The main quality of capitalism is that the working class doesn’t enjoy in the fruits of their labor. The working class supplies the rich, allowing them to enjoy in luxuries which the average person will never be able to afford. Democracy does not offer equality in capitalism. It creates a hostile atmosphere, forcing people to compete with one another. Such a system cannot be healthy for neither the economy nor the mental well-being of individuals. When a person is struggling to pay his bills, no equality can be seen there. Capitalism secures the wealth of the rich, starving the working class. No equality can be seen there. As soon as capitalism collapses, socialism will most likely be taken as a solution, for the people of a socialistic country all enjoy in the fruits of their labor, in which they are well taken care of by their government.
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Sanders on Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.
—  H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun (12 February 1923)

In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, British milestone in democratic history.

Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster. For the very first time, elected representatives from every county and major town in England were invited to parliament on behalf of their local communities.

It was, in the words of one historian, “the House of Commons in embryo”.

Read more on BBC, that is covering the topic extensively, for the BBC Democracy Day (20 Jan)

Image: Statue of de Montfort on the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower in Leicester

Marxists know that democracy does not abolish class oppression, but only makes the class struggle clearer, broader, more open and sharper; and this is what we want […] The more democratic the system of government is, the clearer it will be to the workers that the root of the evil is not the lack of rights, but capitalism.
—  V.I. Lenin, “The Other Political Issues Raised and Distorted By P. Kievsky”.

First off, I’d like to thank God that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.” 

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"Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.

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Common and John Legend winning Best Song for ‘Glory’ featured in Ava DuVernay’s Selma 

I am posting this because while I have seen parts of their speeches on tumblr I have not seen the whole thing posted. And I think the message is even stronger when it is all together. Common and John Legend’s words were incredibly humbling to hear and one which we need to take to heart.