"It is much too soon to warn readers that by 2050 they may be paying rent to the emir of Qatar." [pg. 7; Capital in the 21st Century (2014)]
There is no pot of gold at the end of a mythical rainbow
We’re uneducated contestants, life is the game show
The president is the host, the results are painful
The judges weave a web in which we all get tangled
Their only contribution to the world is a delusion
Which has no physical power, I offer you a solution
Pharoahe Monch, the antonym for translucent
Lyrical revolution, I’ll expose the movement
[“Eht Dnarg Noisulli” - Pharoahe Monch - P.T.S.D.]
On the other hand, however, Lenin is equally dismissive of anarchist doctrines that invest all hopes in the singular and final act of abolishing the “state machine.” He opposes vehemently anarchists who assume that abolishing the state will eradicate all social oppression overnight. Such views remain outrightly utopian, completely blind to the historical dimensions of social transformation. For him, framing the revolutionary question in terms of either a violent action or a carefully steered reform misses the possibility of understanding the revolutionary task as an intricate historical process that requires BOTH.
It always amuses me to see billionaires talk about “those in power” as if it’s someone other than themselves. I’d love to see Charles Koch have to spend a month in the life of a secretary who works in one of his offices. Then let’s see what he thinks about “power” and “freedom” and who has it and who doesn’t.