In this second edition, David Lester supplements his original concise and understaded, yet politically and socially potent catalogue of the injustices of capitalist ideology on the world's indigent people, and the devastating environmental consequences of industrialization. Contains new, reliably sourced gruesome statistical facts about the harsh reality of capitalism's impact on the world that will appall, inspire, and incite.
About the authors
David Lester is a painter, graphic designer, cartoonist, and the guitarist in the rock duo Mecca Normal. His book, The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism went into a revised second printing and is taught as part of an English course on Academic Writing Stratagies at Capilano University. He has created the poster series "Inspired Agitators," archived at The Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, and designed the popular t-shirt "Actually, I like crap." Lester also does a weekly illustration, with text by Mecca Normal bandmate Jean Smith, for Magnet Magazine. As well, his cartoons appeared regularly for a year in the San Diego Reader. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Jean Smith is the singer and lyricist in Mecca Normal, whose first album was released in 1986. Their tenth album, the Family Swan was released by Kill Rock Stars. As a solo artist, Jean has also released an album. The next Mecca Normal CD will be out in spring 2006. Jean is profiled in The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and The Trouser Press Guide to Music. She is the author of I Can Hear Me Fine, and has written for magazines including Rolling Stone, Your Flesh, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Raygun, and Resister. Jean lives in Vancouver.
Open this book to any page and you will discover the dark side of capitalism. It is great people can be innovative and make lots of money for their efforts. However this book chronicles how money, power, and greed go hand-in-hand, and has the facts to back it up. It lists hundreds of examples of how government and corporations have gone too far to strip all of us of our rights, treasures, and resources. It has enough inside of it to make you most concerned of where America is going.