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Best Quotes of the Week – May 7, 2022

“We need more mechanics, not MBA’s.”

Paul Begala, former presidential advisor and current political commentator, on “Real Time With Bill Maher” 05/06/2022 (min. 38:20)

The panel was discussing the possibility President Joe Biden may cancel trillions in student debt.

“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion — they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on which includes gay marriage and civil rights.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, regarding the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision

“As “Gilded Glamour and White Tie” pays homage to the period of rapid prosperity, industrialization and growth in the US from 1870 to 1890, some have called it ‘out of touch’.”

Maya Yang, about the annual gala that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, in The Guardian

The event regularly attracts the wealthy and powerful, mostly from the entertainment community.  While figures for the 2022 affair are unavailable, seats for the 2021 gala started at $35,000, although those on a highly selective guest list aren’t charged anything.  Last year’s event raised more than $16 million.  The MMA’s Costume Institute is the only department at the museum that is required to raise its own funds.  A smattering of the night’s excess can be found here.

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Pyramid of Capitalism, 1911

This is a provocative piece of art by Nedeljkovich, Brashick and Kuharich of Cleveland illustrating the hierarchical system of capitalist rule in the United States.  It’s definitely socialist in nature, with its clear delineations of class structure and division.  At the pyramid’s apex is the source of the trouble: a large bag of money.  Beneath that is the upper class – the “1%,” as it’s called here in the U.S.  Next are religious leaders and institutions who encourage obedience and acceptance of the status quo; beseeching the working masses to accept their unalterable fate and realize their rewards will come in the God’s kingdom, instead of on Earth.  It’s interesting this came out after the “Gilded Age,” which saw the greatest accumulation of wealth in the U.S.  It also came out in the same year as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, in which 146 women and girls died in what was then the deadliest workplace fire in U.S. history.

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