Injustice And The Capitalist Way: We’re On The Highway To Hell—
Don’t Stop Us!
30 December, 2007
“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.
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.
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
ridiculous as it is, many amongst the poor and working class in the
United States (a group which comprises about 80% 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
the cynical and ruthless ruling elite of the United States and the “Axis
of Good” accomplished this seemingly impossible feat?
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 socioeconomic
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!
the superb agitprop techniques developed by 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?
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.
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 brain-washed into complacency
and complicity to the extent that with respect to the illegal occupation,
we are flag wavers, indifferent by-standers, 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.”
Miller is a recovering US American middle class suburbanite
who strives to remain intellectually free. He is Cyrano’s Journal
Online’s associate editor (http://www.bestcyrano.org/)
and publishes Thomas Paine’s Corner within Cyrano’s at http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/.
You can reach him at JMiller@bestcyrano.com
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