Category Archives: capitalism

No Black Friday For Ken

Once a year on Black Friday American consumerism outgrosses the year’s gluttonous excesses, as shoppers descend on the XXXL malls to buy corporate crap at discounted prices. The hoi polloi in the millions fight over wide screen TVs, iPhones, and Barbie dolls. Having never participated in the capitalist frenzy, I left the Fort Greene Observatory […]

Holy Bacon No

Deuteronomy 14:3-10 states, “Do not eat any detestable thing. … The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.” Jews consider pork ‘tref’ or unclean. The Q’aran maintains the same edict. “Allah has only forbidden you […]

Less Milk

The Financial Times came out of the banking holiday with a putdown on Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” and its tenet that income inequality has increased to disparities unseen since before the Great Depression. According to Al-Jazeera the FT’s Chris Giles says Piketty has “got his sums wrong.” Giles writes that the […]

Fugly Americans

When I was young, I shopped at different stores for different gifts. Your choices were delights. The prices were good and the quality guaranteed the products might last six months or more. Sam Walmart and his family has eliminated the corner stores, the main streets of America, and the curio stores by a scorched-earth policy […]

Black Friday Beer

On Black Friday millions of Americans hit the shopping malls to purchase marked-down electronics and toys. This frenzied spending spree kicks off the Christmas shopping season. This year’s Black Friday was an all ugly affair and getting uglier by the year. The term ‘black Friday originated from Philadelphia retailers’ description of the four-week holiday season […]