provisional essay on Capitalism and socialism

8 Aug

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Below are two analyses of capitalism, by me.

Q: How do we explain the co-existence of poverty and great wealth amassed in the hands of fewer and fewer hands here in Amerika? If we know one thing about capitalism, it is that it tends toward the creation of monopolies. Corporations compete with one another in order for the stronger ones to devour the less strong ones. Meanwhile the real needs of the poor for work, housing, education and food, go increasingly unmet, as their false artificially-constructed wants are exploited by the members of the superior class. In the final analysis, we don’t really need the technological wonders which have been created in order to foster the ends of the capitalists; what we really need is that which we need in order to survive the present social order.

a) The essential social question is that of property. It is property and its private ownership that creates the fundamentals of the system of capitalism. The bourgeoisie is the property-owning class, which has constructed legal, social, and educational systems in order to further its own ends.

b)The working-class, also known as labor, is predicated on the social fact of ‘wage-slavery.’ Everywhere in America one sees the end result of wage-slavery, which is poverty. The worker, the waiter, the clerk, the cab driver, the prostitute — all are the social products of capitalist division of mankind into classes: the rich, the middle-classes, the workers, the immigrants, and the poor.

Society is a legitimate object of study, and sociology is forced to concede to the Marxists the insights into the nature of the social order, which have opened our eyes to what is there before our eyes but is dimly understood: “The We.” Enforcing this social order in every society is the police and before it lies armies of teachers, academics, priests, preachers, social workers and government workers: in short, the bourgeoisie‘s intellectual representatives.

The police don’t exist in order to solve crimes, but to frighten the working-class into not rebelling  against the system! Therein lies the genius of the capitalistic class in protecting its self-interest insofar as it seduces the self-declared neutral members of society into serving the system that primarily benefits the rich. Anyone for tennis, the capitalists ask, while society burns. Conspicuous consumption, not the fair allocation of resources, is what the predatory capitalists aim at. This only further alienates the poor and the proletariat, or working-class, which when it attempts to form itself into legitimate unions, is only stymied at every turn by the political hacks of capitalism.

If academics, intellectuals, the disaffected members of the upper and upper middle-class, the students, the poor, the working-classes, the emprisoned, the poor disused soldiers, and others, were to recognize their common interest in changing the social order, then there would be the makings of a major public rebellion against the system of oppression, called capitalism. This order, which consigns millions of people to poverty and near poverty, is not natural but is entirely man-made. In it is to be found the vast underpaid army of the unemployed, the wage-slaves, the discriminated-against minorities, the vast underclass of the uneducated, and the disaffected members of all classes. Yet, one asks, why don’t the poor rebel against the system?

If these classes of society were to understand the false, criminal, and fundamentally unjust nature of capitalism — then there would be the forging together of a class of mankind in solidarity, a melting away of differences of opinion, and a consensus that capitalism is inherently rotten and must either be reformed immediately or be destroyed from within, to be replaced by a more just social order. Capitalism has a stale date which is rapidly approaching us. The dust-bin of history awaits it eagerly.

That is the nature of the protest that must break out against the current socio-economic system under which we live and against which we must consign ourselves spiritually, physically, morally in the name of the coming struggle. This struggle against the falsity of the capitalist system and the cultural and political system built upon social injustice will end with the victory of the proletariat. The many — the eighty or ninety percent– will prevail against the upper classes. But it will not be easy.

Capitalism cannot survive without the exploitation of labor,

the cheating of millions of workers by underpaying them for their labor. Upon this appropriation of underpaid labor-wealth, an entire social order has been constructed, with a great deal of phony religion overlaying it in order for the capitalists to avoid scrutinizing their own conscience for indulging themselves in this vast criminal enterprise. We to this process as ‘expropriation’ of labor-time from the laborer.

Thus, the system thrives ultimately on fear — fear of the police, fear of the father, fear of the priest, fear of the superior powers. Fear keeps the working-class from organizing collectively and challenging ‘the status quo.’ Fear of the landlord keeps the underclass high and drunk half the day.

The system we live under is a monster, devouring its own children. Ultimately its children will devour it — and will construct a new, humanistic order designed to serve man and woman’s needs rather than exploiting them with false wants — all for profit. What a great gift it is to tyrants, said a famous one, that the people do not think! Well, he underestimated the will of the working-class to its self-education and self-defense. Now all it needs to do is to link hands with the intellectual class which must reject the seductions of the capitalist market-place and either reform the corporate plutocratic system — or see it  ultimately destroyed.

The working-class is what the upper  class most fears. The self-educated, self-organized working-class which no longer has blind faith in the system which oppresses them. They see all the gains and wealth going to the privileged few. Even the educational system in America is organized in order to keep the working-class hands from being idle.

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A brief summation of Marx, the thinker:

Marxism is principally an analysis of society. We cannot change society without first having some form of understanding of society. Hence, Marxism is a branch of sociology, as well as of history and economics.

The mass media exist to provide the populace, especially the working-class, with a ‘false consciousness.’ It’s quite ingenious. The proletariat (working-class and the poor) are continually subjected to the false images of the capitalist marketplace, in order so that they will function both as workers and consumers.The products used by the wealthy are shown on TV and in the movies, right in the faces of the poor, who keep working harder and harder, unable to afford to buy them. If the poor steal, they end up in prison. But if they buy these products, they avoid paying for the things they really need: food, housing, clothing. That is ‘false consciousness,’ in a nutshell.The mass media exist to keep the workers deluded; yet every day, they feel their oppression as real.

There is a structure of society:
The owners of the means of production are: the rich, the industrialists.

The bankers and the politicianss are their employees.

The police are their only real protection from a mass uprising of the working-class.

The military and the jails gobble up a significant portion of the working-class, so that the middle class can experience a little less competition.

Religion was developed as an idea-system, that would keep the workers from attaining an understanding of society.

The media spread false consciousness.
The educational system exists to keep the class-system in place. University for the well-off; vocational school for the poor.

Capitalism leads mankind to war after war; and who dies in these largely pointless conflicts? Mainly the children of the working-class! And who brings them these wars? The ruling class!

Marx saw societal stability differently, believing that money and industry hold the status quo in place. As long as the upper class keeps the lower class happy enough in their oppressed state, the rich will become richer and the lower class will accept its inferior position in life.

NEW:
We cannot ignore Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, as thinkers, despite the problems caused by Communism. Where I disagree with the Marxists was in their demand for a violent overthrow of Capitalist bourgeois society. We need to figure out how to REFORM capitalism, before it’s too late. Feminism, environmentalism, peace protestors, and critics of capitalism should come to an understanding that the system we live under needs to be reformed. Marx’s call for a violent revolution led only to the failures of Communism, as a system. Even Red China today is basically a capitalist country, but one that has repeated America’s mistakes, and is not reformed.

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