capitalism

Don’t Vote with your Wallet – Vote with your Protest!

When I was a kid, I used to collect Panini stickers. You buy an album, and get card packs with random stickers to fill up the empty squares. You never know what stickers you’re going to get. But for the joy of opening a pack, the excitement of getting new ones and trading the doubles, you gladly paid a price. When you think about it, it was scale model capitalism:…


Neymar Da Silva Santos, or How Association Football is again the ugliest head on the Lernaean Hydra of Capitalism.

By the time you read this the final details might have been finalized and Neymar Da Silva Santos, better known simply as Neymar, is the newest acquirement of football team Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian superstar is currently on his way from Shanghai to Qatar. There he will receive a physical examination and meet the chairman of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Neymar is currently under contract with FC Barcelona. Considered one…


A Marxist with an iPhone

Now with the recent protests in Hamburg organised by the left wing youth and the occasional violent escalation spurred by anarchists, a certain meme is doing the rounds again on social media. The meme appears in various forms and depictions, but always comes down to the same concept. Pick a photo of a radical socialist or otherwise left wing supporter in a frame where they allegedly benefit from a capitalist…


Dutch Formation Failed Due to Reformism and Capitalism

The Dutch cabinet formation is currently deadlocked. After negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks have stopped, there seems to be no viable alternative available. This is caused by a number of options that are ruled out by certain parties. The bourgeois press and political commentators regard this as unwillingness to make concessions for the sake of the national interest. They want to give the impression that the parties are…


Activism Against Overproduction: Don’t Stop at Your Boycot

A much debated subject of activism is boycotting. By some considered pointless and idealistic, by others seen as a kickstarter for a bigger movement of resistance. Not only in leftist circles it’s popular to not buy certain products as protest against policies or ethical questions. Also centrist or right leaning folks can take part in it from their identity as consumer. “Vote with your wallet” is a popular vehicle in…


Play Like a Girl – Against Modern Football

The last few weeks this GIF surfaced once again on various social networks like Tumblr and Twitter. It shows a glaring look into the distorted world of top tier professional football (soccer) and the strange behaviours therein that many already have internalised and accepted as the norm. First and foremost of course, the images are meant to combat sexism. It shows a contrast to the stereotype of delicate, vulnerable women and…


FIFA, Conformism and Toxic Chauvinism

Dark, ominous clouds are packing above BJK Inönü stadium. Bright lights appear against the night’s sky and a thunder rumbles from the stands. Thousands of voices group together in a booming chant, rolling down to the pitch and echoing through the streets of Istanbul. As the glow and smoke of the roman candles slowly drifts apart, the faces of the fans become visible and we see the passion and anticipation…