We �Free World� capitalistic Westerners are a loathsome lot
-- or to put it more crudely, we suck.
When one considers how degenerate we are from a collective
standpoint, it is difficult to suppress intense feelings of disgust and
contempt. There are many layers to our repugnant, depraved, and �beloved�
capitalism, a socioeconomic system which ultimately furnishes the members of
its upper echelon with de facto licenses to exploit, plunder, and murder with
impunity. Problem is that as one peels back each successive layer hoping to
find some purity, one finds a more profound rot.
We have fouled our own environment to the point that
recovery and renewal may be impossible; we eradicate non-human animals at an
estimated rate of 100 species per day; we slaughter millions upon millions of
human beings in wars of imperial aggression driven by capitalism�s insatiable demand
for resources and market expansion; we torture and slaughter billions of
non-human animals to please our palates; and we insist upon imposing a system
of infinite demand upon an all too finite planet.
Yet, despite our multi-century �bender� and its obvious
consequences, and despite the rational, egalitarian, just, and sustainable
alternative which sprung from the minds of Marx and Engels (along with
countless others who have contributed to the evolution of their brainchild), we
cling to an abomination whose chief benefactors (the ruling class and their
sycophantic propagandists in the mainstream media) deserve to be publicly
flogged and then imprisoned in the gulag they devised to control the lower
classes and black population.
Our collective selfishness, self-absorption, narcissism,
greed, and mean-spiritedness are psychic malformations wrought by the wretched
systemic exploitation we hold so dear to our withered, Grinch-like hearts. Smug
and self-satisfied in our deeply rooted belief in the idiocy that despicable
character traits like greed and selfishness can be harnessed in such a way that
they provide virtuous means to benevolent ends, we revel in the delusion that
the tremendous effort necessary to nurture the human spirit is a waste of time.
The uglier and coarser we become on the inside, the greater our likelihood of
achieving �success� by the standards of our soul-murdering society. Our worship
of a man like Donald Trump as a cultural icon demonstrates how spiritually
perverse we have become.
Apologists argue that �true capitalism� doesn�t exist
because we have a �mixed economy.� It isn�t enough that one of the most
affluent societies in history has 3.5 million homeless human beings, 46 million
people without a viable means to attain proper healthcare, deteriorating public
infrastructures, a wealth gap that would prick the consciences of the Robber
Barons, larcenous CEO compensation, economic apartheid, and trillions of
dollars of public money devoted to funding a murderous military machine that
serves to ensure that our bourgeois parasites have uninterrupted access to the
resources and markets they crave.
According to wild-eyed libertarians and our blood-sucking
plutocracy, we still need to root out the �socialist� elements that are
contaminating our �sacred� free market. You know, that �free market� that
inflicted abject misery upon the masses in the United States during the Gilded
Age, throughout South America under the tutelage of the human pile of feces
known as Milton Friedman (may Satan torment his soul), and in present day
China. The excesses, irrationalities, and corrupt nature of capitalism are
destroying the world. So let�s implement a more extreme form. What a brilliant
As transparently ridiculous as it is, many amongst the poor
and working class in the United States (a group which comprises about 80
percent of the population) continue to pledge their undying allegiance to a
system in which they are merely cogs and cannon fodder serving at the pleasure
of their opulent masters.
How have the cynical and ruthless ruling elite of the United
States and the �Axis of Good� accomplished this seemingly impossible feat?
In breathtakingly simple fashion. Battering their
�inferiors� with a dizzying array of cleverly crafted psychological assaults
from cradle to grave, the plutocracy maintains the mass delusion that a system
that exploits and impoverishes a majority of the population, rapes the Earth,
and necessitates endless resource wars represents the pinnacle of our
Many of us suffer from such a deeply fractured (or perhaps
butchered) consciousness that even when presented with a humane and sane
alternative to the malevolent insanity of capitalism, we still rally to the
cause of our bourgeois oppressors. What �patriotic American� isn�t on board
with vilifying, blockading, crippling, �regime-changing,� and even invading
nearly any nation that dares to implement a system that even remotely resembles
socialism, Marxism, or worst of all, Communism? Uh-oh! Hugo Chavez�s social
uplift programs are threatening the interests of the millionaires and
billionaires of Venezuela (wretched people who have been fucking the poor of
their nation for many years). Hurry! Everybody in the United States who is poor
or working class! Let�s rush to side with the wealthy elite and support
US-sponsored efforts to undermine and depose Chavez!
Deftly applying the superb agitprop techniques developed by
Edward Bernays, armies of advertisers, public relations �experts,�
government-funded researchers, pundits, talk show hosts, �journalists,� and
academics whore for the system to ensure that the masses remain in a perpetual
state of moral delusion. How else could they hope to sustain a system that
contradicts nearly every decent and humane instinct a human being possesses?
Consider that in the upside-down world the �keepers of the
capitalist faith� have contrived, many vices and despicable human traits have
been elevated to the status of virtue. Selfishness, avarice, ego,
self-absorption, narcissism, careerism, winning at all costs, crushing the
competition, the ruthless pursuit of profit, and gluttonous consumption are
�all in a day�s work� for the good little capitalists of America. Even those
who have broken free of their indoctrination and recognize the depravity of
enshrining infantile, mean-spirited, and cruel behavior have little choice but
to practice it in some instances simply to survive in our reprehensible �dog
eat dog� environment.
Given that the Ministry of Truth can convert vice into
virtue, it doesn�t take a tremendous mental leap to conclude they can also do
the opposite. In adhering to the insidious indoctrination they provide, we are
robbed of experiencing the full spectrum of our humanity because we have been
trained to trivialize the aspects of ourselves that would pose a significant
threat to the filthy status quo. Imagine the problems a large contingent of
people of conscience would present to the sociopaths who routinely wield their
immense economic power to engage in wholesale terrorism (i.e. the Iraqi
genocide that began with the Gulf War, perpetuated with Clinton�s merciless
economic sanctions, and continues to this very moment via the Bush Regime�s
Nuremberg class war crimes). Thankfully for these soulless shells posing as
human beings, most of the us in the United States have been bribed and
brainwashed into complacency and complicity to the extent that with respect to
the illegal occupation, we are flag wavers, indifferent bystanders, or
protesters essentially rendered impotent by the overwhelming resources and
might of the ruling class. Tragically, Bush and his ilk will probably never
receive the trials and hangings they so richly deserve.
As we busy ourselves compulsively pursuing the acquisition
of material possessions, looking out for number one, vying for promotions,
building and preserving our egos, and gorging on the latest brain candy the
mainstream media is peddling, who wants to �endure the agony� of engaging in
introspection, thinking critically, educating oneself, acting on one�s
conscience, empathizing, or pursuing a principled existence? Giving a damn
isn�t worth the trouble when we can simply swallow the lies, take the bribes,
and let the rest of the human and non-human animals of the world pay our outrageous
bills (using their pain and blood as currency).
But we do need to realize that our path to hell isn�t paved
with good intentions; we are racing along a road to perdition comprised of
suffering, subjugation, oppression, theft, destruction, and wholesale murder.
We are riding alongside Angus and Malcolm Young on the
�Highway to Hell.�
Jason Miller is a recovering US American middle class
suburbanite who strives to remain intellectually free. He is Cyrano�s Journal Online�s associate
editor and publishes Thomas
Paine�s Corner within Cyrano�s. You can reach him at JMiller@bestcyrano.com.