Quotable: Albert Einstein on capitalist tyranny

“Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital, the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.”

–Albert Einstein, “Why Socialism?”, Monthly Review, 1949

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1 Response to Quotable: Albert Einstein on capitalist tyranny

  1. Slave Revolt says:

    What an excellent quote Bina. Isn’t it interesting that Einstein’s political views are so submerged in the capitalist media.
    Indeed, given the cradle to grave misinformation, it is almost impossible for the citizen suffering the boot of capitalism and layers of class oppression to make sense enough from the ‘news’ in order to use whatever political rights have been achieved.
    The capitalist media is a monster that is used to beat the people down.

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