In (late) celebration of May Day, this is a somewhat communist rant. Take it as you will.
Lately I've been leaning a bit toward anarcho-communism. Since I've been getting in touch with my communist side, I've taken a much more class-warfare sort of view of what's been going on with this economic crisis. On top of that, I've been reading various anti-work polemics
. But since I came from the anarcho-capitalist and libertarian side, I understand somewhat where that side is coming from. This has lead me to believe that the anti-bank bailout right and the anti-corporate left have more in common than either side is capable of recognizing (mostly because both sides only see a caricature of the other, just like the elite want them to).
The Tea Party people are not all crazy. They are protesting taxes, and the bailouts. We have 30% taxes before we even start - that's Social Security and Medicare. This is a kind of serfdom
. We are using this money to buy a huge military and to bail out banks. Oh, we might do a bit of symbolic bonus cutting, but they are still making mints (well, more like getting first dibs on what comes from them). From the perspective of strong capitalists, we are giving money to those that failed in business.
From the commie side, what we have is money flowing into the coffers of the barons and dukes of our age, our own elite nobility.
The problem is that the left is often blinded to how rightist populism fits in well with their own populism. A perfect example is this article
. He's going after the tea party people for supporting the rich, which as I see it is as far from the reality as possible. He is right in that there is a paradoxical identification of the lower classes with the ultra-rich, and that right wing ideologes (just like the left wing ones on TV, gee) are shills for the elite. But he gets these people wrong when he claims they are defending the bankers and other recipients of handouts. That's exactly what these people are protesting AGAINST. WTF, out of touch liberal much? In the comments section, an uptight libertarian (well, a lot of them are, to be honest) points this out and goes on an anti-bailout rant and he gets called a troll.
DO YOU NOT GET IT, THE RICH ARE LAUGHING WHILE YOU FIGHT.
So now back to the communism. The peasant mentality is not just the right or left, it's both, especially when they are so busy hating each other that they can't even see that they agree on the same damn things. They each are sucking up to one or another section of the elite, whether it's the "deserving rich" or whether it's our hallowed president. It's the same damn thing, the money is going from the masses, and that's not just the retail workers, I mean the middle class which is also getting the shaft, from you and me (either directly through taxes, or indirectly through inflation) through the government (like our senate, owned by banks
), to the banks, and to the "masters of war" - the money is going to the modern aristocrats.
Now, in honor of May Day, let's take stock of what we're left with in late stage state capitalism: we have a system where people are often expected to work very hard, often well over 40 hours a week. A huge chunk is taken in taxes, and handed to the rich, or to the war industry. Their employer takes another huge chunk and gives himself a bonus (executive pay is often more than 10x what the workers at the bottom make). We have created the greatest abundance ever known to man, and rather than eliminate homelessness (actually cheaper than paying for medical and other costs associated with letting it be), rather than cut our work weeks to 30 hours or less and spend our time creating art and music and being with our friends and family, we work overtime, often taking only one week a year off. We spend our money on trinkets or, if we're lucky and have a decent amount, on timeshares in Hawaii. Then we fight with each other while the elites pocket their tens or hundreds of millions. We create the best device in history, and can endlessly duplicate any information, with the possibility of spreading knowledge and culture across the globe, and we stifle it with copyrights and patents. We have created new, international organizations that are kingdoms in themselves (about half of the world's largest economic entities are corporations, the other half countries), we work MORE than serfs did (they had many holidays, didn't work after 6, etc), have more of it taken from us, and we call ourselves free?