Democracy begins with an informed electorate.
Today in America, capitalist propaganda is all-pervasive: it’s in the news we read, the programs we watch, the music we listen to, and in the marketing that punctuates and underwrites it all.
Because capitalism is everywhere, it changes the way we think.
Capitalist thinking is the reason we believe we need a bigger house, the latest technology, and more (and more) consumer goods in order to be happy.
Capitalist thinking conditions us to believe that humans are naturally competitive, violent, exploitative and self-serving – not because we are, but because those are the principles on which capitalism is built.
We have the power to define our own humanity.
Freedom from capitalism begins with information. Working class people should have access to the information we need to emancipate ourselves from the confines of capitalist thinking and begin to structure our lives in terms of the values of democratic socialism: equality, cooperation, pacifism, conservation and compassion. That’s why we maintain an extensive library of books and hold regular study groups and book clubs where members can raise concerns, ask questions, exchange ideas, and propose solutions.
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” – Angela Y. Davis
“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” – Noam Chomsky
“The American Society of Civil Engineers said in 2007 that the U.S. had fallen so far behind in maintaining its public infrastructure – roads, bridges, schools, dams – that it would take more than a trillion and half dollars over five years to bring it back up to standard. Instead, these types of expenditures are being cut back. At the same time, public infrastructure around the world is facing unprecedented stress, with hurricanes, cyclones, floods and forest fires all increasing in frequency and intensity. It’s easy to imagine a future in which growing numbers of cities have their frail and long-neglected infrastructures knocked out by disasters and then are left to rot, their core services never repaired or rehabilitated. The well-off, meanwhile, will withdraw into gated communities, their needs met by privatized providers. ” – Naomi Klein
“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” – Howard Zinn