world economy is teetering, that is very clear to all. The important
thing for people to realize is that it will collapse. It is going
to stop working all together and relatively soon. When it happens
your bank will disappear and your currency will be worthless, your
grocery store will become an empty shell, your gas station will
run dry, your lights will go out, your cell phone will stop working...
process of economic breakdown may involve a relatively slow devolution
or unwinding. Or the system may succumb to a shot in the back of
head, some event that brings it down suddenly and with a bang. The
present rulers of the economy will be sorely tempted to a draconian
measure to save their bacon. For instance, a war could be launched
with an attack on Iran by the U.S. or its proxies in Israel. Such
a war would conceal the systemic economic failure and allow for
the rationing and repression they must rely on to function awhile
present public relations campaign touting "recovery",
part of that being Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's performance in Jackson
Hole, was a delaying device. It is meant to allow the men in charge
time to prepare and position themselves as best they can for the
most reasonable outcome. We should understand what they know: there
will be no economic recovery! There is simply no rational economic
reason for one to occur.
capitalist economic system is experiencing a completely natural
life cycle. From the time of the collapse of feudalism and its birth
in the Industrial Revolution, capitalism was always destined to
become a dominant global force. Globalization will be a historic
marker as the zenith of its existence. But globalization robbed
the system of the only thing that kept its fatal internal contradictions
at bay—-growth. Capitalism has conquered the planet, it has nowhere
else to feed. The time of its death is now at hand.
around the world are signs the two most powerful groups that capitalism
creates are beginning to engage in a final battle for power. Marx
called them the bourgeoisie, the ruling class, and the proletariat,
the working class. It can be most simply described as the clash
between the haves and the have nots, the wealthy and the people
who must work to live.
showdown has always been inevitable and it must destroy one class
or the other. Then on the ruins of the old system, the class that
prevails will reorganize society along the lines of their dictates.
If the bourgeoisie remains on top it will not mean the restoration
of capitalism to health and stability. It will mean the depopulation
of the planet and the enslavement of man in a world described in
the dystopian literature of Orwell, Huxley, and Atwood.
united across all artificial boundaries created by capitalism, whether
nation, race, sex, or religion are the only hope now. This is the
only force capable of staying the hand of the bourgeoisie and insuring
the human experiment “shall not perish from the earth”, to borrow
Lincoln’s phraseology. But right now there is admittedly no US political
party or other formation which expresses the destiny of the working
class to power and socialism. Since capitalism grew into a dominant
planetary force it has been able to provide the people of the United
States with several powerful incentives to buy into the program.
Five percent of the world’s population is invited to consume 30%
of the world’s resources by way of imperialism. Then the white majority
is invited to enjoy a disproportionate share of that material wealth
by way of racism. An especially comfortable place is provided to
politicians, intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats, and entertainers
in the narrow strata of society Marx called the petty bourgeois.
consciousness can develop very quickly in a people though! It is
on the rise in the US right now in the reaction to the Wall Street
bailouts and the banker’s coup that is underway. It will accelerate
as the material cocoon provided by the world’s dominant economy
as capitalism enters its final stage, a nearly seamless political
transition to fascism is well underway in the United States. The
mass media, the electoral machinery, and both major political parties
are under corporate control. The trappings of bourgeois democracy
are a hindrance on profits and so they are being shredded. The Constitution
and its Bill of Rights are being rendered meaningless by plans for
perpetual war, by presidential signing statements and the theory
of the unitary executive, extraordinary rendition, government surveillance
programs and the like. It is irrelevant that George W. Bush used
to be the President and now Barack Obama is.
based on bourgeois democratic principles like the public schools,
Social Security, and Medicare are, literally and figuratively, on
borrowed time. Separate and parallel Internet and military forces
are being constructed along with internment camps and the legal
construct for a martial law declaration. Blackwater or Xe is the
growing private military force of the ruling class, protecting them
in Baghdad despite their horrific crimes and patrolling the streets
of New Orleans and Detroit for them now. Because there are too many
sons and daughters of the working class in the US military it can
not be trusted by the bourgeoisie when the order is given to attack
the American people. Likely the two militaries will one day face
each other in combat.
these developments, the people of the world are struggling with
a marked escalation of the class war. Maybe no one has a firm grip
on “what is to be done?”, to borrow Lenin’s phraseology. But it
is for sure a time to reject fatalism, defeatism, nihilism and any
other current which involves the people in rolling over to die quietly.
Karl Marx was right, we have reached the end times not of humanity
but of the capitalist economic system. It is a time when the working
class was, through its collective discipline and might, supposed
to conduct and win a war with the bourgeoisie and establish its
rule. Then the building of socialism was to commence. War, racism
and poverty would be banished in the ensuing years along with all
of capitalism’s pathological influences on man.
are the prospects for this scenario? However likely or remote, the
idea should not be given up on because the other choices are too
horrific to passively accept—the Orwellian state, bands of survivalists
roaming a scorched landscape, the extinction of the human being.
Guest Commentator Malcolm Martin is an inner-city public
school teacher for nearly 30 years in Miami, an elected member of
his local teachers union executive board and the father of four.
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