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The Extremist Cult of Capitalism

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William James Rummel  stole $80 with a credit card, then passed a bad check for $24, then refused to return $120 for a repair job gone bad. He got life in prison.  Christopher Williams  is facing over 80 years in prison for selling medical marijuana in Montana, a state which allows medical marijuana. Patricia Spottedcrow got 12 years for a $31 marijuana sale, and has seen her children only twice in the past two years. Numerous elderly Americans are in  prison for life  for non-violent marijuana offenses.

Banking giant HSBC, whose  mission statement  urges employees "to act with courageous integrity" in all they do, was  described  by a U.S. Senate report as having "exposed the U.S. financial system to 'a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing'" in their dealings with  Mexico's Sinaloa cartel , which is considered the deadliest drug gang in the world.

HSBC  received a fine  equivalent to four weeks' profits. The bank's CEO said, "we are profoundly sorry."

In the words of Bertrand Russell, "Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

Accurate to the extreme.

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Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor and main author of " American Wars: Illusions and Realities " (Clarity Press). 


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