The workers strike the capitalist enterprise’s command over society at its root, shattering the rhythm to which the boss would like to make all wage labor dance.
- Antonio Negri, Workers’ Party Against Work (via foucault-the-haters)
[M]odern democracies have been around for long enough for neo-liberal capitalists to learn how to subvert them. They have mastered the techniques of infiltrating the instruments of democracy — the ‘independent’ judiciary, the ‘free’ press, the parliament — and molding them to their purpose. The project of corporate globalization has cracked the code. Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities on sale to the highest bidder.
- Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (via khilaaf)

(Source: lehaaz)

One thing, however, is clear: nature does not produce on the one hand owners of money or commodities, and on the other hand men possessing nothing but their own labour-power. This relation has no basis in natural history, nor does it have a social basis common to all periods of human history. It is clearly the result of a past historical development, the product of many economic revolutions, of the extinction of a whole series of older formations of social production.
- Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. I (via revjalen)
Capitalism subverts all traditional codes, values, and structures that fetter production, exchange and desire. But it simultaneously ‘recodes’ everything within the abstract logic of equivalences (exchange value), ‘territorialising’ them within the state, family, law, commodity logic, banking systems, consumerism, psychoanalysis and other normalising institutions. Capitalism substitutes for qualitative codes an ‘extremely rigorous axiomatics’ that quantitatively regulate and control all decoded codes. Capitalism re-channels desire and needs into inhibiting psychic and social spaces that control them far more effectively than savage and despotic societies.
-  Steven Best & Douglas Kellner, commenting on Anti-Oedipus (via existenti-al)

(Source: class-struggle-anarchism)

Deterritorialized production signifies that work and life are no longer separate; society is collapsed into the logic and processes of capitalist development.
- Antonio Negri & Felix Guattari (via existenti-al)

(Source: communistslikeus)

All progress in capitalistic agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the labourer, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time, is a progress towards ruining the lasting sources of that fertility.
- Karl Marx, Capital  (via ecaudate)

(Source: daveomitchell)

Millions died, not outside the “modern world system,” but in the very process of being forcibly incorporated into its economic and political structures. They died in the golden age of Liberal Capitalism; indeed many were murdered by the theological application of the sacred principles of Smith, Bentham and Mill.
- Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts. (via its-london-calling)

Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage. He has not come; he never will come. I would not lead you out if I could; for if you could be led out, you could be led back again. I would have you make up your minds that there is nothing that you cannot do for yourselves.

You do not need the capitalist. He could not exist an instant without you. You would just begin to live without him. You do everything, and he has everything, and some of you imagine that if it were not for him, you would have no work. As a matter of fact, he does not employ you at all; you employ him to take from you what you produce, and he faithfully sticks to this task.

If you can stand it, he can; and if you don’t change this relation, I am sure he won’t. You make the automobile, he rides in it. If it were not for you, he would walk; and if it were not for him, you would ride.

- Eugene V. Debs, 1905
In a well-known passage Marx powerfully urges us to do the impossible, namely, to think this development [of capitalism] positively and negatively all at once; to achieve, in other words, a type of thinking that would be capable of grasping the demonstrably baleful features of capitalism along with its extraordinary and liberating dynamism simultaneously within a single thought, and without attenuating any of the force of either judgment. We are somehow to lift our minds to a point at which it is possible to understand that capitalism is at one and the same time the best thing that has ever happened to the human race, and the worst. The lapse from this austere dialectical imperative into the more comfortable stance of the taking of moral positions is inveterate and all too human: still, the urgency of the subject demands that we make at least some effort to think the cultural evolution of late capitalism dialectically, as catastrophe and progress all together.
- Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
We must agree that war has been an indispensable feature of capitalist development.
- Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution (via antistate)

A collection of Leftist quotations, sayings, and aphorisms.

Compiled by Euan and Brandon