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What is Capitalism Outline 2-1-2012

What is Capitalism Outline 2-1-2012

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Published by Alex Knight
On February 1st, 2012, Alex Knight made this presentation on the topic of "What is Capitalism?", alongside George Caffentzis. This was the first event in Occupy Philly's "Dissecting Capitalism" series.
On February 1st, 2012, Alex Knight made this presentation on the topic of "What is Capitalism?", alongside George Caffentzis. This was the first event in Occupy Philly's "Dissecting Capitalism" series.

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Published by: Alex Knight on Feb 03, 2012
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What is Capitalism?
“Know Your Enemy” – Rage Against the Machine2/1/2012 – LAVAAlex Knight, endofcapitalism.com
1. Capitalism is a Global System of Abuse
a) Common Sense Radicalism – speak to the core issue in a way everyone canemotionally understandb) How does it feel to live in a capitalist system? Like an abusive relationship.
i.
“The problem that has no name.”c) Social and ecological trauma
d)
BP Oil Disaster demonstrates system's logic: profit over all, total lack of accountability
2. Power, Abuse, Resistance
a) Power-Over and Power-Withb) Internalized Oppression vs. Inherent Need for Self-determinationc) Systems of Abuse/Oppression: Patriarchy, White Supremacy, Classd) Some Features of Class Societies:i. Inequality – the few benefit at the expense of the manyii. Economic production disconnected from human neediii. Forced labor – slavery, wage slaveryiv. State violence – punishment, repressionv. Warfare, Conquestvi. Propagandavii. Unsustainable ecological abuseviii. Popular resistancee) Capitalism is the most advanced Class Society
3. Capitalism: Pyramid of Accumulation
a) Financial Speculationb) Commodity Trading, Commoditiesc) Wage Labor, Wage Labor, Wage Labor
d) Enclosures: the largest, but invisible part of the iceberg i. any energy, resources or labor taken by force or without just compensation
4. Stages of Capitalism: 1492 – Present
a) Mercantile Capitalism (1492-1793)i. Land Enclosures – displacement of Europeansmall farmersii. Colonization, Genocideiii. Slaveryiv. Witch Hunts – attack on womenb) Industrial Capitalism (1793-1971)i. Fossil fuelii. Mechanized production Richard Arkwright'ssteam-powered factoriesiii. World Wariv. Welfare state – rising living standards in the Global North

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