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

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Feudalism could be glitzy, depending on who you were.


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

Peasant dwelling

But we should be clear that this…


…depended on this…


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


And capitalism, for many people, looks like this…




And this…

strip mall

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


…lives idled by unemployment…


…and homelessness.


Here’s something like socialism.


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.


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


Written by what's left

December 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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


    December 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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

    Chevy Phillips

    December 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    • Very nicely done! I have a collection similar images–kids going through garbage heaps around the world looking for food, etc. Someone should/could do a whole book on it. Just photos with that
      minimal commentary as was done here! It goes a very, very long way to make that vital point that has been missed for so long. Thanks!!


      November 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

  3. State-owned liquor stores are fine. Canada has lots of them. Better the profits go back into the community rather than to some pin-striped horsy Henry from Elton, who will then transfer it to an offshore tax haven. Nice to see an old building saved rather than pulled down for offices.

    Colin Smith

    October 23, 2016 at 3:06 am

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