Bones

Human remains in St Eusebius' Church, Arnhem

Their bones break under the weight of burden.

They lie still amid the rubble and ash.

Hundreds of years, waiting for the impact.

An end to distress, cheery destruction.

So weak for so long, and finally snapped.

They used to stand up, riot and revolt.

Until heavy hearts crumpled their spirits.

Supposedly protective, what a lie.

My heart beats fast and my stomach is sick.

They drink too much and their sorrows are real.

The early warning signs, symptoms of loss.

Connected in a circle, holding hands.

Asking kumbaya, but never around.

The hunger threatens, and they remain strong.

Doing what they can is how they survive.

Pretty flowers, the pearls of the ocean.

Hidden deep inside to protect their growth.

Thousands of years they walked, hunting pale fish.

Evolutionary advantages.

They didn’t see the beady eyes’ envy.

Festering in hatred that would soon come.

Puckered lips, wanting to kiss, all for coin.

Chains and shackles placed, revoking freedom.

Sold to their former brothers, exploited.

Abuses allowed, the sanctions of death.

Right Down the Line

Put it down. We will become enamored.

Say it into our reality realm.

Put in effort to place them at our feet.

If you put down the right and pick the left.

We can flush their royal houses away.

Once you put them down, you can speak the truth.

We will be captivated by your voice.

Yet no one has put it down like we want.

Playing with our hearts, knowing of the queen.

All of her money, she eats her cake, too.

It had better be stopped. Place her in check.

The fire in the water burns our souls.

A useful igniter for the movement.

We’ll steal your women, make the babies hate.

Dance at the court, mocking aristocrats.

English: The ballroom at Eglinton Castle

Telling us we will always be below.

The pride of the imperial rulers.

Their friends scowl and grimace at our fraud.

They volunteer to be put down as well.

Carry them out, escort them to the back.

Let them tell their daughters they will return.

Liars born in cradles, carried to graves.

The morning soreness will be worth the pain.

Maintain your image. You’re larger than life.

Deprive the thieves of their stolen purses.

Ride the Wave

Between the waves my brethren toss and turn.

Boy and Wave Magic

Boy and Wave Magic (Photo credit: kbowenwriter)

Waiting for me to bring them to the shore.

Hanging in spaces between destruction.

They ride along, hoping for a savior.

Mixing and mingling with everyone else.

Nodding and noting that things are changing.

So much promise, looks like a different world.

Tumbling through space, upside down and now right.

Churning and froth is clouding their vision.

The fire doesn’t burn, it’s watered down.

Smothering them to calm cries of mischief.

Order of Death, evoked through corruption.

Killers with reasons that evade the crimes.

Notorious but free, face in the mud.

Emerges dirty, hands covered in blood.

The system washes it clean, time machine.

Perpetrators that don’t serve or protect.

Perpetual shun for the ones below.

Join your brothers, terminate this system.

Let freedom ring, and chaos will prevail.

No law, no order, anarchy supreme.

Riot against anyone who matters.

So you may please yourself, expense to all.

The cost is greater, sacrifice the whole.

Until the tide brings justice, and you fall.

Loss of Reality (Bonus): Entertainment and Media

As a former journalist, I feel compelled to weigh in on the transformation in entertainment and media that I’ve seen over the past 30 years. Television has worsened, and there are reasons why I do not even watch it at home.

The devolution of journalism is a condition of bourgeois misperceptions of reality, which is why I have added this post to the “Loss of Reality” series. Journalists have become commodified in bourgeois culture to the point of self-appointed celebrity, which goes against the original purpose of the profession. Journalists (ostentatious and self-aggrandizing authors also included) are supposed to convey information. There is no inherent need outside of capital interest to provide entertainment, when a journalist’s sole purpose is to convey information. A journalist is a medium of communication for sharing information from around the world. There is no need for self-validation either by providing sources as proof of commodity. It is also a betrayal to the profession to promote one’s own books or other involved projects not directly sourced for the news at hand.

Not only do bourgeois misperceptions of reality create these journalist commodities, but they also tend to govern what they produce for the sake of consolidating capital gain. The news is information, and the widest dissemination should be given to issues that most affect public interest. There is no place for celebrity news and gossip in the news when people are suffering from unresolved issues each and every day. For those in the know, take a look around at all of the undiscussed issues that affect you or the world around you, and you will find a monstrous information gap and disconnect the from actual conditions of reality. This is caused by a valuation of product consumption rather than a prioritization based upon universality. It also contributes to why local news outlets report murder and rape disproportionately with their local occurrences that affect the population.

To the attentive reader, the transformation of news media should be a warning sign that commercialization of industry is a premise to the degradation of society. Nothing is pure, nothing is safe when capital gain and exploitation govern our culture and worsen the economic conditions for the rest of the world. Capitalism is the source of these problems and the cause of the gradual destruction of our originally moralistic society. When higher television ratings (as indicators of capital gain) become more important than information to ease the suffering of individuals throughout the world, society must be very troubled. These conditions are overlooked by the bourgeois hands that shape our culture because of the bourgeoisie’s distorted view of reality. To them, culture a means of whitewashing human conditions of reality, which is why they permeate the discussion of topics of unimportance.

English: Newspaper "gone to the Web."

I will grant the bourgeoisie that increased media exposure due to technological advances does dilute the quality of it, but only because it has already been severely limited in scope by bourgeois pursuits of capital gain. They have also contributed to the imbalance of stories dedicated to celebrity or ‘human interest’, which were once valid forms of a feature article. Now, news media outlets focus on the commodification of the individual due to the bourgeois culture shift over the past centuries. This bourgeois understanding of culture creates economic pursuits of capital through the analysis of perceived audience demographics, which then governs news media production. Coupled with the transformation of journalists into commodities, news media subsequently becomes celebrity-based and personality-driven in order to appeal to bourgeois misperceptions of reality through promotion of the individual.

It has not been mentioned yet that the erosion of journalistic standards throughout the news business can also be attributed to competition for capital as characterized by early reporting on ‘breaking’ news. The capitalists seek to hoard any perceived source of wealth, and thus transform reporters into watch dogs of potential capital, minimizing them to stringers with little factual support or evidence in regards to breaking stories. This also minimizes even the associated journalists from being responsible for original research or fact-checking, so long as they support their company’s pursuit of capital gain. The back-page stories then become filled with celebrity updates or anything else promoting the commodification of the individual, making feature articles feel more like editorials. Finally, there is the relaxation of ethics, but that will not be discussed here due to lack of legitimate sources.

Old News - canon rebel t2i

Old News – canon rebel t2i (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

To conclude, bourgeois conditions of reality also cause the bourgeoisie to press an agenda through the abuse of news media. They help to saturate culture with the ideals of the bourgeoisie, ultimately seeking the recruitment of the petty-bourgeoisie as safeguards against the usurpation of the status quo. They utilize news media ‘white space’ to push editorials and feature articles that seek to perpetuate the false notions adhered to by the bourgeoisie and the petty-bourgeoisie. These stories are not event-driven, but serve rather as the imbuement of bourgeois culture. They cover primarily faux economic ideals and legal standards, and even go so far as to pretend an interest in reformist issues such as bourgeois political corruption or immorality in order to satiate the unknowing (reformist) proletariat.  Finally, the bourgeois also perhaps unknowingly share their fear of change through a culture of media fearfulness.

Breadwinner

Have some bread, but don’t take it from others.

The Day After Election Day

The Day After Election Day (Photo credit: Daveblog)

Rip it to pieces and pass it around.

Until it feeds every human being.

None has more worth than you, none more precious.

Yet each and every one valued, worthy.

So long as they can reproduce greatness.

Competence for all, allow death for some.

Balance the force. Proficient, hard-working.

Deny exploitation. Punish the cruel.

World without limitations. Share the means.

Forever we have fought. Now we shall reign.

The privileged will suffer stolen crowns.

Inverted to pierce their ignorant minds.

Fear us not, usurpers of justice.

You will receive reward without delay.

Groveling, sniveling, we matter now.

The question has been answered. We know why.

There is a clear path. Follow the mountain.

Beat off those who would snatch at your pockets.

Lazy, quick answer. Corruption denied.

The peak exceeds the plateau. Pinnacle.

They will praise us for ages. Advancement.

The time comes, and progress is not withheld.

A more perfect world that we have released.

Come join the movement. Help us slay the beast.

Parasitism and Suicide

It should come as no surprise to a student of historical materialism that societal recognition of suicide came with the dawn of the Age of Imperialism. In fact, English law first began to address suicide just as the British Empire began to expand its military campaigns into Africa. This parallel development serves as an indicator of the unhurried development of parasitism during the beginning stages of imperialism. Suicide is a cultural phenomenon that is a result of an exploitive culture. There is no cure for it other than the destruction of the system that allows it to prevail within society.

We all understand, through various experiences, that being a teenager is an emotionally tumultuous time in anybody’s life. It is well within comprehension that teenagers would be more prone to suicide attempts than other demographic categories. However, suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 15-34, and increasing across all age groups, serving as an indicator that there is a psychological imbalance within such societies, which is only proliferated by capitalist culture. These numbers are heavily disproportionate to intuitive reasoning for the leading causes of death.

English: A chart of the most common methods of...

The growth of parasitic culture within a capitalist society intensifies abnormal social relations to the point of abuse by creditors and debtors alike. This is one explanation of the exponential increase in suicide rates in recent years. Abnormal social relations combined with the exploitation of natural competitiveness causes severe marginalization within capitalist culture and is why symptoms of depression are particularly problematic for individuals within these cultures. There are a host of other factors that contribute to suicide demographics, but they all stem from the existence of capitalism.

All of the recent school shootings can be attributed to the growth of a parasitic economy, especially with the economic stranglehold seen in bourgeois and petty-bourgeois regions where these shootings occur. It is ironic and a tell-tale sign that the same system that creates a culture of privilege actually does more psychological damage to the privileged than to disadvantaged people. Cases in point are the numerous school shootings in bourgeois neighborhoods, and the lack of similar massacres in proletarian communities.

The capitalist solution of course is to exploit the victims of suicide, creating monopolies on products that never reach the root causes of our problems, but seek to provide cyclical remediation of placebos. There are innumerable drug treatments for any type of imagined neurochemical imbalances or ailments. There is also therapy, an exploitive industry that grew from a lack of normal social relations and the increasing inability for face-to-face social interactions. Finally, there are hotlines to prevent suicide, but nothing to remedy the societal conditions that are so severe as to make a significant portion of the population feel as though non-existence is a viable alternative to struggle.

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.

Critical notes

Crime and punishment

  • Prisoners are seen as cruel individuals rather than a culmination of society’s wrongs against them. They are victims, they exist not to be punished as individuals, but to highlight a need for change in specific aspects of society. Unfortunately, the underlying cause here is capitalism, the system we have yet to change.
    English: A 1911 Industrial Worker (IWW newspap...

Skilled trades

  • The worker develops skills as an individual that cheapen his labor because of the concurrent development of the same skills by other workers, who then compete against each other. The variable for the capitalist becomes the degree of perfection of that skill. For the socialist, it is rather the complementary experiences that bring new perspective and create additional capabilities that enhance the whole of the industry and society by effect.
  • The individual laborer, the worker, has received the cultural mandate from a capitalist society that he must focus on himself as an individual, ignoring or competing against other individuals for the scraps the capitalist is willing to throw for the worker’s undervalued labor.

Social relations

  • This individualism creates a false rift between otherwise humanly social individuals in need of others by nature for their complete and complementary functions.
  • The unnatural institution of marriage, a capitalist replacement for the lack of humanly necessary social activity in society, becomes the norm though it conflicts namely with the male instinct for mass reproduction when he is not exerting for the labor of his true love, his profession.

Commodities

  • Commodities and money. Capitalism creates in society a fetishism of commodities. Humans no longer define themselves by their lives and experiences, but attempt to translate them into a perverse form of commodity for the sole purpose of exchange on the market. Members of a capitalist society become less and less human as they learn to define themselves by what can be exploited by the capitalist, the owner of the means of production.
  • This has psychological ramifications as well, too numerous for summary here by an unlicensed psychoanalyst. One major factor is the loss of genuine social interactions that become defined by the fetishism of commodities and subsequently are transformed into market interactions that mimic the purchase and sale of commodity. No longer is there sincerity or interest in another’s life through empathy, but rather the aspiring capitalist seeks such interactions in order to constantly assess and reassess the exchange value of his own commodities.
  • The production of commodities in itself is not harmful. It is indeed necessary. However, the limitation of a commodity should be its use-value, for when we attempt to define its exchange-value we become an agent of exploitation, seeking harm for others in order that we may benefit ourselves. The capitalists refer to this as ‘necessary competition’, which they treacherously assert is the harmless driving force of human progress.

Advancement

  • Human progress is in fact hindered by a capitalist society by the cheapening of the quality of labor as results from competition and a lack of a shared goal. Intellectual contributions are withheld or simply overridden when there is not conceived to be an exchange-value of benefit to its producer or owner.
  • The laborer continues to undersell himself. While the capitalist is able to produce products of an arbitrary yet competitively set value, the true value of the products he produces are the investment of the worker, yet the worker receives disproportionate meager wages for the products he creates. The capitalist increases his capital through the exploitation of the worker.

Capital

Forbidden enjoyment. The wicked rule.

Carve their faces like they carved up the land.

To each his only. Desolate, alone.

Praying to the gods while prey steals your bread.

Lesser men corrupt and evil. They lie.

Furthermore becomes nothingness. Lost time.

Arts and leisure transferred into money.

Greedy stomping tantrum devils, I swear.

Bathe the filthy with hands unclean and dry.

A demon possessed with more sense than them.

Exploit the pieces spilled on the sidewalk.

Collect them up, see what new money makes.

Game of capital, the players are dead.

English: Surpluses (and deadweight loss) creat...

Forgotten unwants come back and they haunt.

Fearless, unrelenting creatures of sin.

Excess to explode, and nothing within.

Heartless, soulless, empty vessels of weird.

Peculiar habits, innocents not claimed.

The forethought recognized, not taken back.

Had it all, want more, forget consequence.

Suffering unseen, eyes don’t remember.

Interpretation of pain, nothing lost.

The hold, the grip, it strangles us today.

My neck, just slip, let it all go away.

Tears are cried, but there is nobody there.

not to be

I choose not to be. That is my answer.

I don’t want to exist. This is your world.

Make me invisible. Let me escape.

No haunting or roaming, please. Free my soul.

Desires, insatiable. Inside.

The cruelty, suffering, and pain. Outside.

A world eternal prolongs death and rest.

Slain angels, demons, gods, litter the path.

Reality imposed by the false ones.

The owners, holders, purveyors of slaves.

Scars of a whipped slave (April 2, 1863, Baton...

Envisioned, unreal, many stayed silent.

Release my chains with a noose or the chair.

Misbegotten wants, I shall not falter.

Freedom attained, a merciful offer.

No charges, obligations, hopes, or dreams.

A lazy death for an unlovely life.

Petitions, happenings, all reactive.

Where are the wars of southern aggression?

Have the fighters been slain, given up hope?

Hoarded privilege, empires of self.

Loyal, betrayed, forgotten, surrendered.

More forlorn hope, the last to give it up.

The savior unworshipped, labeled as cruel.

Fraudulent masses, the rule of stupid.

Vision and changes. Everything denied.