Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death.
Its 80,000 BC
You are Immortal.
The world (the Earth) is Frozen in an Ice Age.
You decide to save $10,000 every day, never spending a cent. 82,021 years later, Christmas 2021. You would still not have as much money as Elon Musk?
The combined net worth of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos is $500 billion, a sum bigger than the market value of Johnson & Johnson and about equal to that of America’s biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase.
The 10 richest Americans, including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, are worth a total of $1.4 trillion.
‘An economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.“an era of free-market capitalism”
If a company makes £100,000 ‘profit’ in a single year. The following year the company makes another £90,000 profit. Within a capitalist system that is considered a loss of £10,000 not a profit of £90,000?
Capitalism is not the worst system of society that history has seen? An insatiable maximisation of profits (at any cost), in a world that is irreversibly changing (suffering) from catastrophic effects of climate change, willful neglect and pollution, to continue with a Capitalist Construct clearly unsustainable and destructive? It’s time for a new system to emerge – a system based on needs-driven production and direct democracy, along with free access to goods and services based on the maxim “from each according to ability, to each according to need”.
More Profit, even more profit, ever more profit is impossible, we have exceeded saturation point, the priority for an elite minority that exploits the majority claiming superiority with illegitimate authority, robustly controlled by (owned) media produced propaganda.
“Rage is perfectly and absolutely the correct emotion when dealing with the horrors of capitalism.” Capitalism was “good” in that it has been the system under which a great deal of advancement has come, and in the sense that it tends to be better than feudalism is (for the lower classes). Capitalism is, however, inherently destructive in its unsustainability, profit-driven warfare, and tendency towards planned obsolescence.
That’s not to mention the epidemic poverty levels and the denial of available resources to the desolate for the purposes of maintaining profitability. Today’s economic systems subject people in extreme poverty to punishing exploitation and often condemn them to uselessness. Around the world, there are examples of successful, workable initiatives for the public good, fair-trade, and promoting self-sufficiency and community resilience. Proof an alternative can exist? There need to be more.
Poverty is not inevitable.
Poverty is the worst scourge ever created by human beings; it is up to human beings to end it.
The most disadvantaged people can free themselves from the dependence and indignity of poverty when their courage and their capacity for action are recognized and when everyone takes responsibility for overcoming the prejudice and discrimination that continue to exclude people in poverty, on every continent.
“The palliatives over which many worthy people are busying themselves now are useless because they are but unorganised partial revolts against a vast, wide-spreading, grasping organisation which will, with the unconscious instinct of a plant, meet every attempt at bettering the conditions of the people with an attack on a fresh side.” – William Morris
We are taught (conditioned) to think of our success in terms of numbers.
If touching one person’s life is a good thing,
Then touching one thousand people lives must be a great thing.
It’s easy to see where we learned to think this way,
Our whole society revolves around mass production.
The more units we can move,
The more customers we can serve,
The more houses, boats, cars, we can get,
The more money and the more stuff we have, the better ‘we’ are, right?
Thing is, it is not ‘we’, it is never ‘we’ it is thee? Just thee……
The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of society as a whole.
From this statement, it naturally follows that a socialist society must be one without social classes, states, central governments, money, trade, wage-labour, or employment, and must include voluntary labour and free access to all goods and services produced by society for all, based on their own self-determined needs. That is also unrealistic, utopian? Tried and failed.
The immense productive powers of capitalism have long since reached a stage where the establishment of socialism has been possible but because of the fetters of the financial market and the profit system it is unable to deliver what socialism can.
A socialist society (modern, fit for purpose, socialism) has never been tried and it should be noted that what passed for socialism/communism in the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, etc., has none of the features of a socialist society.
Rather, as we observed in 1918, what took place in Russia and subsequently in other countries called socialism was a form of capitalism run by the state that had all the features of the capitalist mode of production – a monetary system, wage-labour, exploitation by the extraction of the surplus-value produced by the workers, state coercion, alienation of the worker from his product, and so on.
We cannot advocate reformism, i.e. a platform of reforms with the aim of gradually reforming capitalism into a system that works for all. While we are happy to see the workers’ lot improved, reforms can never lead to the establishment of socialism and tends to bleed energy, ideas, and resources from that goal.
Reforms fought for can, and frequently are, taken away or watered down. Rather than attempting gradual transformation of the capitalist system, something we hold is impossible and has been proven by a century of reformist platforms of so-called workers’ parties which have led instead to the reform of such parties themselves to accept capitalism.
Only socialism can end forever the problems of our present society such as war, poverty, starvation, inadequate health care and housing, insecurity, and environmental degradation.
“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” Joseph Wresinski
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