Browsing All posts tagged under »capitalism«

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: Islam is Not an Ideology (Sandala Productions)

April 1, 2011 by


The Sin Tax of Ignoring Syntax By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf “If a profligate comes to you with news, make sure you understand it (tabayyanu) and make sure you know it indeed happened (tathabbatu), or else you will attack people out of ignorance and end up in great remorse” (Qur’an 49:6).1 How many fault-finders of statements […]

Critique of Philanthrocapitalism

January 24, 2011 by


The following is a great post on the concept of ‘philanthrocapitalism’ wherein plutocratic elites mystifying the inherent systemic inequalities of capitalism through philanthropy. This reminds me of the work of Antonio Gramsci who argues that the inherent ideological nature of capitalist societies requires a cultural elite to promote a hegemonic discourse as structural injustices within […]

Peak Globalization – Bruce Nussbaum (Harvard Business Blog)

December 29, 2010 by


A very interesting critique of globalization. Is capitalism undermining Western hegemony? Peak Globalization by Bruce Nussbaum Centuries sometimes take a decade or so before their true contours take shape and the 21st is no exception. In an uncanny fashion, the beginning of this century mirrors that of the last — the speed, scale, and disruption […]

Liberal Democratic Capitalism and The End of History – Riz Khan Interview With Slavoj Zizek (al-Jazeera)

November 24, 2010 by


Is the world ignoring the signs of the so-called “end times”? Renowned philosopher and critic, Slavoj Zizek, explains what he thinks is causing the downhill slide, and points to the faltering economy, global warming and deteriorating ethnic relations as evidence.

Our Banana Republic – Nicholas D. Kristof (New York Times)

November 8, 2010 by


The following article was written by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times on wealthy inequality in the United States and the upcoming battle in congress over tax cuts. It gives food for thought on the purported benefits of unrestrained capitalism. Highlights from the article: The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost […]

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Ha-Joon Chang [Video]

October 30, 2010 by


Development economics expert Ha-Joon Chang dispels the myths and prejudices that have come to dominate our understanding of how the world works in a lecture at the RSA.

The Ideals of the Enlightenment – Isaac Kramnick (The Portable Enlightenment Reader)

October 27, 2010 by


In order for the contemporary student of knowledge to attain proper education, he or she must also study the dominant intellectual framework that is often presented as a competing source of authority and intellectual discourse for Islam. Secularized and Westernized elites, intellectuals, and bureaucrats knowingly or unknowingly utilize entire disciplines and arts that are alien […]

Good Forbes Article in Defense of Capitalism

October 6, 2010 by


The past few posts have been somewhat critical of capitalism. In all fairness, its important to hear the other side. The following article was posted on Forbes and lays out a decent defense of capitalism. Emancipation From What … Capitalism? Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein, 10.06.10, 06:00 AM EDT “In the year 1000, the average […]

Why You Shouldn’t Go to the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally

October 5, 2010 by


“Beneath the mask of hedonism, we live in a deeply oppressive, regulated society.” (Slavoj Zizek) Europe Witnesses Civil Unrest, America Witnesses Spectacle of Entertainment A previous post highlighted how people all over the world are responding to the current economic crisis: protests, strikes, legislative battles, and civil unrest. A cement truck was driven into the Irish […]

Tracking Responses to the Global Financial Crisis – Update: Saturday October 2nd

October 2, 2010 by


Introduction I’ve decided to do a weekly update entitled “Tracking the Global Financial Crisis” in order to track how states and non-state actors are reacting to the current global financial crisis. A birds eye perspective is needed as economies are inextricably linked through a global banking and business system. How one part of the world […]