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5 Great Pieces of Anti-Capitalist Artwork

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4. Renowned but mysterious graffiti artist Banksy has made a name for himself by putting up renegade art that attacks not only capitalism, but our political world at large. This 2004 image combines the iconic photo of a Vietnamese girl fleeing after being burned by a napalm attack with two commercially iconic figures: Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald.

The juxtaposition highlights the consumerist culture designed to distract us from the atrocities going on around us. The troubling satire asks whether these cherished characters are actually helping to create a better world or contributing to the problems at hand.

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5. “Capitalism Works for Me!” is a traveling exhibit that recently took up residence in Times Square. The piece uses capitalism’s own flashy conventions to question the system rather than outright condemn it.

“I wanted to get people thinking about something better than the system we have,” said the artist Steve Lambert. “But if you bring it up in a one-on-one conversation, people usually just run.” The piece invites passersby to cast a vote of true or false to the title’s claim and keeps score so others can gauge how well capitalism is working for their neighbors.

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1:37PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

rita b "The problem with regular corporations is that by their very charters they are often forced to only consider profit regardless of consequences to people or the planet" In my business class the instructor stated; "The object of business is to MAXIMIZE profit." No qualifying about environmental destruction or about destroying peoples lives. Just like the drug cartels. Also in scripture Jesus' quoted parable about the rich man going out of town who split his wealth between two sons for safe keeping, On his return he praised the son who had invested and increased his portion but was contemptuous of the son who had buried his to be sure not to lose any through theft. Again, no hint what the investment was. Slavery? Money changing ? Extortion?.

1:16PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

@ Robert H. "WE aren't [sic.] a 3rd world country are we???" A third world country by definition is one without a middle class in which the elite enrich themselves at the expense of the unwashed masses. You do the math.

3:18AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

OBTW, for those who are interested:

Seems like the Koch funded faux "grassroots" orgs have been planning this for a long time

In the article, check out the "Te Party" ACA defunding kit:

Let's not forget the GOP TP have been planning this for sometime now:

5:58PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

@ David F:

Well Dave, it was the 50s and 60s when we were paying off our WW2 Debt, had 40% Unionized Workforce, top tax rates were 70% for Capital Gains and 80% top tax rate

We stared down the Soviet Union, won the Space Race, Put a Man on the moon and more

2:35AM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

I'm not certain these are great, but perhaps you meant it's the best you can do. Not really in the same league as the soviet era writers or other artistic dissidents. And by the way, the term military industrial complex was originally the congressional military industrial complex and is so much more accurate.

9:23PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Our society will destroy itself under the weight of the greed that drives it. This end will come and current efforts by the rich to exert their control just may cause it to come sooner than later.

3:15PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013


6:04PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

YAWNS same old tired screed over and over and over from David. Taxes are alreay low in this country. Sure they are higher than many countries. But then WE arent a 3rd world country are we??? Globalization is why this country is hurting. NOT Taxes. Instability is why this country is hurting. Every 3 months there is another shakedown by the right. Of course there is instability. Our taxes are plenty high and profits are WAY high. Whats NOT high is private sector spending.

4:58AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

Recognizing that high tax rates were hindering the economy, President Kennedy proposed across-the-board tax rate reductions that reduced the top tax rate from more than 90 percent down to 70 percent. What happened? Tax revenues climbed from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968, an increase of 62 percent (33 percent after adjusting for inflation).

4:56AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

Frank, Revenues to the government almost doubled due to Reagans tax cuts, congress wanted to spend that an a lot more, so Reagan did exercise his Veto pin, with 8 full government shutdowns that lasted 1 to 3 days each, primarily over the issue of the United States budget deficit If you count the “no longer looking” job numbers since the Dim took over, the estimates are about 23.3 million lost, about the same gained under Reagan.

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