We live in a society that actively and systemically redistributes the vast majority of the wealth generated by labor, by the people who actually work, "working class/WC", to those whose income is generated not by what they contribute but by what they possess, "ownership class/OC"
The OC uses this stolen wealth to create entire industries which multiply the damage of capitalism's systemic theft. Private health insurance, private telecommunications, private research groups damage our society for personal profit. Dead Americans for stock bumps.
A lot has been said in line with James Baldwin's "The West has no moral authority." The next step to this learning process is understanding how this is tied to the West's missing PRACTICAL authority, how capitalism is invariably self destructive to the greatest degree possible.
It is critical that this is understood prior to capitalism's collapse of our biosphere, since systemic reform is impossible in the face of human self-inflicted extinction. The cost of preserving capitalism is the extinction of the human species. Is it worth it? Absolutely not.
Every specific policy issue is a microcosm of this exchange. Resisting #Medicare4All is trading American lives for CEO profits. Same for resisting regulation reform and funding, anti-trust action, and union solidarity; standing against these causes is standing against humanity.
Thus pro-capitalists are de facto INVARIABLY anti-humanity. Their ignorance, their misguided projection of future outcomes, their avarice, their contempt; these do not excuse but damn them as enemies of human life itself. They prefer winning at Monopoly over human survival.
This leads to the final conclusion one should need about capitalists: they are not secular. Their behavior and institutional motives are SECTARIAN, the same blind faith in their beliefs are what drives their actions since neither practicality nor morality do.
Thus capitalists are capable of 'enlightening' no one since rationality and an evidence based understanding of reality is NOT what they value, possess, nor make use of. Their mindset is a psychosis convinced of its own inviolable divinity, and this madness threatens us all.
There can be no compromise, no productive dialogue between them and their opponents for the same reasons why the same can be said about the Sunni and Shiites. There can only be replacing them with those who are not slaves to the fantasy they are convinced is real.
This is why capitalism and capitalists are the enemy. This is why we fight them, so that human life is not extinguished in its planetary cradle. This is why there will be no compromise, no roll back of our principles, no pulled punches, and no forgotten injustices.
Because it will not suffice to dismantle and replace capitalism, which is only a manifestation of human greed through an institutional proxy; one of many throughout history. Capitalism must be made into a revolting example of the depths of human depravity and base stupidity.
Capitalism must be the big bad wolf we tell our children not to listen to. The avarice that fuels the machine of our collective doom must be the enemy we raise our posterity to guard against. The dehumanization that greases the gears must be a humiliating failure to our children.
Or we will dismantle capitalism only to see the same threat rise elsewhere. After all, this is humanity hurting itself, and getting rid of the weapon it uses to do this does not heal the brokenness which inspired its self mutilation in the first place.
It should be driven home that this system of mass theft empowers and elevates those who are comfortable being thieves first and foremost. Our institutional idiocy and degeneracy can be explained by one observation: capitalism empowers pillagers and rapists, not the principled.
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