Socialism, Parasitism, Psychosis

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The hands of time do not allow us the luxury of hindsight, else we would see our truths become realizations and our misgivings left by the wayside. There are far brighter minds than my own who predicted the future but never lived to revel in such glory. These men were thinkers of their time, some of them actors as well. They understood the world and it systems, and left us with the half-assembled pieces of the puzzle. New developments shed new light on their theories, and I wish to reaffirm here their verified correctness. The development of capitalism has proceeded along a certain path, and the purpose here is to highlight three stages: socialism, parasitism and psychosis.

Many men pick apart the ideas of Marxism, though the detractors tend to be largely unread. The ideas were the purveyors of future men of action, though this first elaboration came not from man but from Rosa Luxemburg. The idea to highlight from “Reform or Revolution” is the first stage discussed here, that of revolutionary socialism:

In the manner of revisionism…the labour movement finds itself reduced to a simple co-operative and reformist movement. We move here in a straight line toward the total abandonment of the class viewpoint.

With this she emphasizes the futility of reform in achieving the victory of the proletariat over the bourgeoisie. We can see the flaws of ignoring Luxemburg’s militancy today. In Panama, “I don’t like communism” Torrijistas from the Partido Revolucionario Democratico continue to be pushed out of power yet are studious enough to note the declining economic and social conditions in the country. Panama has a service-based economy, and has grown more bourgeois than PRD politicians would like to admit. The same trouble from reform has been seen in Libya, where privatization of the economy laid the groundwork for foreign agents to incite a movement and an unfortunate revolution against a well-intentioned man. The utter disrespect shown to such a brother made me sick to my stomach, and serves as a bitter lesson learned in the case against reform. And there are more. Salvador Allende‘s attempts to reconcile with Chilean Parliament led to Allende’s death during a military coup d’etat. West Germany’s pollution of the Eastern Front preceding the end of the Cold War is why the majority of Eastern Germans feel life [was] better under communism. Finally, right in America’s back yard, the bourgeois Mexican government has been catering to the United States as their PRD shrinks into a minority coalition.

The second development of capitalism was seen by none other than one of our few successful revolutionaries, Vladimir Lenin. His ideas of imperialism being the next significant stage of capitalism were put forth early, and had he been later in the historical timeline he might have instead further developed his premonition of parasitism as the actual identifying feature of the stage he called imperialism. Parasitism is quite a simple concept for those comfortable with analogies:

the gigantic peril of a Western parasitism, a group of advanced industrial nations, whose upper classes drew vast tribute from Asia and Africa, with which they supported great tame masses of retainers, no longer engaged in the staple industries of agriculture and manufacture, but kept in the performance of personal or minor industrial services under the control of a new financial aristocracy.

Even the youngest student of economics can see parallels today, drawing to mind almost immediately the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization thousands of years before Christianity, home to the world’s oldest writing system, the first and subsequent law codes, and the initial appearance of wheeled vehicles. Baghdad was once the largest city in the world, thriving and prosperous for hundreds of years before the British parasites latched on and divided the country for exploitation using their methods taken from the African continent. Afghanistan was different, the ‘Graveyard of Empires’, full of hardy people who have largely resisted parasitic exploitation throughout their history, apparently wanting nothing more than just to be left alone. We shall see what comes following the U.S. troop withdrawal that will hopefully show again a history of not succumbing to parasites. Haitians have not been so lucky, living next door to the giant parasite that is the United States. As interfering neighbors, the United States has not once, twice, but thrice returned the corrupt Jean-Bertrand Aristide to impoverished Haiti as a puppet president and agent of exploitation, only to be overthrown and exiled back to the U.S. each time. Finally, parasitism is also prevalent in the Philippines, where the United States intervened on account of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and of course the latter’s 2,700 pairs of shoes, only to see the couple overthrown by a successful populist movement. The Philippines of today is rife with exploitation, leading its southeast Asian peninsula in sexual exploitation and abuse, vying closely with Thailand.

Now we see a new development in capitalism rising steadily, that of psychosis. The term is used for its minutiae of definitions, most notably the “loss of contact with reality,” characterizing the cultural hegemony of the bourgeoisie and their resulting misrepresentations of reality. Allowing that social disorders are inherently developed through abnormal social relations in a capitalist culture, the numbers do not lie:

Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.

Allow there to be an assumption made here that the reader having internet access indicates bourgeois presence. Have you interacted with at least four people today? Well, according to the statistics, one of them has a mental disorder. This is a grave matter, and it is why psychosis seems likely to be the next stage in capitalist development. Only history will absolve me if this is indeed the case. Please forgive my lack of zeal. I have identified a problem, but cannot seem to puzzle out my place in its solution. Feel free to comment below with any proposals. Perhaps the kind reader will instead find themselves in the right time and the right place to implement change.

Parallel Universe

It is not so. You do not know the truth.

You cannot tell us who is right or wrong.

We know the answers. You dare to question?

Perception of reality is skewed.

We don’t live in your imagination.

It is more than a figment, a whole thing.

We curse your existence and your closed eyes.

We are not make-believe. You can’t pretend.

Our fantasy worlds don’t exist like yours.

We reject that you want to buy our world.

Position of wealth, haughty, unfulfilled.

Hold your head up high and expose your throat.

Habits of privilege that we can’t deny.

Undeveloped potential, withering.

Living in homes, with families, having friends.

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Not knowing what the meaning of ‘work’ is.

We hope your daughter marries a pauper.

Her morals decay, now you feel threatened.

A worthless heiress, mindless and carefree.

What a shame she never built character.

Fickle, lacks purpose, she’ll waste your money.

Watch your fortune dwindle before she dies.

You were self-important, yet showed no strengths.

Exclusive life, framed until it shattered.

You are afraid to be yourself, come change.

Utopian

The vision is all I have ever known.

New Harmony, a utopian attempt; depicted as pr...

A murky destiny pivots with change.

Pray that the clouds don’t roil and cover.

Our future, once promised, so far denied.

“It can’t happen, you’re too optimistic.”

Naysayers who don’t suffer at their hands.

The slave owners who would justify it.

Narcissistic faggots who fuck and breed.

Yourselves so pretty, dirtying others.

There’s no shame, only blame, disconnected.

Vile shifts of responsibility.

You’ve done enough. Time for the hose to spray.

Lay you down, the pressure becomes too much.

You respond to reason and honesty.

The way forward is revealed and clearer.

Nothing becomes of the past that could be.

Because we’ve changed history with action.

Do you now see the potential for change?

Your ominous sights proposed to preserve.

Indignant men who understand nothing.

Locked out of the gene pool, no more swimming.

The molds and shapes of man must be kept clean.

Confident because we feel empathy.

Tired of brothers being pushed around.

I will crush your place with my crystal balls.

Analyzing the possibility of war against the United States

History.

The United States of America was declared an independent nation more than 200 years ago. During that relatively short period of time in history it has struggled through problems small and large, internal and external. It has triumphed over adversity, championed the individual, and has risen to prominence on the world stage. It has a storied history to be sure, but one tainted by an unforgiveable economic system. This system is one that perpetuates racism, violent crime, and anti-social behavior. It economically validates and encourages wars fought in support of land usurpation, slavery, and the perpetual existence of criminal elements within society. Worse yet, it encourages the growth of economic disparity throughout the world and exploits the impoverished. Eventually, though, all those who have been transgressed will see no other opportunity than to strike against the system that has wronged them. That becomes the possibility of war against the United States.

Expropriation of property in land.

The genocide of the Native American population by Andrew Jackson and the United States government can be epitomized by the Indian Removal Act signed into law in 1830. The most characteristic event resulting from this law is the Trail of Tears, where 4,000 Cherokees were killed during a forced march in the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, genocide has dwindled away the Native American population. That, combined with the segregation, isolation, and appeasement of the once-great civilized tribes, realistically prevents any reclamation of previously utilized lands. Certainly intended as an unapologetic land grab, the United States continues to support imperialist policy by enabling private ownership of the equivalent of small countries or multiple U.S. states. The landowners who have acquired these lands with the blessing of the federal government must be reminded that such claims of ownership are illegitimate. Colorado is one state where a concentration of wealth resides with white people who have directly or indirectly profited from the sale of bloody lands. Specifically, Douglas County, CO is a county of wealthy commuters that has a 93% white population, and less than 2% black, asian, or native populations. The recent movie theater shooting at the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises occurred here, showcasing a discontented population that could be utilized to create a “County of Tears” for white people to be taught the history that their privileged lives grew from, striking back at symbolic and actual landowners in the United States who stole land.

Graduated taxation.

Public services are generally under-utilized in the United States, a result of social isolation stemming from commodity production and individualism. The funds that provide these services, however, remain taken from the people regardless of whether or not they use the service. Taxes are something that the economic reformists often address from a philosophical perspective. American culture has such an individualized culture that even the concept of taxes is lost on people only concerned with how taxes affect them as individuals. Many people do not understand what their taxes pay for, and identify the issue of taxation from an equality perspective, as a class struggle between the poor and the rich. The owners of companies that seek to maximize capital and avoid paying for public services could in fact provide them at a reduced cost to the whole, but that is surely not their interest. Companies with off-shore accounts to relieve their personal tax burden place an even heavier burden upon those without the means to do so, in effect causing a relative percentage hike for those with lower incomes. That is why such accounts could be targeted to bring equilibrium to taxation and spread taxation more considerately around the nation.

Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Under the current economic system of the United States, all men and women are not created equal. Individuals are born expected to become producers of commodities, unskilled laborers. Only an accumulation of capital can change that fate, and when the owners of the means of production already have an exclusive stranglehold on capital, such ambitions often fall by the wayside. Not for the privileged, though, not for the hoarders of capital. The children of the wealthy are born with the same lack of skills needing development for the production of commodities. The difference between the privileged and the under-privileged then becomes two-fold. First, the privileged have increased opportunities to be able to invest in developing their skilled labor. Second, they have an accumulation of capital already stored should they carry on their familial legacies of exploiting unskilled laborers. These individual capitalists have no skills to attribute their continued accumulation of capital and are worthless to society not because they are unskilled, but also because they exploit the poor. The Walton family was started by Sam Walton, but two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two nieces continue to disadvantage others and accumulate capital. Fred C. Koch had four sons that have fought each other viciously over their father’s accumulated wealth. Frank Mars has three children who inherited lessons in chocolate-making from their great-grandmother. It would be a mistake to allow these people to continue to accumulate capital at the expense of the exploitation of other capable human beings. These people could be targeting not for kidnapping or ransom, but instead to eliminate them to show their insignificance and lack of positive contribution to our shared world.

Confiscation of the property of all emigrants.

Companies that outsource, exploiting labor abroad, are even more gruesome than their nationalist counterparts. Documents seized from members of the LeT terrorist group reveal plans to carry out suicide attacks on software companies in India that engage in this act. Similar efforts could also be made against the stateside corporate headquarters of these outsourcing companies to speed their demise. Such companies could be targeted with prejudice stateside since there are minimal repercussions to the exploited workers employed abroad. Operational headquarters for companies like the Accenture consulting firm in Chicago or IBM in New York could be targeted as symbolically selected targets with little collateral damage from exploited workers, since many of them are employed outside of the United States away from their operational headquarters.

Credit.

The national deficit is a concern only for the current economic system. Invisible money, credit, and the likes of those commodities that do not actually exist in this world are the concern of the bourgeoisie. Even physical money as a commodity becomes irrelevant following a transitioned economy. Yet since these commodities, invisible and marginal alike, are important to defining the bourgeoisie to each other by defining their purchasing power, their ability to invest capital, they become symbols of the need for transition to a better economic system. Luckily, there are banking institutions that serve as real-world symbols that could be attacked to inflict moral and actual damage to the commodities hoarded by individuals. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, among others are high priority targets that could deny the purchasing power of individuals to exploit workers, as well as indicate to the rest of the population that these institutions are vulnerable. Whether action taken is physical damage to the facility and it supplies of inanimate objects representing accumulated capital, or if it is simply computer-based hacking that siphons or denies accounts is irrelevant. The main objective would be to target these locations to implicate the bourgeoisie and show that they and their possessions are no longer safe to exploit this world.

Communication.

Imagine the sheer terror that would break out should Americans be unable to utilize their cellular phones. It would force face-to-face interactions, a social skill lacking as generations become increasingly anti-social as a result of the commodification of the individual. They would be unable to play games to distract them from lackluster lives, unable to have private conversations with their closed circles of friends. They would have to meet new people and socialize. It would be chaos. That is why wireless telecommunications service providers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint could be targeted to disrupt the population’s refuge from the exploitation so many face. The towers especially would make ideal targets, as simple structures not regularly monitored by security and providing minimal collateral damage.

Transport.

One would of course be remiss to fail to mention the economic impact of one of the most culturally significant occurrences in the United States in recent times, the September 11 attacks. Even with increased reactionary security measures, it becomes a daunting task to monitor and screen each individual for possible terrorist actions prior to boarding an aircraft. Racial profiling as an attempt to narrow the odds of preventing such acts actually serves as an enabler for terrorist activity aboard aircraft. While security personnel focus their efforts on a targeted population, the races less suspected are free to carry out whichever act they intend with little hindrance other than 100% security checks. Creating increased security concerns creates enough of an economic impact alone, but carrying out attacks on board and using aircraft can focus on a largely bourgeois portion of the population. The large population of businessmen traveling abroad to spread exploitation could be targets.

Factories.

There must be some respect paid to the original inspiration for the concept of the exploitation of the laborer, the factory system. First identified as the materialization of the exploitation of labor, the factory system represents a realization of the means of production unable to be seized upon by the worker, who is instead relegated to unskilled labor. The unskilled laborer then drives down the cost of labor because of increased competition, leading to exponential growth of capital at the expense of the worker. Exploitation has transformed and been multiplied since the industrial age, and it is more than just the factory worker who suffers at the hands of the greedy. In order for a representation of the transition of the current economy to be shown, factory workers could seize the means of production and create a temporary worker’s haven for symbolic purposes. This would be one piece for the transition of the economy.

Insider Threat.

Espionage could help undermine the economy. According to the latest economic espionage report to Congress from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, although foreign collectors will remain interested in all aspects of U.S. economic activity and technology, they’re probably most interested in the following areas:

-Information and communications technology, which form the backbone of nearly every other technology;

-Business information that pertains to supplies of scarce natural resources or that provides global actors an edge in negotiations with U.S. businesses or the U.S. government;

-Military technologies, particular marine systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other aerospace/aeronautic technologies; and

-Civilian and dual-use technologies in fast-growing sectors like clean energy, health care/pharmaceuticals, and agricultural technology.

Transition of the economy cannot be expected to occur if there is no encouragement of revealed inefficiencies and assistance to other, possibly weaker economies. Such action can be funded from abroad, but ownership must eventually be taken by internal groups in order to effectively show the need for a transitioned economy. It is in the interest of the most impoverished that the more fortunate are obliged to fight to expose their own economy’s faults. The successful transition to a new economy will then benefit everyone.

Coalition(s) of the Exploited.

Enemies of The United States of America

What follows is a depiction of two possible scenarios in which a coalition is formed in order to intervene in the status quo’s stranglehold on the world economy. Highly idealistic and logistically demanding, they are intended to be depictions of possible allies against an exploitive economic system rather than an actual proposed plan.

First is a depiction based on historical relations and interventions ordered for self-serving economic interests and to ensure compliance with an economy based on exploitation. It shows a coalition comprised of those nations invaded throughout the entire history of the United States. The national targets are based on equivalent populations for economy of force.

City Country City State
Panama City Panama to Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Managua Nicaragua to Miami Florida
Shanghai China to San Francisco California
Tegucigalpa Honduras to Gainesville Florida
Havana Cuba to Mobile Alabama
Baghdad Iraq to (State) Maryland
Tehran Iran to Los Angeles California
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic to New York New York
Port-au-Prince Haiti to Miami Florida
Tripoli Libya to Tampa Florida
Manila Philippines to Maui Hawaii
Belgrade Serbia to Chicago Illinois
Guatemala City Guatemala to Hollywood Florida
Seoul Korea to San Francisco California
Monrovia Liberia to Dayton Ohio
Sana’a Yemen to (State) Maryland

 

The second depiction is based on the currently assessed threat environment to the United States and its political and economic interests. The national targets are based upon cargo volume at U.S. ports. This depiction can also be an alternate reading of the first.

City ST Ocean Country
Hampton Roads VA Atlantic Iran
Tampa FL Atlantic Burma
Baltimore MD Atlantic Iraq
Paulsboro NJ Atlantic Sudan
Portland ME Atlantic Afghanistan
Savannah GA Atlantic Yemen
Boston MA Atlantic Syria
Charleston SC Atlantic Belarus
New Haven CT Atlantic Kosovo
Providence RI Atlantic Libya
New Castle DE Atlantic Laos
Wilmington NC Atlantic Palestine
Albany NY Atlantic Bosnia
Portsmouth NH Atlantic
LaPlace LA Caribbean Venezuela
Houston TX Caribbean Cuba
Mobile AL Caribbean Haiti
Pascagoula MS Caribbean
Long Beach CA Pacific China
Valdez AK Pacific Vietnam
Portland OR Pacific North Korea
Tacoma WA Pacific Cambodia
Honolulu HI Pacific Papua New Guinea

Conclusion.

This document is formally intended as a depiction of possible threats to the United States, its current economic system, and the level of privilege of the status quo. Informally, it is intended to serve as a suggestive reminder of the attainable power of change and the ability of people to institute more than just reform.