Capitalist Quotes

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Yuval Noah Harari
“The capitalist and consumerist ethics are two sides of the same coin, a merger of two commandments. The supreme commandment of the rich is ‘Invest!’ The supreme commandment of the rest of us is ‘Buy!’ The capitalist–consumerist ethic is revolutionary in another respect. Most previous ethical systems presented people with a pretty tough deal. They were promised paradise, but only if they cultivated compassion and tolerance, overcame craving and anger, and restrained their selfish interests. This was too tough for most. The history of ethics is a sad tale of wonderful ideals that nobody can live up to. Most Christians did not imitate Christ, most Buddhists failed to follow Buddha, and most Confucians would have caused Confucius a temper tantrum. In contrast, most people today successfully live up to the capitalist–consumerist ideal. The new ethic promises paradise on condition that the rich remain greedy and spend their time making more money and that the masses give free reign to their cravings and passions and buy more and more. This is the first religion in history whose followers actually do what they are asked to do. How though do we know that we'll really get paradise in return? We've seen it on television.”
Yuval Noah Harari, קיצור תולדות האנושות

Terry Eagleton
“Because subjects like literature and art history have no obvious material pay-off, they tend to attract those who look askance at capitalist notions of utility. The idea of doing something purely for the delight of it has always rattled the grey-bearded guardians of the state. Sheer pointlessness has always been a deeply subversive affair.”
Terry Eagleton

Roger Lowenstein
“Buffett was a billionaire who drove his own car, did his own taxes, and still lived in a home he had bought in 1958 for $31,500. He seemed to answer to a deeply rooted, distinctly American mythology, in which decency and common sense triumphed over cosmopolitan guile, and in which an idealized past held firm against a rootless and too hurriedly changing present.”
Roger Lowenstein

“Capitalism is a social system owned by the capitalistic class, a small network of very wealthy and powerful businessmen, who compromise the health and security of the general population for corporate gain.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Karl Marx
“To say that "the worker has an interest in the rapid growth of capital", means only this: that the more speedily the worker augments the wealth of the capitalist, the larger will be the crumbs which fall to him, the greater will be the number of workers than can be called into existence, the more can the mass of slaves dependent upon capital be increased.”
Karl Marx, Wage-Labour and Capital/Value, Price and Profit

“Any government that places profit before people is pure evil.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Haruki Murakami
“Are there any capitalist cats?" Nakata asked”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Roger Lowenstein
“Buffett's uncommon urge to chronicle made him a unique character in American life, not only a great capitalist but the Great Explainer of American capitalism. He taught a generation how to think about business, and he showed that securities were not just tokens like the Monopoly flatiron, and that investing need not be a game of chance. It was also a logical, commonsensical enterprise, like the tangible businesses beneath. He stripped Wall Street of its mystery and rejoined it to Main Street -- a mythical or disappearing place, perhaps, but one that is comprehensible to the ordinary American.”
Roger Lowenstein, Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

Charles Bukowski
“You think of killing him
on the spot
but discard that thought and
down into the urine-stinking
they have you crucified too,
America at work,
where they rip out your intestines
and your brain and your
will and your spirit.
They suck you dry, then throw
you away.
The capitalist system.
The work ethic.
The profit motive.
The memory of your father’s words,
“work hard and you’ll be
of course, only if you make
much more for them than they pay
Charles Bukowski, Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way

A.E. Samaan
“Some capitalism suffers from cronyism. All of socialism is perverted by the crony statism of the powerful few.”
A.E. Samaan

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed. Simply put, it lacks values, and such a system will eventually collapse once its true light is discovered by the masses. Though some say that capitalism is a modern system, corruption has been the source for the demise of every great civilization.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Kevin D. Williamson
“Health care and education are too important NOT to be left to the free market.”
Kevin D. Williamson, The Dependency Agenda

Jerry Z. Muller
“...capitalism is too important and complex a subject to be left to economists. Achieving a critical comprehension of it requires perspectives beyond those characteristic of modern economics. That is why this is a history not of economic ideas, but of ideas beyond the capitalist economy.”
Jerry Z. Muller

A.E. Samaan
“Capitalists desire purchasing power. Socialists lust for the power to plan society. Which is worse?”
A.E. Samaan

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Capitalist manifesto : Profiteers of the world, unite!”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

الصافي سعيد
“سأل الرئيس الأمريكي الرب قائلا : متي ستصبح أمريكا شيوعية ؟ فأجاب الرب : ليس في عهدك ...
و سأله كسترو : متي ستصبح كوبا رأسمالية ؟ فأجاب الرب : ليس في عهدك..
و سأله أخيرا الرئيس البرازلى : متي ستتخلص البرازيل من نكبة قروضيها ؟ فأجاب الرب : لا أعتقد أن ذلك سيتم في عهدي ...”
الصافي سعيد, سنوات المتاهة

“Living as a slave to unchecked personal desire and subjugated to external circumstances is wearisome. It is a common error to devote a person’s life to earning money. While money relives us from the stress of suffering from deprivation, moneymaking will not make us happy. A person must have passion in life in order to achieve any degree of personal bliss.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Tarif Naaz
“Honesty is the best Policy is the Capitalistic thought as it gives free of cost Security to their assets and to their investments........”
Tarif Naaz

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Misfortune never comes singly. It's surrounded by bodyguards.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Hyeonseo Lee
“My closest friend at this time was my tiny pet dog - it was one of the cute little breeds that people in other countries put frocks on. I wouldn't have been allowed to do that, because putting clothes on dogs was a well-known example of capitalist degeneracy.”
Hyeonseo Lee, The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

“Every man has a starting capital in life and it is called worth or self-worth.”
Sunday Adelaja, Create Your Own Net Worth

Kazuo Ishiguro
“The truth is, Japan is headed for crisis. We are in the hands of greedy businessmen and weak politicians. Such people will see to it poverty grows every day.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World & The Remains of the Day

David Harvey
“The rule that governs the behaviour of all capitalists is, then, 'accumulation for accumulation's sake, production for production's sake' (Capital, vol. 1, p. 595). And this rule, enforced by competition, operates independently of the individual will of the capitalist. It is the hallmark of individual behaviour, and thereby stamps itself as the distinguishing characteristic of all members in the class of capitalists. It also binds all capitalists together, for they all have a common need: to promote the conditions for progressive accumulation.”
David Harvey, The Limits to Capital

Talees Rizvi
“What should happen and what actually happens... Seems so true for small organisations business.. Initially the promoters make their associates dream of the trickle down once business grows and assign a glass of hope but later the size of upper cup grows to kill the trickle down effects.. #ProfitMaximization and #Greed of business growth is killing small businesses..”
Talees Rizvi, 21 Day Target and Achievement Planner [Use Only Printed Work Book: LIFE IS SIMPLE HENCE SIMPLE WORKBOOK

Ziad K. Abdelnour
“Success is no accident or serendipity. I had all the odds against me, and I crushed each and everyone along the way. Not because I was a Democrat or a Republican. Not because of my attitudes about social issues. Not because of what my background is or isn’t. Not because people think I’m a nice guy. I succeeded because I’m a capitalist, I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a warrior. That is the mindset I want to teach others so they can create their own wealth and American success story.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour

Michael Löwy
“The future throws a bridge toward the past, over the gaping abyss of capitalist non-culture.”
Michael Löwy, On Changing the World: Essays in Marxist Political Philosophy, from Karl Marx to Walter Benjamin

Eugene V. Debs
“The capitalist of our day, who is the social, economic and political successor of the feudal lord of the Middle Ages, and the patrician master of the ancient world, holds the great mass of the people in bondage, not by owning them under the law, nor by having sole proprietorship of the land, but by virtue of his ownership of industry, the tools and machinery with which work is done and wealth produced. In a word, the capitalist owns the tools and the jobs of the workers, and they are his economic dependents.”
Eugene V. Debs, Walls and Bars: Prisons and Prison Life in the Land of the Free

Abhijit Naskar
“Some say the socialist way is better, others say the capitalist way is better, I say, learn to be a human first, then whatever way you choose, will produce prosperity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Girl Over God: The Novel

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