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APITALISM, a cornucopia of contradictions.

Capitalism is a very unstable system; the engine that drives it is a constant war economy, that keeps poor working people fighting each other all over the globe. Many people are awake to this reality, but it's inflicted on us, by force, not choice -- it is important to understand that.
Sue Coe, from an interview with Alan Kaufman

The 2008 bailout of banks "raises an interesting point: Has the Treasury partially nationalized the private banks, as we have been told? Or is it the other way around? Is it Treasury that has been partially privatized by Wall Street, its massive rescue plan now entirely in the hands of a private bank it is directly subsidizing?"
Naomi Klein, The New Trough originally published in Rolling Stone.
See also the concept of DISASTER CAPITALISM, in Klein'sThe Shock Doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
Bertrand Russell

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

I believe totally in a Capitalist System. I only wish that someone would try it.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
John Maynard Keynes

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
For breaking the Thou Shalt Not Kill commandment, thou shalt be killed, or as Senator Orrin Hatch [Republican: Utah] puts it: Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.

2/2/20
CASTE/CLASS
We have yet to invent a blood test for caste.
Much like our genes, caste echoes our past.
Class codes for behaviors (what's thought best to say)
are not written or read in a coil of DNA.
But inherited all the same is our status and class:
assumptions, passed on, by our kinfolk, en masse.
Tradition is weighty; inertia kicks in.
To think for one's self is considered a sin.
Despite demarcations of Them vs. Us,
('knowing' books by their covers or a xenophobe's fuss),
it is empathy, not caste, that connects us to all others.
Shall we undo or embrace what we've learned from our mothers?

COLONIALIZATION
The rape of one region of the world, generally endowed with riches in the form of land or raw materials by another region, rich in ambition, greed and the arrogance to believe its rape is uplifting to its victim.

Consider the fallout over East Timor, once upon a time a Dutch colony, ultimately a Portugese colony. The Cold War was near its peak, and both Capitalist and Communist-bloc nations were supporting the guerrillas in the Portuguese colonies, attempting to bring these under, respectively, American and Soviet influence (see for background Portuguese Colonial War ).

The intransigence of the regime and the desire of many colonial residents to remain under Portuguese rule led to a delayed decolonisation process, in the case of Angola and Mozambique, a prolongation of their struggles for independence for nearly 20 years. Owing to political instability and more pressing concerns over the decolonisation of Angola and Mozambique, Portugal effectively abandoned East Timor and that region unilaterally declared itself independent on November 28, 1975. Nine days later, it was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces before the declaration could be internationally recognised. An Indonesian invasion was launched over the western border on 7 December 1975. Two days before the invasion of Dili and subsequent annexation, U.S. President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met President Suharto in Jakarta where Ford made it clear that "We will understand and will not press you on the issue. We understand the problem and the intentions you have.." See declassified documents and background information from the National Security Archive (especially document #4). Kissinger states: "It is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly [because] the use of US-made arms could create problems." [document 3] U.S. arms sales to Indonesia continued under subsequent U.S administrations including that of Bill Clinton, although it did eventually discontinue U.S. support of Suharto's regime. As "Timor Timur", the territory was declared the twenty-seventh province of Indonesia in July 1976. Its nominal status in the UN remained that of a "non-self-governing territory under Portuguese administration."

See also: Carnation Revolution and East Timor.

Future consideration? Conservative Congress codifies capitalism. Colonial empires, celebrity. . .