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.
- Sociopathic Society Series: Violence, Race and Selective Sentimentality (redsociology.com)