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« Capitalism thrives on women’s unpaid labor in the home because women’s care work supports lower taxes. Lower taxes mean higher profits for those already at the top of the income ladder—mostly men. »

« Exploitation and inequality would persist so long as financial elites built their fortunes on the backs of docile women reproducing the labor force for free.  »

« If women’s liberation is unthinkable without communism, then communism is unthinkable without women’s liberation. » - Inessa Armand

« A joke, told in many East European languages, illustrates this sentiment: In the middle of the night a woman screams and jumps out of bed, eyes filled with terror. Her startled husband watches her rush into the bathroom and open the medicine cabinet. She then dashes to the kitchen and inspects the inside of the refrigerator. Finally, she flings open a window and gazes out onto the street below their apartment. She takes a deep breath and returns to bed.
“What’s wrong with you?” her husband says. “What happened?”
“I had a terrible nightmare,” she says. “I dreamed that we had the medicine we needed, that our refrigerator was full of food, and that the streets outside were safe and clean.  
“How is that a nightmare?”
The woman shakes her head and shudders. “I thought the Communists were back in power. »

« In less egalitarian countries, women understand that sexual relationships provide an avenue for social mobility—the Cinderella fantasy. But when women earn their own money and live in societies where the state supports their independence, Prince Charming loses his appeal. »

« George Orwell once wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. »

« The seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza once said, “If you want the future to be different from the present, study the past. »

« Capitalism acts on women as a continual bribe to enter into sex relations for money, whether in or out of marriage; and against this bribe there stands nothing beyond the traditional respectability which Capitalism destroys by poverty,” George Bernard Shaw wrote in 1928. »

« Without birth control, access to education, or opportunities for meaningful employment, the woman was trapped within the confines of the family in perpetuity. “Under the capitalist system women found themselves worse off than men,” Bernard Shaw wrote in 1928, “because, as Capitalism made a slave of the man, and then by paying women through him, made her his slave, she became the slave of a slave, which is the worst sort of slavery. »

« Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” begins a quote attributed to the anthropologist Margaret Mead. “Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  »

« The most dangerous enemy of plutocracy is large numbers of citizens working together for a common cause. It’s no coincidence that capitalism thrives on an ideology of self-interest and individualism, and that its defenders will try to discredit collectivist ideals based on altruism and cooperation. »

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5.0

An excellent, easily-digestible view of the forgotten successes of socialism and how they might be implemented in democratic societies

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funny hopeful informative medium-paced

5.0

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funny hopeful informative inspiring fast-paced

4.0

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informative medium-paced

3.75

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3.0

The commentary portions of this are pretty liberal and very apologetic about it's promotion of socialist policies. Plus there's some just basics of what socialism is, most of it, also, apologetic. But the actual history and information shared, especially about the title issues, as well as general gender policies in former 'socialist' countries are pretty interesting and useful to consider. Overall worth having gotten through but there were definitely eye rolls within.

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4.0

Most importantly reclaim your time, emotional energy, and self-worth from the reductive logic of capitalism. You are not a commodity. Your depression and anxiety are not just chemical imbalances in your brain, but reasonable responses to a system that thrives on dehumanization.

Relationships are a political issue too. We must push back at the dominant ideology that mangles our social bonds into nodes of economic exchange. We can share our attentions without quantifying their value. Giving and receiving, rather than buying and selling.

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informative medium-paced

2.5

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informative medium-paced

4.0

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informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.5