Preditory Capitalism: Don't Let That Shadow Touch Them

Jeff Gates2010-10-09

Chamomile Tea Party

Chamomile Tea Party
Washington, DC, United States

"Predatory Capitalism" results when companies' profit-making policies go unchecked by government regulations meant to protect citizens from harmful money-making schemes. The lending practices that led to the economic crisis in 2008 is an example of predatory capitalism.

Economist James Galbraith made this case recently. His theory of economic predation holds that "in a predatory regime, nothing is done for public reasons. Indeed, the men in charge do not recognize that 'public purposes' exist. They have friends and enemies, and as for the rest – we’re the prey."

Why isn't the anger of laissez-faire, "hands-off" conservatives aimed at these corporations instead of just the government? Why is their culpability dismissed and ignored?

In 2018, the Senate passed a measure to rollback some of the consumer protections created after the Great Recession of 2008. This poster focuses on one element of this issue: advocating for individuals to take responsibility for protecting themselves and their families from fiscal policies that may be dangerous to their own well-being. Buyer beware.

The posters in this series reflect the conflicts the American political system has been experiencing during the turbulent period between 2010-2018. They are meant to encourage an exploration and a dialogue about the cultural minefield we now find ourselves in.



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