National anthem-protesting former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off December posting a warning against the dangers of capitalism but ended the month engaging in the most capitalist of actions, promoting his new hit shoe with Nike and, in the process, demonstrating the power of capitalism to be a force for good in the world.

Kaepernick, whose social justice activism has eclipsed his professional athleticism, has repeatedly criticized the United States from a radically left angle, including at one point favorably comparing the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro to the U.S. In early December, Kaepernick retweeted a quote from revolutionary socialist and chairman of the violence-embracing Black Panther Party Fred Hampton warning against the evils of capitalism:

“With no education you’ll have neo-colonialism instead of colonialism…and before you know it, they’ll [Black folks] be capitalist, and before you know it we’ll have Negro-Imperialist.” –Chairman Fred Hampton