First World Problems

Peace.

The state of peace among men living side by side is not the natural state (status naturalis); the natural state is one of war. This does not always mean open hostilities, but at least an unceasing threat of war. Peace is an unnatural state sought by the status quo in order that they may continue to exploit the class attempting to wage war in opposition. Attempts to eliminate and demonize any form of class struggle are ways for the status quo to ensure their stranglehold on the world. Despite the humanistic appeal of peace, it aids exploitation.

Disarmament.

The prevention of revolutionary struggle and the ability of exploited classes of laborers to change their own conditions of living is further hindered by worldwide disarmament, leaving weapons in the hands of the exploitive class alone. The defenselessness and helplessness of individuals not permitted to protect themselves from the exploitive class is just as cruel a fate as throwing them into the lion’s den. Unable to defend themselves, they become easily exploited and must succumb to or join the bourgeoisie in order that their interests are protected by any militaristic might. The bourgeoisie own the means of defense now, too.

Counter-terrorism.

The bourgeois media has played a significant role in downplaying the necessity of change evidenced by class struggle, often disregarding it as meaningless terrorism that targets the innocent rather than the guilty. In fact, terrorism is a form of class struggle prevalent today that seeks to change the lives of the impoverished through strategic political goals and violence of action designed to garner support and incite struggle against the ruling classes around the world. Characterizing terrorist activity as a form of insanity, or dismissing the political goals of these groups and individuals is ignoring a very audible call to arms and a sign of the culminating events of class struggle.

Electoral Assistance.

Elections are a form of bourgeois reforms designed to appease the class struggle against the ruling class. Participating in elections is a way for the exploited class to become participants in the struggle for the bourgeoisie by circumventing their ability to conduct revolutionary actions against the bourgeoisie instead. Oversight of elections, then, is a way to even more certainly ensure that no official is elected unchallenged that could become a mouthpiece for the oppressed while in a position of power. The bourgeoisie may welcome the swelling of their ranks to help fend off the class struggle, but understand it could be dangerous inviting the ‘lesser classes’ into their community.

Decolonization.

By encouraging the propagation of splinter groups the bourgeoisie seeks to find new classes with bourgeois inclinations that may join their struggle to maintain their grip on the world’s economic pastures. Promoting decolonization with bourgeois interests in mind creates a new internal class struggle within a decolonized nation between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The victory of the bourgeoisie in such a country then serves as another force that can fight to continue the exploitation of the rest of the world. Bourgeois appeal exists everywhere, because it is a reality anywhere that there may be the capability for exploitation.

Children and Armed Conflict.

As much as our own humanistic ideals would like to preclude the idea of children participating in armed conflict as soldiers, our shared reality tells quite a different tale. The reason why child soldiers exist in certain areas of the world is that the class struggle has become so severe that every human being is involved in it. If the bourgeoisie would allow for even some reforms as an alternate means of attaining wealth as a member of the exploiting class, we would not see the tipping point of class struggle in the form of child soldiers.

Women, Peace and Security.

Another humanistic appeal to the question of revolutionary struggle is the participation of the other preferred non-combatant, women. The truth is, women have become exploited by the very same owners of the means of production that exploit their male counterparts. Women are often exploited in very much the same way, and sometimes in ways unique to their gender, but they are still exploited just as much as men. The bourgeoisie seek to claim them as non-combatants for the sake of significantly reducing the participants in revolutionary struggle in order to maintain their social positions and hierarchy.

Mine Action.

The removal of mines is another bourgeois method of attempting to erase historical class struggles that have either been neutralized or appeased temporarily. Again appealing to humanistic tendencies, the bourgeoisie insist that the struggles are over, that they have triumphed in the class struggle for the good of the bourgeoisie, that there is no further need for revolution. But revolution is permanent, a burning desire that will always be prevalent, whether as a flickering flame or a firestorm seeking to burn down the institutions of exploitation. Class struggle is continuous, unrelenting until the day exploitation is defeated and humans are able to share the abundant wealth of the world.

Sport for Development and Peace.

In this world of struggle between classes of people both exploited and privileged, sport becomes a microcosm. First, the bourgeoisie invest in sports as a means of entertainment, attempting to occupy the masses and giving them an escape intended to replace the struggle against exploitation. The proletariat does indeed enjoy sports, but from a much different perspective. They see in sports a microcosm for the necessity of collectivism yet while maintaining individual competition. While the bourgeoisie often praise competition as the evidence to validate individual exploitation, they often overlook or ignore the necessity of the collective. Occasionally these forces meet as a showing between differing ideologies.

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Capitalism is a system of exploitation. Its prevalence is the quiet consent of exploitation’s permeation throughout society. In effect, capitalism’s existence serves to encourage exploitation as the primary means for ensuring a positive quality of life and ignoring whatever may impinge upon others. Sexual exploitation and abuse will continue so long as a system of exploitation exists to validate it. We can create laws and attempt to curb it, but as long as the system maintains exploitation as a viable means for self-progression, the root of the problem will always outgrow efforts against it.

Organized Crime.

The criminal elements of our society will also continue to exist so long as exploitation is maintained as economically legitimate. In fact, the system of exploitation reacts to the growth of crime by creating new exploitive opportunities to prevent crime. Thus, organized crime benefits from their own business practices, but the legal system is able to exploit the criminals for their own benefit. Limitless jobs have been created to counter criminal efforts, yet none will ever strike at the root of the problem. If there were no criminals, we would have less of a need for police, judges, and other elements of law. They rely on crime as self-preservation.

Advancement of Women.

The push for the advancement of women as a minority group is an invention of the bourgeoisie emerging from the factory system as a result of the need for exploited labor. The bourgeoisie sought to ensure women could not be protected and that the factory owners could exploit just as many labor hours from them as they did from men. The push back came in the form of labor laws limiting hours for both sexes. Following the industrial age and the reduction in the need for unskilled labor, there begins to be a push for women’s education and skilled training to allow them to be exploited in other labor markets. Then the suffrage movement comes about as a bourgeois movement to bolster the privileged class, prioritizing women’s right to participate in bourgeois reform while men and women both were still held as slaves. Continued bourgeois ventures pressed for absolute equality not with men as it is often portrayed, but really equality as competing members of the bourgeoisie for the ability to build capital and eventually exploit labor themselves. All the while, the bourgeoisie continue to portray women as disadvantaged bourgeois minorities despite all of their societal privilege.

Countries in Special Situations.

The modern world has been carved up by imperial powers to aid in the exploitation of resources. This causes unique and sometimes dire situations in exploited regions around the world. The fallout resulting from these situations only furthers the imperialist’s ability to exploit the resources and the people in these volatile regions, meaning there is no incentive other than alternate forms of exploitation for an imperialist power or other observer to resolve such conflicts. Apologies mean nothing when a region is manipulated to maintain their state of disarray so that they may be exploited even further.

Governance and Institution Building.

Cover of the 1995 CD-ROM

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Institute are the two major international bourgeois organizations that assist and reward nations implementing reforms indicative of a transition to a bourgeois economy. They aid countries attempting to implement economies based on a bourgeois system of exploitation. When private institutions in a nation are encouraged to exploit the poor without consequences, it serves to change the cultural acceptance of exploitation within that nation. It allows budding capitalists to follow the trail of capital in hopes of accumulating their own and being able to exploit citizens as never before.

International Trade.

International trade, connected with the concept of globalization, is truly the basis of international exploitation. With such an interconnected world, no longer do the bourgeoisie require the resources of entire nations to exploit weaker nations. In this modern era, the accumulation of individual capital is so monstrous that individuals and corporations are now able to own the means of production to exploit whichever region of the world they choose, so long as a capitalist government is there to back the exploits with the threat of a military presence. Now we are able to see a world without its borders.

Macroeconomics and Finance.

There is no invisible hand of the market. Capitalism is volatile, and that is why we see financial ruin and failure sometimes hit the previously most lucrative markets. There is no balance within a capitalist economy. The bourgeoisie exploit the proletariat, accumulating the capital necessary to obtain additional means of production. The capitalists are then able to acquire additional capital and exploit other former capitalists, forcing them to join the proletariat as the exploited class while the minority owning the means of production grows ever more fearsomely powerful. Capital becomes unfairly concentrated among fewer and fewer individuals.

Population.

There is, within our shared world, the means to provide acceptable minimum standards of living to the entirety of the seven billion plus living on our planet. However, we have fought for years over the share of those resources required and needed by all. Resources are hoarded by the capitalists so that they may use them for exploitation and the accumulation of capital. No matter how many programs of reform are implemented, no matter how much awareness the world has of our economic disparities, we cannot provide a minimum standard for everyone so long as this system of exploitation exists.

Science, Technology and Productive Sectors.

Despite all of the scientific and technological advances seen in recent years, progress continues to be hindered by the driving force of exploitation. Scientific breakthroughs and technological advances only are funded and occur once there is the ability to exploit it. Regardless of the humanistic need for cures to cancer or digital technologies, the greedy capitalist only seeks progress that can lead to an accumulation of capital. What’s more is that certain things like cures to diseases and other fatal conditions are used to exploit the proletariat and extract capital by monopolization or prevention of advancement.

Social Development.

Humans are becoming increasingly anti-social and alienated from each other as a result not of technology or entertainment, but from the underlying system that relies upon the commodification of the individual for self-progression. Human interactions suffer because the only interface necessary between capitalists is an exchange of commodities. Without authentic interactions, humans begin to see each other only as means to their own accumulation of capital. Whether it is interactions with parents, children, coworkers or complete strangers, each social interaction is treated more like a trip to the market than a genuine expression of feelings toward other individuals.

Sustainable Development, Human Settlements, Energy.

The world is slowly becoming environmentally aware as a result of advances in science and research, as well as activism and education. There have been numerous proposals in recent years for alternatives means of preserving our planet, reducing our destruction and consumption to make this place sustainable well into the future. While some nations have adopted protocols to this effect, many others have downright ignored or even denied environmental concerns despite the evidence available. This is because conservation is at odds with the current methods of resource distribution and exploitation. There isn’t incentive to save Earth.

Genocide.

The use of genocide as a tactic is a solution grown from dire economic circumstances. The prevention of such economic circumstances is the primary method to avoid genocide against any group of people in the future. In the past, capitalism’s vices have been misunderstood to be cultural practices absorbed by certain groups of people. This, of course, is a misunderstanding and wrongfully attributes characteristics to groups who identify as other than capitalists. Educating the uninformed about the inherent evils of this economic system will serve to teach class struggle in order to avoid senseless discrimination based on non-binding factors.

Indigenous People.

Capitalism has exploited indigenous people throughout history, even to the point of near extinction in the United States of America. Perhaps not so ironically many of these indigenous communities were collectivist in nature and where defeated had often failed to adopt methods of exploitation to maintain competitiveness in the transition to a capitalist society. Exploitation by those who already own the means of production may seem simple enough, but is an alien concept to a collectivist society that seeks the welfare of the whole rather than the progression of the individual. Lessons can be learned from these early collectivists.

Human Trafficking.

As cruel as it may seem, human trafficking cannot be characterized much differently from other exploitive acts for financial gain. Though it may be the least humanistic of all exploits, it has its roots in capitalism just as any other path to exploitation. Human trafficking was an ancient innovation that enabled for the exploitation of disadvantaged humans in exchange for the accumulation of capital for the individual that possessed the means, desire and prowess to exploit another human being. These exploitive individuals do not conduct their operations solo, no. There is also a market that enables them to accumulate capital from the illegal trafficking of their fellow human beings.

Human Security.

Individual rights is a bourgeois concept that promotes the commodification of the individual and neglects the importance of the well-being of the whole of society. The importance of the individual trumps that of the collective good in a capitalist society. What benefits the individual unfortunately does not often benefit the rest of society. The collective whole is what matters in the long-term and the big picture of it all. When a society insists on promoting the individual, it loses sight of the need to benefit all of society. Remnants are neglected, ignored or deprived of their basic needs.

Impact of Sanctions.

Economic sanctions are cruel and accepted methods of exploitation by capitalist nations, often in response to an opposing nation’s lack of commitment or acquiescence to capitalist modes of production. It punishes the people, taking away some of their basic needs as well as their means to enjoy a certain quality of life. It presses their national economy into the mud, forcing them to adopt other methods to rise again which the capitalists may disapprove of as well. It serves no other purpose other than for the status quo to maintain the dominance of their power and ideology by punishing millions of innocent lives who have committed no crimes.

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

The bourgeoisie seek to reduce the fighting force capabilities of the proletariat by appealing to humanistic nature and declaring non-combatants by ranks of civilians, women and children. The truth is, proletarian struggle is entirely in their interest, and they must be permitted to participate in the class struggle in order for the proletariat to effectively rise against the bourgeoisie and change their world for the better. The bourgeois media play a large role in demonizing the combat of non-military forces because the media is a collaborator with the bourgeoisie to maintain their own positions.

Codification and Progressive Development of International Law.

First, international law is codified based on a bourgeois perspective that is reactionary and disciplinary. It prefers the freedom of exploitation over circumvention of crimes and sees rehabilitation as a wasted investment that does not return capital gain nearly as well as prisoner workmanship. Second, international law is established by the status quo to punish non-adherents of their bourgeois philosophies, most namely but among many others, the preservation of the individual. Trials are held to persecute the non-compliant anti-capitalists as well as anyone else who may not hold the same worldview as the bourgeoisie.

Treaties.

Treaties are means of exploitation created by bourgeois nation-states in order to enable legitimized exploitation of other nation-states. Bourgeois concepts like free trade or weapons proliferation agreements allow state capitalists to exploit any nation with justification from such agreements, whether the exploited nation is party to the agreement or not. This is how the international bourgeoisie impose upon and coerce other nations in order for them to maintain their power and exploitive economic might. With support from their bourgeois brethren in the international community, capitalists are given legitimized free rein to rule the world for their own interests alone.

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