Monday, November 16, 2009

Why I Am Not A Capitalist

Via Balloon Juice, this:

The number of Americans who lack dependable access to adequate food shot up last year to 49 million, the largest number since the government has been keeping track, according to a government report released Monday that shows particularly steep increases in food scarcity among families with children.

In 2008, the report found, nearly 17 million children -- more than one in five across the United States -- were living in households in which food at times ran short, up from slightly more than 12 million children the year before. And the number of children who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.

Among people of of all ages, nearly 15 percent last year did not consistently have adequate food, compared with about 11 percent in 2007, the greatest deterioration in access to food during a single year in the history of the report.

Meanwhile, we have a tiny, elite group of investment bankers who are so psychotically wealthy they make the court of Louis XVI look like pikers. This state of affairs is the dictionary definition of "obscene," and anyone who can possibly defend it is far too fucked in the head to reason with. "BUT THEY EARNED IT!" a thousand libertarians scream in unison. "Even if that were true, so fucking what?" respond all the non-evil/insane people. Unfortunately, it looks like we're a bit outnumbered. What a terrible country this is--what Deleuze and Guattari would call a cancerous body without organs.

UPDATE: An example the kind of monster with whom you can't argue.


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