Their cause is really straightforward, as is ours: One percent of the population holds [much] of the wealth in this country, and people’s benefits are getting slashed and people are losing their homes. On our reservations, we are mired in the deepest poverty. The idea is to have some equality in this country … economic equality.’

Moonanum James, United American Indians of New England (via solitaryforager)

(via socialworky-deactivated20131001)

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire… Traders and fund managers throughout Wall Street receive their massive remuneration for doing no better than would a chimpanzee flipping a coin. When Kahneman [psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize] tried to point this out, they blanked him. ‘The illusion of skill … is deeply ingrained in their culture.’

George Monbiot The Guardian, 7 Nov 11.

(Via The Global Sociologist.)