The deep philosophy of capitalism.
There is a reason why we dread Mondays. And it is not just because of the bad coffee in the pantry.
Under the capitalist condition, workers lose autonomy, and inevitably lose control of their lives. Under pre-capitalist conditions, a shoemaker would determine his own working conditions, have creative control over his own craft, close shop when his child has her first recital. The relationships one maintain at the workplace is more personal and meaningful.
Today, workers are replaceable cogs involved in a chain of impersonal relationships. Under supervision of “the management” - in turn managed by the powers that be - workers essentially have no control over the process of production. As a consequence they become estranged from human nature.
An absolute monarchy puts a limits to autonomy by controlling people through webs of politics and wealth. Capitalism limits autonomy by controlling our economic life, at the workplace and beyond. It is so bleak, we really do need some fancy posters to help us relieve our stress.
Filed under: Marx’s theory of alienation
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I don’t think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us. Unless you live in a pod. But then there is a chance… there is something to do. Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that’s not the way any more.
We don’t pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution. The revolution is really easy to do these days. What’s the system? The system is built on the power of the banks. So it must be destroyed through the banks.
This means that the three million people with their placards on the streets, they go to the bank and they withdraw their money and the banks collapse. Three million, 10 million people, and the banks collapse and there is no real threat. A real revolution.
We must go to the bank. In this case there would be a real revolution. It’s not complicated; instead of going on the streets and driving kilometres by car you simply go to the bank in your country and withdraw your money, and if there are a lot of people withdrawing their money the system collapses. No weapons, no blood, or anything like that.
It’s not complicated and in this case they will listen to us in a different way.
Subterfuge and destroy the system from within? This is a bold idea that just might work.
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