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What is Real?

March 28, 2013

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WHAT IS REAL?

By Reed Camacho Kinney

Water, drinking water, is wealth. Having  a hot shower is luxurious wealth. We who enjoy a stable economy often lose sight of what having a roof over your head means. In this competitive, hostile world the necessity of a livable dwelling is an expensive challenge for most people. Too many people regard the savagery of domination as unavoidable, like the elements.

The culture of the middle class includes enough people that it is a world to itself. The middle class is mostly unconscious of the lower classes that are, by their circumstance, driven into the menial sectors of production.

And, at once, the middle class is largely unaware that the class of wealth has committed them to the lives of dependent, needed consumers for – the marketplace – upon which the class of wealth depends.

The class of wealth is a different culture little suspected by the middle class. Bazaar alienation enables wealthy men to use billions to make another billion, in order to, match the profit of their associates. I know not what the culture of wealth entertains, but the I-Ching says that you never quite know yourself, but, nonetheless, you do know what your actions produce.

The impersonal corporate powers that dominate the world economy are not built for humane purposes. Worldwide destruction and human suffering fuels their ever expanding marketplace. The “ever expanding marketplace” in a consumer – based economy is unsustainable, and it is the life support system of the Federal Reserve System.

The Federal Government pays for loans from the Federal Reserve System by taxing citizens. Taking money out of the economy to pay interest reduces the amount of capital in the economy, no less than would the bank siphoning money from depositors’ accounts. The “catch” is that interest payment is not needed to make subsequent bank loans by the Federal Reserve System. Money to make loans is fabricated from zero. It is baseless.

Interest payments enlarge undisclosed, idle bank accounts among government agencies, and the class of wealth.

The only access to goods and services is with Federal Reserve Notes – which half the people don’t have – which preserves the demand for money, and preserves its coercive power.

Half of the world’s people can’t access capital.They are obliged to work in dehumanized conditions for a pittance. They make a profit for the company they work in, and they make finished products and services more accessible to the middle class. They are bound to that treadmill to nowhere, primarily, because education is withheld from them by the combined factors of their respective government’s actions and the central bank. The dominant group combines “democracy” and violence to prevent rebellion, to prevent critical thinking, among both lower classes.  The middle class is controlled, primarily, through alienation. The poor people are withheld education, and are exposed to violence.

The money the marketplace depends on would not be in demand, and its coercive power would not keep people in servitude, unless it is withheld from half the people. Consumer-based economics requires that all people must be entirely dependent on its institutions, its money and its supply systems.

There is no person who dictates the economic system. It is a combination of conglomerates that have monopolized the vital sectors of the economy. International for profit enterprises are designed to expand or fail.

Likewise, the Federal Reserve System is designed to expand or fail. It needs that marketplace based on human exploitation.

In that context, the less educated fight against each other for employment that pays a pittance. We have every right to make a moral judgment.

So haven’t we been trying to create a revolutionary vision that we can bring into the light of day, one that would make life better among all people?

Moralists are often very narrow in their perspectives, without comprehending that the society itself is the cause of discrepancy. Society is not structured to reach out to the needy, rather it is structured to exploit workers, and it automatically neglects all the “Helots” (1) that didn’t find a place among the exploited.

People are generally limited to their particular life experience.

All Art, liberal education, when practiced, can enrich and enlarge peoples’ lives — self-reflective and internally articulate, passionate artists come into their own, as individuated people.

The term Abraham H. Maslow uses to describe mature, sane people is self-actualization. The attributes shared among self-actualized people include that they are generally well disposed to others, and are creative, productive, happy people, who enjoy not infrequent “peak experience,” a notable feeling of well being.  Self-actualized people affect others in constructive ways. Maslow discloses that, “Though in principle, self-actualization is easy, in practice it rarely happens (by my criteria, certainly in less than 1% of the adult population).” (2.) I think that most people – no fault of their own – are, by degree, made ill by their society.

Maslow describes the processes of human growth and its requirements, “Growth has not only rewards and pleasures but also many intrinsic pains and always will have. Each step forward is a step into the unfamiliar and is possibly dangerous.  It also means giving up something familiar and good and satisfying. It frequently means a parting and a separation, even a kind of death prior to rebirth, with consequent nostalgia, fear, loneliness and mourning. It also often means giving up a simpler and easier and less effortful life, in exchange for a more demanding, more responsible, more difficult life. Growth forward is in spite of these losses and therefore requires courage, will, choice, and strength in the individual, as well as protection, permission and encouragement from the environment, especially for the child.” (3. p. 204)

Some few people are born into circumstances that further their individuated, self-development with the support needed to learn the skills of their passions. But, most people are driven into competitive, impoverished circumstances by the very fact that the economy’s “cap stone,” the Federal Reserve System, is fundamentally exploitative.

Over the last twenty-five years, the free market of Shanghai, China, was built, on the backs of cheap labor from rural China, as much as it was from its lucrative shipping industry. 

“There are more migrants workers in China than the entire workforce of the United States. The migrating laborers work for low pay, often under horrendous conditions, in factories, at construction sites, in mines and on railroads and roads. They work in restaurants, die in coal mines, make bricks, peddle bicycle to deliver coal and pick up trash. They follow jobs from city to city. One worker told the Times of London, “We do the dirtiest and hardest work and everyone despises us.” (4) …stratified society.

Social programs and charity organizations help alleviate some of the suffering among working class people, mostly in developed countries, and in the long run such programs help maintain societal cohesion in an economic system based on exploitation;  which is a tenuous proposition at best – always on the brink of financial collapse.  While in the poor countries, the human and natural resource conduits of capitalism, the less fortunate are generally neglected and abused by the powers that be.

I watched Kenneth Clarke of the British Parliament on the televised program Hard Talk, BBC. He said that it’s the logic he was communicating, not the mechanics of the means, per se. His position is conservative and much of it coincided with what President Obama has suggested, safe guard public health care services, invest in infrastructure, retain foreign aid to poor countries, because they can’t be allowed to fall apart as countries, International trade, commerce, must be maintained and augmented. Although he accepted stratified society, he said that his motto is, “We are all in this together”. He mentioned the needs of people that need to work, and ended with the objective of not saddling future generations with debt.

Politicians always talk to peoples’ needs, while the economic-political system is not designed to meet them. Conventional public services and private charities alleviate some of the suffering among plebeians, while stratified society, the context we all live in, is that which causes that suffering. When the sole purpose of societal structure is to provide the few with wealth and power, at the expense of most, the situation causes poverty, neglect, mayhem, and war.

People are always more dependent on, impersonal, for-profit institutions. Societal discrepancy is the outcome of its socioeconomic structure.

In the U. S., states pay private penal institutions, private companies, to house prisoners. “…the United States has five percent of the world’s population and twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population.” (5) Half of the inmates are mentally ill, and many are defenseless illegal aliens.

In the U.S., neglected, poor neighborhoods, where fathers are absent from most families, use drug sales to supplement their immediate, local economy, purchasing power…the kids born into that environment are often brutalized, and they experience violence…that is the only world they know. They join gangs for their own self-preservation. They are apprehended and incarcerated. (6)

Of course, with psychological treatment and with education, more poor people can gain access to money through conventional means. But, while convention remains, huge sectors of the world’s populations will stay uneducated, or under-educated, which condition will stay constant in order to maintain their cheap labor.

Mexican centralized power, and its national government, is the lackey of foreign based, but mostly American, corporate powers. Mexico provides the cheap labor that many American enterprises rely on. Mexico’s mineral resources are sold by its men in positions of control to foreign interests for a pittance.   

The Federal Reserve System is contingent on competitive, for-profit institutions that expand their range in order to control the vital sectors of the world’s economy. The weapons of choice in that conquest include Democracy, Development, and Human Rights. Representational government is controlled in stratified society. The need for profit in stratified society causes development to exploit in order to reduce cost of production.  In stratified society, Human Rights accepts “licit” economic exploitation.

The basis of capitalism includes the need to pay workers only as much as is needed to bring a new generation of workers into the workplace. Apologists for capitalism acclaim the consumer capacity of workers in developed countries, and omit the contribution of impoverished workers in poor countries.

That is why the only revolution – emancipation – feasible is the development of another socioeconomic organization, an organization with different objectives, humane objectives for a humane culture.  Centralized power will be superseded by the concrete organization of decentralized power.  A competitive, hostile world is useless to us. Mutualism, and its purpose to engender individuation among all community members, is our destination. Semi-self-sufficient, sovereign, cooperative communities in a decentralized society will come into the light of day, as surely as the day is long. Or, we will continue to fail as a species and our humanity will be lost.

REFERENCES:

1. http://ritabay.com/2012/02/09/todays-post-slavery-in-ancient-sparta/

2. Toward a Psychology of Being, Abraham H. Maslow, O. VAN NOSTRAND COMPANY,

ISBN: 0-442-03805-4

p. 204

3. Ibid

4. http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=150

5. http://www.nationofchange.org/dispatches-field-prisoners-america-s-new-cash-crop-1319905137

…more information:  http://thinkprogress.org/tag/prisons/page/2/?mobile=nc

6.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024143/Gay-ex-Gov-Jim-McGreeveys-new-role-spiritual-  counsellor-40-female-inmates.html

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