Not working -- contrary to popular belief is not idleness and “not working” does not cause a society to fall into ruin, but quite the opposite.
Let us look at the privileged upper classes and children of the leaders of industry and culture.
Not working creates innovation, you only have to look at the young and privileged to see this in action, those with privilege have been able to create technological advances, write books, design clothes, and compose some of our greatest music.
And they do not work --at least not how we the average person in the United States work, which is not work --but wage slavery where we don’t exchange a product or a creation for compensation, but we trade out actual bodies for a paycheck.
If you can be replaced with a Craigslist or LinkedIn listing, you are a body.
We trade our bodies, our souls and our minds so that we can have the small and minuscule privilege of not dying.
When people hear the idea of dismantling the United States’ capitalism, in their minds this translates to the disappearance of the mythical protected middle class, where you have a spouse, 2.5 children, a dog, a washer and a dryer, and a home, they speak as if this lifestyle has given them relief or that this lifestyle is even attainable in 2018.
They don’t want this system dismantled, because what they have been told is that this system is the best and if we don’t have this system that we will die in squalor.
But are we not in squalor right now?
Look around you friends, look around you right now. How many of your friends are dead? How many of you would be wiped out by a medical emergency for yourself, your partner, or your child? How many of you are wiped out right now, drifting from apartment, to apartment, to airbnb, to living in your car?
The rich aren’t slaves, they don’t do slave work, they don’t live in their cars, they don’t get tickets because their grass is too long, they don’t pay for anything, they don’t do anything they don’t want to do, and has the world ended?
Has their lives become more horrible? Or even horrible?
Why can’t you have that?
Capitalism says because you haven’t worked hard enough, you can’t have beautiful things, because you don’t deserve them.
Beauty is not created out of suffering and exploitation, you will never have anything beautiful under capitalism, because you are not rich and you will never be able to earn beauty. You will never be able to own or have or enjoy anything beautiful under capitalism if you are not rich, because you will continually be chasing the hand that pats you on the head and gives you a paycheck.
You will have to prostrate yourself daily.
“No, sir, yes sir, I will get that report in next week….”
Innovation should not just be relegated to the wealthy and neither should beauty.
The reason that I am so against capitalism is because it normalizes suffering and punishment among all, but the elite.
The principle of capitalism is that those people who are wage slaves (that is you,) do not deserve to live if they are not working for the rich, they do not deserve to eat if they are not working for the rich, they do not deserve to have freedom if they are not working for the rich, and with the bar set that low for just surviving, then of course you will never have beauty, you will never be able to have creativity.
And this brings us to what are the alternatives.
The first thing is that We need to own the means of production, because we should not have to beg to not die, I have no intention of begging for my life and because I want the same life for you as I have planned for myself, understand that no entity with INC behind its name is going to treat you with dignity.
You can not negotiate with global capitalists. Accept that fact or die in the streets, that is literally your choice.
In capitalism the place for those wage slaves who are too old to work or too disabled to work or too sick to work, is to die in the streets for not putting in their “fair share.”
Maybe you can avoid ever being injured or getting sick, but can you avoid getting old?
We all deserve to have a life where suffering is not a weekly ritual and we can have that under a system that is not solely based on creating more money for two people on the entire planet while the rest of us struggle for food and play Russian Roulette with our credit and debit cards.
We should control the economies of scale, the point of things like public transit, school, food, real estate should not be profit, but for social good, there is no excuse for horror we have going on in the United States, it is indecent and the acceptance of the indecency is a mixture of ignorance and insincerity and desperation.
The system we have is not broken, the system we have is working as it is supposed to, to break you and her and him and everyone.
Freedom is everyone’s right.
Suffering is not normal.
Even on the left many have embraced this suffering narrative, because even those with good politics have been brainwashed by imaginary gods and puritanical values that only benefit capitalists and the elite.
Your goal should be beauty, not survival, you deserve better than to just not die.
Every cocktail I drink is a revolutionary act.
Every day that I live my life as a free person, is a revolutionary act.
Start your revolution today.
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