Subtitle: The Body Of An Email Never Sent?
Exchanges with an old friend about the system we all must live in is getting brighter and brighter, dear worst-reader. Or maybe not. After attempting to part a few worst-words about Marx to my old friend who believes with all his heart that capitalism is alive and well, I started this response. My old friend seems to think that there is an underlying dynamic in capitalism I fail to grasp/understand because I never ran a business, I think economics is pseudo-science at best, and have not really participated in this system since the turn of the century. My first response is usually something like…
…I’ve never climbed Mt. Everest but I know it’s the highest mountain.
All platitudes aside.
The problem that I’m actually having with communicating with my old friend is not really about who knows this or who knows that (about whatever) but instead he has chosen a life of early retirement that is a rival to mine. I do not like rivalry. Where I married well and that enabled my early retirement, he worked his ass off as a retailer only so that he could finally sell his business and then live off of real-estate investments–indeed the modern #Americant dream. All in all, he’s an achieved fellow to my worst-writing lack of publication (other than this blog). On top of that my old friend is a hobby, armchair, maniacal economist who, like I said before, thinks the world economy is fine as long as you understand economics.
All I can say in response is: fcuk economics!
And here’s my latest response.
The only “underlying dynamics at play” is corruption and profitable manipulated ignorance on a mass scale. Corruption, cheating, status-quo and downright reactionary ignorance are truly the only things going on in our life-time. With that in mind, there doesn’t need to be a new Marx because the old one has never been tried in the first place. The reason for that is simple. If Marx’s theory would be somehow used then almost all holders of today’s wealth would have no say in the economy or politics. The reason for that wouldn’t be because the rich are evil but instead because the rich today are UN-EARNERS. Most of the richest people in the world today have their wealth because they have been able to wield a corrupt and bankrupt system that has been enabled post FDR, post 1970s. The old economy rules the $hitshow, dude. Anyone who derives so much wealth from the stock market, considering the state of the so-called economy and how labour has been transferred over the past three decades of globalisation, for example Warren Buffet, does so not because of any great productive ability but instead because he is able to play the system–which is ultimately the opposite of productive. It is a silly game considering how so many very capable people can have so little because they do not wish to play (this game). That you associate this in anyway with freedom is mind boggling to me—but understandable considering the world you grew up in or even worked in and are obviously dependent upon. By-the-buy. Communist states and dictatorships have hijacked Marx’s political theory to their own personal, group-think gain. This is starting to include the US. The ignorant masses—mostly lead by middle and upper-middle class morons who live for consumption—have yielded ALL political power to the un-earned rich. The irony here is that because of a Dollar Dictatorship, America is run by a politburo hegemony of war mongers and cheats—that simply enable those that ONLY inherit or game the system. It has never been more true/real than now how the US was never any different than the Soviet Union fifty or so years ago. The politburo states of America, baby. Btw, Marx isn’t an economist as much as he is a philosopher and the first and only person to have ever really put effort into codifying human (mis)behaviour in the context of labour and capital.