clinton - Squandered Peace and New World Order | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 10- Bush & Obama - Age of Terror | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 11- World War I, the Russian Revolution & Woodrow Wilson | Daily Motion
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 12- 1920-1940: Franklin D.Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin | Daily Motion