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The B-Team Tries to Save Capitalism. Is it worth saving?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 By Dennis Trainor Jr, AcronymTV | Video Report
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A group of hyper-capitalists, including Sir Richard Branson and Arian Huffington recently launched the "B-Team." As Huffington describes it, the global business leaders come together to form the B-Team in order to "introduce a Plan B that will prioritize people and planet alongside profit and to move beyond our obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term growth."

Don't be duped. Looking to the B-Team to solve wealth inequity and is like someone going Vegan and following the lead of McDonalds for dietary advice.

That is not to say the B-Team will not have legions of fans and supporters. This will play well with the Moveon.org crowd, I am sure, who might support the argument that a healthy mix of capitalism with a socialist sprinkle has worked best historically here in the United States, along with an economy that incentives upward mobility. However, that analysis assumes and accepts a class system that is, in my opinion, immoral.

Capitalism, as it has been said by other much smarter than me, requires hierarchy, exploitation & polarization. The global revolution against neo-liberal ideals that is currently emerging is based on a vision of another world that is possible that has as its common denominator democracy with a big D and egalitarianism. This global revolution should no more seek solace from the B-Team than Little Red Riding Hood should ask the Big Bad Wolf for directions out of the forest.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Dennis Trainor Jr

Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the host and producer of Acronym TV. He has also produced and directed the documentaries American Autumn: an Occudoc and Legalize Democracy. Follow him on twitter (@DennisTrainorJr).

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The B-Team Tries to Save Capitalism. Is it worth saving?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 By Dennis Trainor Jr, AcronymTV | Video Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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A group of hyper-capitalists, including Sir Richard Branson and Arian Huffington recently launched the "B-Team." As Huffington describes it, the global business leaders come together to form the B-Team in order to "introduce a Plan B that will prioritize people and planet alongside profit and to move beyond our obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term growth."

Don't be duped. Looking to the B-Team to solve wealth inequity and is like someone going Vegan and following the lead of McDonalds for dietary advice.

That is not to say the B-Team will not have legions of fans and supporters. This will play well with the Moveon.org crowd, I am sure, who might support the argument that a healthy mix of capitalism with a socialist sprinkle has worked best historically here in the United States, along with an economy that incentives upward mobility. However, that analysis assumes and accepts a class system that is, in my opinion, immoral.

Capitalism, as it has been said by other much smarter than me, requires hierarchy, exploitation & polarization. The global revolution against neo-liberal ideals that is currently emerging is based on a vision of another world that is possible that has as its common denominator democracy with a big D and egalitarianism. This global revolution should no more seek solace from the B-Team than Little Red Riding Hood should ask the Big Bad Wolf for directions out of the forest.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Dennis Trainor Jr

Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the host and producer of Acronym TV. He has also produced and directed the documentaries American Autumn: an Occudoc and Legalize Democracy. Follow him on twitter (@DennisTrainorJr).