Meme has become a by-word of contemporary digital culture. And that makes sense, because when you think of it, meta-jokes allow us to communicate things in a way more complex way. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. When the subject of a conversation is fundamentally intricate, it begs for an unorthodox way to talk about things.

Like, capitalism. Many of us know how painful it may be to work late hours like there’s no tomorrow, like your family doesn’t exist, to sit by the desk without a day off, trying hard to deliver your very best daily, only to realize it’s been like this for the past decade. Here you go, I just described one of the memes in this list.

And while the capitalist society is spinning its wheels harder than ever before, with long-awaited hope of minimum wage being raised to $15 in the US, these anti-capitalist memes seem more relevant than ever. Someone's calling us overdramatic?

And to whoever is not into hard topics in life, this batch of memes speak of society and its flaws in a funny, like cringe funny, “oh my, it’s me” way. Psst! Another batch of anti-capitalist jokes can be found in our previous post here.

#1

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phanmo
Community Member
6 months ago

This is a tax credit scam. The grocery store makes a donation in their name with all the money collected and gets a tax credit.

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#2

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River Webb
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6 months ago

believe in America

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To find out more about the complex dynamics between capitalism and internet jokes, Bored Panda reached out to Dovydas Skarolskis, a Vilnius-based connoisseur of the contemporary political and cultural climate.

First off, Dovydas said that there’s no mathematically accurate answer to whether capitalism and the free market are evil. “The economic historians defending the free market have estimated that it is only because of the ideas of capitalism and industrialization that people have been able to rise out of poverty.”

Meanwhile, he explained that many researchers and activists of the field see our contemporary society as full of various forms of exploitation. “The fight between these and many other political ideas is perfectly illustrated by the Political Compass memes that ridicule one position or the other, as well as mock the assumptions about them and the ideas behind them."

#3

No Words Describe This

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thisisanalt
Community Member
6 months ago

homeless man gets 180 months ceo gets 3.33333333333 years

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#4

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

The brainwashing to get the buy-in is what is amazing.

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According to Dovydas, when tackling a vast array of different opinions, “humor is an excellent way to find like-minded people as well as attract new people who’d be interested in the ideas or even change their point of view.”

Dovydas likes to divide all the memes and jokes that criticize capitalism into a couple of categories. “First, it’s jokes that defend more radical ideas, irony and satire. They don’t require taking extreme measures to disrupt the functioning of our society, like replacing liberal democracy run by free trade with  socialist or even anarchist or communist principles of public governance.”

#5

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

how could we possibly sacrifice rich peoples yacht money?!

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#6

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Troux
Community Member
6 months ago

Try leasing poverty. Go to the laundromat instead of using your own machine, cash a check at Amscot/WU instead of at your own bank, or try some rent-to-own furniture. You'll see just how expensive it is to be poor.

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#7

🤷🏼‍♂️

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Kay blue
Community Member
6 months ago

For some reason lots of people like to attack single mothers and think that because they need a bit of extra support they are a drain on society. What about all the fathers who did a runner and don't help to support their offspring. The pro-birthers don't want women to have abortions but also don't want to help support the child once it is separate human.

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#8

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Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
6 months ago

Power to the people Veggie Tales!

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#9

On That Day, The Burger King Pr Team Learned A Valuable Lesson About Twitter.

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

yes, but they still love them and thats what matters

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However, Dovydas sees the flaws of this type of humor. “The biggest problem with these jokes is that they often justify historical crimes associated with radical leftist movements, or promise happiness by abandoning what we have in the name of something that has never been implemented before.”

“The second category of jokes falls under the softer criticism of capitalism and the free market that targets particular problems, exposing the absurdity of everydayness. We can name a number of problems associated with the modern free world: starting with the exploitation of third-world workers, corporate tax evasion, illegal and sometimes even legal pollution, and a number of others. In summary, the second type can be described as more moderate individuals who fight against obvious manifestations of social injustice.”

#10

Nah, It's Probly Just Teachers

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Troux
Community Member
6 months ago

...not to mention increasing access to info that shows us what other countries do.

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#11

How True

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Sleepyhead
Community Member
6 months ago

I remember reading the news and seeing this tweet, and it is spooky how quiet it’s been. Like, would I get low-key eliminated by a dark web hacker for this comment?

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#12

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Mr Red
Community Member
6 months ago

The glasses below should show cracks as well

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#13

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

wise words form a wise woman

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#14

Cool

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

who cares about healthcare? what REALLY matters is that our precious overpriced buffalo wings are still available

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The third kind is what Dovydas calls “the post-ironic” approach. “It’s when joking, or rather the act of creating a joke itself, happens just for the sake of self-realization. The person who creates or likes this kind of content can be free from political ideas, or even if one has a particular political view, they don’t have to expect to change something about it.”

According to Dovydas, it’s totally enough to make fun of the world around us to collect a few or a few more likes. “Doomers, who believe that modern capitalism is a sort of dystopia they cannot escape, also fall under this category. This third group can also be named nihilists, pessimists, and post-ironicists.”

#15

The Imaginary Thriving Average American

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LazyPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes

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#16

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Nea
Community Member
6 months ago

And their bios say ‘self-made’

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#17

It’s Time To Stop

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Ray Martin
Community Member
6 months ago

Damon Tripodi - Nobody likes you Damon. It's not because you're a horrible person, though. It's because you're a horrible person who seems compelled to share his unpleasant opinions about everything.

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#18

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

It usually is the rich parents... or having a family to fall back on.

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#19

I Wish We Had A Choice.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
6 months ago

It’s literally that simple. Except for me i make the distinction between just capitalism vs unregulated capitalism.

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#20

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
6 months ago

Stole the job from a unionized mouse, obviously.

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#21

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Gurnox
Community Member
6 months ago

To be fair, I've not got an issue with someone getting a leg up from their parents. I would do it for my kids. It's when the person being helped pulls the ladder up after them, and adopts an 'I'm alright Jack' attitude, that there is a problem.

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#22

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Brenna Cai
Community Member
6 months ago

WHO NEEDS T W E N T Y F I V E BATHROOMS

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#23

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Paradise
Community Member
6 months ago

Trump goes on the show to get some $ to pay his debts. Gets answers wrong, sues the show for being losers and fake. He rightfully won and in fact got the answers right - like "what is the capital of Florida?"and he says Mar a Lago.

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#24

Haha Commercial Money Go Brrr

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Levels of irony
Community Member
6 months ago

Ye what more do they need like what do they do just make us money defiantly not

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#25

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

even if a rich person is supernaturally terrorised I still really doubt they'd share

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#26

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Police guarding dumpster food is peak capitalism

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

why...?

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#27

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Minh Le
Community Member
6 months ago

Lol. They actually fire half of the staffs

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#28

74 Of The Most Accurate Capitalism Tweets And Jokes That Prove We Already Live In A Dystopia

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Harrison Miller
Community Member
6 months ago

That only comes out to 16.82285 billion. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is sitting in his $250 million estates counting his billions.

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#29

Isn't It Great?

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
6 months ago

Such a good point

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#30

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Cian Thomas McHugh
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6 months ago

What the hell even is gumption?

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#31

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

what a kind and generous man!

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#32

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

and yet all of that is invisible to the eyes of politicians

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#33

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

No kidding. What customer is going through the checkout line throwing hissy fits and elbows because someone is sitting while scanning?

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#34

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Eric Law
Community Member
6 months ago

And the government gave us ARPANET which was the predecessor to the Internet. How easily we forget (when Fox News tells us to)...

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#35

"But People Starve Under Socialism!"

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Sleepyhead
Community Member
6 months ago

I’d like to ask other countries what they don’t like about the United States, but the people of the United States would say I’m not UnitedStatesan. CUZ MURICA

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#36

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Troux
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6 months ago

They'll notice when you use that first vacation day and treat you like a slacker. :)

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#37

74 Of The Most Accurate Capitalism Tweets And Jokes That Prove We Already Live In A Dystopia

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

The lack of compassion all around is staggering.

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#38

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah, the new hire orientation 'unions are bad' video.

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#39

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Levels of irony
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmmmm yes does he have it

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#40

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Something
Community Member
6 months ago

The thing is, though, the types of socialism that people want aren't even the opposite of capitalism. With the type of mixed economy that exists now, it is actually possible for the system to become both more socialist and more capitalist at the same time.

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#41

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magnadar
Community Member
6 months ago

You think you can buy the joker? He burns the freakin' money!

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#42

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Something
Community Member
6 months ago

Communism is also bad though. And unnecessary because there are a lot of other good ideas to solve the problems in the current system.

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#43

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
6 months ago

"Deserves or is entitled to?" = "Potato or potatoe?"

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#44

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
6 months ago

Also, vegging in the street for scraps is now illegal and the jails charge.

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#45

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CatWoman312
Community Member
6 months ago

Shh the cancel culture squad might overhear you and declare this offensive

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#46

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

good news! it seems like everyone wants to buy it!

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#47

Fascism vs. Capitalism

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Levels of irony
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow clowny is there to entertain you while you are in serious debt and need to work work and work until your body disnagrates

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#48

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Julie C Rose
Community Member
6 months ago

New Zealand closes its department stores whenever we go into soft lockdown and also banned online shopping from department stores when we were in our strict lockdown. This gets rid of covid so well that we usually don’t have to deal with the situation this person is describing, but I notice that this is never the kind of solution that people like this are looking for...

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#49

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Solrac
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, in communist countries you work to make the party oligarchs rich, only they pose as servants of the people.

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#50

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

what are you talking about? every single one of those generic, harmful, plastic bottles has a unique and original design!

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