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“Capitalism, with all its glitz…and socialism, with none at all”

Feudalism could be glitzy, depending on who you were.

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And it could be the furthest thing from glitz, also depending on who you were.

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But we should be clear that this…

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…depended on this…

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Capitalism, too, can be glitzy. But the decidely unglitzy dark satanic mills are uniquely products of capitalism.

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And capitalism, for many people, looks like this…

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This…

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And this…

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Not much glitz here. Which makes me wonder why we automatically associate capitalism with glitz, rather than squalor…

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…lives idled by unemployment…

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…and homelessness.

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Here’s something like socialism.

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It’s the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario)–the publicly owned distributor of spirits, wine and beer in Ontario, Canada. The mythology is that anything that is publicly owned, must be dull, drab, and inefficient. Not these stores.

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Below is a privately owned retail distributor of spirits and wine. More like the myth about publicly owned enterprises being lifeless and uninviting.

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  1. blackroseml said, on December 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Lol, I really expected state-owned liquor stores to look like a regular liquor store :).

  2. Chevy Phillips said, on December 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Precisely. If one wants to get a good impression of capitalism, go to Detroit. And then check out the subways in Pyongyang for contrast!


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