[P]rivatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can’t be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can’t be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights.

Hugo Chavez

There was a debate on my Facebook newsfeed and someone shared this Buzzfeed article: [trigger warning: liberalism] “The 17 Most Outrageous Quotes From Hugo Chavez”. Apparently this is one of the quotes, which Buzzfeed considered “outrageous”.

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globalpost:

NEW DELHI, India — Madi is a bully. He has three-inch canines that glisten when he snarls.

And that’s a good thing, says his owner, Niraj.

Madi is a langur — a large, grey monkey with a black face and ears, endemic to South Asia.

Big and menacing, he’s able to scare off this city’s 30,000 smaller, red-faced rhesus monkeys, to protect the local human population from their naughty and dangerous antics.

Niraj earns his living hauling Madi around India’s capital on his bicycle to scare away monkeys that hang around parks, rob offices (really) and terrorize people.

It’s hard to over-emphasize this point: India’s rhesus monkeys are derelicts. They regularly steal food, alcohol, glasses, medical equipment, and clothes. They even break into cars.

Read the full story here.

Photos by AFP/Getty

socialismartnature:

Make no mistake, this is the logic of fascism, plain and simple. And it demonstrates how such barbarism emerges “organically” out of capitalism in an epic of neo-liberalism, austerity, and decline. In a word, when capitalism falls apart, the ruling class cannibalises what it deems to be the least-productive, most-costly, “surplus population.” In Germany before WWII, this was Jews, gypsies, and disabled people. In Europe today, it is increasingly Arabs, immigrants, and, as ever, disabled people.

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Noah’s Ark Theme Park “The Ark Encounter” Rescued From Extinction By State Funds

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Noah’s Ark Theme Park “The Ark Encounter” Rescued From Extinction By State Funds

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“Answers in Genesis” is a Christian evangelical organization in Petersburg, Kentucky, which promotes Young Earth creationism. They had recently been struggling to come up with money to fund their gargantuan Ark Encountertheme park. The proposed attraction, to be built in Williamstown, Kentucky, originally had a Goliath-sized budget of $173 million, but due to fundraising…

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Basic Incomes: An Answer For Both Sides?

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Basic Incomes: An Answer For Both Sides?

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Imagine a society where people don’t have to scrape to pay their rent, put food on their table, or fret over day to day healthcare needs. Imagine a society where someone loses their job and there isn’t instant panic and fear of eviction, foreclosure, or at worst, homelessness and starvation. A society in which people can make sure their most basic needs are taken care of. This is the kind of…

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