Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
A World Without Capitalists Is Necessary
By Frank Scott
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 23, 2012
ďA world without workers is impossible. A world without
capitalists is necessary.Ē World Federation of Labor.
The unemployment rate in the USA is down to just over 8%. This is
evidence that we are in a recovery from a recession. But that rate is
actually higher than it was when this particular recession began.
The patientís temperature has gone up, a sure sign that the patient is
getting better. Huh?
Living under the rules of a profit and loss
religion in a market church controlled by private clergy, almost anything
negative can be made to sound positive, especially to those who have not
yet felt the full impact of a disintegrating political economy. But those
who are experiencing its worst aspects find no relief in academic jargon
about structural or cyclical problems , stagnation , supply/demand curves,
unemployment blips and market equilibrium. None of this helps them find
jobs or borrow enough money to pay their rent, mortgage, food bills or
education loans. And as those people are not only in the USA but in the
rest of the world, the global nature of the problem makes it more clear
that a solution is far beyond a particular nation state and concerns all
An old admonition to act local but think global has
come to mean far more than was originally intended. Then it had almost
nothing to do with economics but now, if we donít think and act
economically we may assure failure for the planet and all its inhabitants.
Thatís us, whatever market terminology may be used to hide that
fact behind national, racial, religious or other divisive identity group
labels that help keep power in minority hands. And that minority is doing
better than ever, in the short run, amassing more power and money than any
past godlike royalty in what were supposed to have been more primitive
societies. How much has really changed since ancient times when peasants
and slaves were ground underfoot so that royal families and their wealthy
sponsors could live lives of luxury? Not much, in essence, though the
material standard of living for workers became what was called middle
class and assured far more material comfort than previous generations of
common people enjoyed. That lasted until the present breakdown began
decreasing the income of more people at a faster rate so that the wealth
of less people could increase at a greater rate.
What kind of
system is this? This kind:
If people are murdered in wars, that is
good for the weapons business. If illness and disease run rampant that is
good for the medical business. If natural disaster ravages communities and
kills people, that is good for the construction industry and the burial
business. Such are the realities of the cold blooded economics by which
the people of the world have been organized for hundreds of years. A
profit for one always means a loss for many. The idea of keeping
people healthy, safe, secure and alive is reduced to the private force of
doing so only if they are able to create profits for those selling health,
safety, security and life itself to the highest bidder in the market. If
we canít afford to buy those things and charity does not exist for us, we
can just drop dead.
Millions of us do, and not only in bloody
wars which profit the war makers. Many of us starve for lack of food while
others have to go on diets because they eat so much. Many of us sleep in
doorways, on the street or under bridges, while dogs and cats have their
own rooms in comfortable homes. None of this happens because of
individuals who are thoughtless or cold hearted or murderous, although
such do exist. But in a system which dictates that profit must be created
in a market sale, the owner of a private firm that makes band aids can be
the nicest person on earth but still only profit and prosper if lots of
people are bleeding. The social concept of doing all that is possible to
avoid bleeding would be terrible for his private business. That is the
case for every single human endeavor in the capital dominated religious
belief system of the market, an anti-human, anti-social core of political
economics that is threatening the future of all people all over the
Criticism and rebellion to such injustice is the history
of humanity but today it is growing far beyond the national minorities
previously involved in such struggle. People organized to obey authority,
work for others to survive, live in physical poverty or shop in moral
poverty and vote for employees of wealthy rulers when allowed to and call
it democracy, have remained unorganizable for the kind of change now
necessary for the survival of humanity. But as the critical conditions
grow worse, new methods of communication among the people are helping
bring more rebellious response to this old order of great wealth for the
few at cost of crippling poverty and debt for the many.
threat of potential social collapse, environmental destruction and radical
revolution, those who reap the greatest profits are exploiting, ravaging
and murdering at insane rates in mindless desperation to maintain their
power and wealth. That cannot continue and is no longer tolerable to
billions of human beings nor the planetís natural support system.
All over the world of capitalist anti-social democracy, the collapsing
structure has brought about calls for austerity from the rulers and their
paid minions in government. This means further losses absorbed by the
majority so that even greater profits can accrue to ruling minorities.
Establishment philosophers of mass culture operating through corporate
media still have enormous impact as they explain why the present reality
is all that exists and must be experienced without substantial question.
But when increasingly painful economic conditions for more people combine
with increasingly dangerous conditions for much of the natural
environment, the complex of events called material reality take on a new
meaning well understood by growing numbers who face that reality in all
its harshness and are less influenced by misinformation, propaganda and
economic fairy tales.
Thus, many world citizens, even while their
governing powers continue representing capital, wars and injustice, are
rejecting the ugly burdens forced on them by their rich overlords.
Elections in some places are small indications of change but far more
indicative than the voting process which is still under the control of
capital, are the rising multitudes all over the world all aiming for the
same goal: a new world based on democratic power exercised by people
taking action as members of the one and only human race and not simply as
parties, religions, sects, cults or other labeled divisions which serve to
keep minorities in control of majority created wealth.
minorities are the capitalists who somehow own the fantastic wealth
produced by enormous majorities of previously divided people. The
divisions still exist and the power still is in the hands of those
minorities whose days may be numbered, but so are those of humanity as
well if action is not taken to create the world of democratic equality
which has been the stuff of wishes and dreams but must become reality. Or
Doomsayers and doubters are in abundance and are to be
expected, even when they are not on the payroll of the ruling minority.
Itís easy to look at the state of the world and surrender to present
reality. But that is only possible for those not yet suffering the ever
increasing misfortune of dependence on a political economics of profit
for a few through loss, pain and misery for most. It is not just time for
social change activists but for all citizens of the worldís 99% to heed
the words quoted at the beginning. An end to the reign of minority
capitalism is necessary to save the earth and all its people so that we
can begin a human society offering hope for all and not just some.
Frank Scott writes political commentary and satire which appears in
print in The Independent Monitor and online at the blog Legalienate