links for 2011-04-07

  • "This argument was ridiculous from the start. Global justice protesters never opposed modernity; they merely had the gall to ask whether a global society should be managed by and for multinational corporations. As part of a fundamentally transnational movement–linking environmentalists, unionists, indigenous rights, and other activists across borders–they proposed a very different type of internationalism than the one favored by the U.S. Treasury Department and the International Monetary Fund.
    As the historians among us will already know, the Luddites have been similarly slandered. They did not oppose technology per se, but rather asked some important questions about the ends to which new technological discoveries were being used and who in society would benefit from them."
  • "Capitalists are a superstitious cowardly lot,’ Louise says. ‘This fucker put our town out with the trash, threw us on the scrap heap. Well, the scrap heap’s got up, and it’s coming for him.’
    The crew take their places at the controls. Dan puts on the battered welding helmet that disguises his identity and, in a burst of rust, launches into the sky for New York, to face down the sociopathic authoritarian fascist arms-dealing corporate billionaire responsible for so many countless deaths, in the US and around the world: Tony fucking Stark.
    Dan: ‘Get ready for payback, Iron Man. We are Scrap Iron Man.’ "
    (tags: book comics)
  • "Because it is doing what we forced it to do? Which was to act more like a business?
    I'm sorry to be flip. But for decades now we've heard the demand that government needs to be more like business. Can't it be more self-sufficient, more attuned to the bottom line?
    Well, yes it can. This is what it looks like."

    "Some things aren't supposed to run like businesses. When America made the expensive choice to make college all but free after World War II, it turned out to be one of the all-time great engines of prosperity. It was also socialism, but shhhh … these days we edit that part out."

  • "The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy."
  • "Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret."