4 brief essays on capitalism.

1 Apr
  1. 10/22/11Four brief essays on American capitalism –a protest by an organic being.1. We live under the aegis of the canned, planned society. Government, media and industry together organize society to further the ends of the ‘system.’ During the ‘30’s, FDR’s New Deal led to the total organization of the economy. After the next crisis, World War Two, gov’t instituted war-planning of the economy. After the war, they developed a ‘consumer society’ which worked well until the Vietnam debacle and the oil crisis. Then society began to become unglued.

    We live in the wake of this failed era. Presently, both parties have shown that they can’t balance the budget, and neither can the cities, nor the states, yet they come begging for your vote and your wealth while edging out any third-party that dare prove that the system is rigged.

    The great powers in society are the military; the corporations, the government; the mass media; the churches; and all of them exist in antithesis to the interests of the people. The goal is to protect the system, the pyramid scam called capitalism in which the rich exploit the poor, and the poor have no recourse but to protest the parlous state of their welfare.

    The mass media are the tools of the capitalist-government power nexus, for it is imperative to influence the public so that the people will ‘fall in line’ with the system.

    2. Television is the perfect achievement of collectivism. This obtrusive, nattering machine that daily influences us in our home and hearth to buy , buy, buy, and spend, spend, spend. More and more gizmos that we can’t live without. More and more rhetoric and visual-based influence to live like the sensual kings of old. More and more reasons to continue to conform to the totalizing social order, to sell our labor to the benign, ‘beneficent’, paternalistic corporation, which doubtlessly ‘serves us.’ In truth, we serve it along with the materialistic society as a whole.

    As Hitler said in a rare moment of candor, “How fortunate it is for governments that the people don’t think!” The same formula applies in America of today as in yesterday’s Germany.

    One can’t help but think that the governments of the world all seek the same object — the consent of the masses to support the total system. The individual somehow belongs to society and the state.

    Governments, corporations, churches, businesses, banks and the military, the leaders of society. They all want to own your soul. Society is like a machine perfectly functioning and inhuman, in essence, mechanistic. Millions of people all think more or less alike, wanting similar things, buying and spending, consuming mindlessly, awaiting some earthly paradise of satisfaction with materialistic lifestyle which never quite arrives. Conformity governs human psychology. All obediently acting in collective fashion to unconsciously-directed goals, thanks to an all-pervasive mass-media that suggests to us how we must live. We are organic beings forced into an inorganic mode of existence.

    Americans may chafe at society’s dictates, yet in the end, they submit, for few people are poets and artists, the true rebels.

    3 Governments need your taxes; militaries need your sons and daughters for their unholy wars; churches need your rear-ends to fill their pews; and Henry Ford needs your disposable income to enrich his family more! More, more and yet more is all anyone understands, but no one seems to ask “why” and “what for?”

    During the 19th Century, millions of people lived uncomplainingly under the ‘factory system.’ Today, it’s the ‘consumer society.’ Tomorrow it will be ‘for life on the moon’ or some other corporate directive. The more we boast of our individuality, the more we find ourselves submitting to a faceless collective organization of people and things.

    Tomorrow it’ll be something else, yet all of us are reflections of the social order to which we belong. Only in the solitude of one’s inviolable inner self, belonging to one’s self, can freedom of the self be maintained.

    Hence, the totalizing social order seeks to invade this last vestige of the humanistic past, namely the mind and the soul within. In order to better exploit us, they fund departments of psychology, in order for organizations to make use of such research, and to sell us yet more things.

    Society is a cliché.

    4. The corporations have decided to ship jobs overseas, in order to screw the working class. The most important task they face is to influence millions of people through the idiot box and radio, and thus they can maintain their influence over the millions of human sheep, regardless of what crimes of profit they commit. Influence-peddling, on K Street, and bribery of corrupt pols are the name of the political game.

    Subtly brainwashed by TV, the people live out their unthinking, automatic, unresisting existence, whose mode is one of conformism. People work half the year giving a quarter of their incomes or more in order to support the quasi-democratic state. If this be freedom… then what is slavery?

    It is always more and more taxes, bigger and bigger armies, more and more policemen, larger and larger prisons. The name of the game is that the state must influence the people, for the state exists in order to control society. We are all indeed on the road to serfdom, as Hayek wrote.

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    Capitalism, the untold human cost. Here’s an SAT-style question:

    Let’s say you’re an orange grower. The going rate is one buck an orange bucket. You own 100 orange trees. A worker can fit 25 oranges in a bucket. You have ten workers who will have to pick 2500 oranges.

    You’re in business and have to make a profit.

    Q: How much do you pay each worker?

    Each worker picks 250 oranges or 10 buckets in a day, theoretically.

    A. You pay them as little as possible. Let’s say, ten cents per bucket picked. An 8 hour workday adds up to 80 cents per day. New workers must eat, bathe, et cetera. Or you can pay them 20 cents each if you fire 2 workers. 8 workers pick 312.5 oranges. Each doubles his income, but two workers lose their jobs.

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    Those are the kinds of problems that bedevil the capitalists.

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    1. Capital III

    Finance capitalism is now the basis of our economic-system. Wall St. profits from the misery of debtors. Those shysters have as their general goal the financially-enslaving consumers, those materialistic folk, so that they’ll be in debt to them forever. Is this how our financial system works?

    We require Big Gov’t. to protect us from the machinations of the big corporate bankers. FDR tried to stabilize the social-economic system by introducing “social security” which the country-clubricans seek to steal from us! Hence, their paid propagandists like Hannity and Beck and Rush continually flood the mass media with rhetoric about how much they ‘hate big gov’t.’ Yet they consistently fail to analyze why and how we have big gov’t in the first place! It was due to the crash of 1929, and the need to regulate big capital. “The progressives” recognized and rightly so, the need for gov’t to protect the people’s right to unionize the workers. The right of the individual to be protected from fraud in the marketplace required us to have some gov’t intervention into the economy. Social workers, labor laws, and other aspects of the New Deal and the Great Society were much-needed measures, corrections to ‘free-market capitalism’ run amok, which drives down wages and labor standards for the entire working-class. To invoke big business is to ignore how the marketplace is guided only by the rules of profit. Kill or be killed.

    To invoke ‘freedom from gov’t’ rhetoric, as Ron Paul does, is to ignore the advances of 20th century politics, which saw living standards rise for millions of people after the 2nd world war.

    2.

    We must express the unpleasant truths about privilege, entitlement and class warfare. We’ve had 30 years of wage-stagnation, massive accumulation of kapital by corporations, banks and the wealthy. Something has to give.

    “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.” Karl Marx and Engels.

    America distributes its rewards unequally.  The haves are being pitted against the have-nots. As author Naomi Klein has stated in The Shock Doctrine, “The crisis created on Wall Street that moved to Main Street.”

    20 percent of the population owns 85 percent of the US GDP, and one percent owns 34-44 percent of US GDP.  That means, 80 percent of the population is fighting over the remaining 15 percent of the pie. That’s “competition.”

    To paraphrase what railroad “Robber Baron” Jay Gould said, allegedly, “I can make half of the working class kill the other half.”

    Hence competition in American discourse may mean, members of the working -class fighting with one another while the country club rich stand to the side and tee off, annoyed at the intrusion on their pleasant pastimes.

    3. The Gilded Cage.

    The people of America, the aspiring middle-class folk and the working classes, are nothing but well-fed slaves. Why is it that they have never revolted against the system? The wealth and power go always to the few, and their bastions of privilege, namely Ivy League Universities, tend to benefit. Wealth can only be maintained now through financial shenanigans, since they’ve off-shored so much of American manufacturing and industry.

    The middle-class slaves toil away to pay for their goods, privileges, benefits and education. The successful hide themselves away so they don’t have to reform the system. As they say, “the business of America is Business.”

    Fifty percent of the US budget now goes to the military, ie to warfare. The Pentagon never saw a war it didn’t like! Wa®shington DC, Wall Street, and Wal-Mart now rule our lives!

    “Commuting is polluting!”
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