Capitalism Will Fall: Not a Matter of If, but a Matter of When

by Daniel de Klerk

It is absolutely true that there is no such thing as “free stuff.” Everything has a cost and that cost can come in both the form of concrete labour or that of abstract value and means of exchanging.

The question of wealth distribution is never a question of simply wanting things for free and getting handouts, it is about the question of access. People want food, housing, health care and power over the organisation of their own lives; they don’t want it for nothing, they want it to be within their means to access and use. It is not a matter of entitlement to meaningless luxury, it’s an articulation of real needs necessary for life.

People work their asses off under degrading, backbreaking, boring and mind numbing circumstances, selling away most of their life to be able to live it, or struggle without whilst being deprived of the most basic means to participate in society; while around them the mass of collective wealth accumulates in the hands of rich people and faceless institutions. These People (unlike some other people) are not asking for yachts, private jets, palaces and lifetime supplies of cocaine. Around the world, they’re asking for a roof over their head, food on their table, the health care they need and the real ability to direct the course over their own life. A demand for the most basic necessity for the continuation of *this society* and a demand that is increasingly regarded as impossible and unrealistic.

If life under capitalism becomes impossible then so the continuation of capitalism becomes impossible. The governments developed the welfare system in an attempt to solve this social question, not because we asked them too but because they hoped to stave off the inevitable.

Their last alternative is to export this struggle towards further points of the periphery. New sources of hyper exploitation: the people within the global south and within the centers of concentrated capital, migrant and prison labor fuel the ever increasing demand of cheaper labor and sources of wealth for the masses within the concentrations of capital. While within these concentrations, society is flooded with cheap credit and pushed into ever increasing debt to keep the process of production and accumulation running. These are the only ways to keep society running. But even there, they are only delaying the inevitable.

Every point of oppression and exploitation reveals a weakness and opens up an angle of attack. The more they rely upon oppression the more resistance to it hurts, the more they rely upon exploitation the more they depend upon the exploited. The more we organize and generalize our struggles the more powerful we become. The more we attack their means and mechanisms to undermine our struggle, the more we speed up the inevitable.

It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when and how. The future is not predetermined. Capital will fall, but will it fall because we smash it and its institutions and take everything for our own or it will fall because it squanders all resources and then collapses upon itself, leaving us to toil in the ruins of its civilization with a destroyed planet. Or will it break the confines of this planet and push it and human civilization into space, opening up new sites of oppression, exploitation, accumulation and struggle for the coming centuries?

Whatever we do, our choices are not meaningless. We are not passive victims of historical progress, but active subjects. What we do here collectively, will affect our futures.

 

 

Image: “Bank Collapse” by Anarchimedia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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10 comments

  1. R Lloyd, –the state, the deep state–however you want to frame the status quo, has already and is further in the process of destroying lives built around hard work. Anarchists are just as foolish to believe the state has not already drawn plans for every conceivable scenario of managing 300+ million people should drama occur. A federal convention of the states, simply going through the process of deliberating over amendment language, would alter the status quo for everyone.

  2. Just the blog name says a lot! Anarchy is not a decent approach to solving problems. But many are traveling that path. Most business people are not ruthless money-grabbers. They ate for the most part very smart, dedicated people. Many of whom started a business with only an “idea.” And then worked countless hours to fight debt and achieve success. Are they supposed to be hated and punished? They have supplied a means of income for millions and millions of people.

  3. JoAnn.IS not governance, the power lies manipulation and all spoke of the 99 plus another three quarter% of all politicians who govern.

  4. If we go by history, we might say that 1% are working the status quo to their advantage, 19% are keeping the status quo in place, and 80% are being led around by the nose via corporate media. If a tipping-point is achieved, Congress will call a convention for proposing amendments. Once called, politicians and biznis people will begin walking and talking differently, because we will no longer be living in a world where we go round and round (every decade or so) of getting serious about adding an amendment to the current contract. The convention call formalizes the discussion of amendments. The patrician class (including at least half of all federal employees) do not want to enter into that discussion. But millions and millions of folks just like you, would like to build consensus as to what ought to be done at this point. Political polls of the past half century and more show what we know we all already agree on: electoral reform. In other words, here are bloggers talking about how it’s too late and we have to look inside and blah, blah, blah, in stead of saying, “We should have a convention and get money out of politics, because until we do, things will only continue to get worse. Why? Because history says so.

  5. Look at the way we all behave. Look at our vain, arrogant and self seeking politicians. Look at our venal and corrupt “bizniss” people – worthy successors of the equally dreadful kings and barons of old. Commerce is merely ritualised violence. Until we learn to control our emotions and our hedonic set point, our ruthless ambitions and our pointless violence, human society will remain a mess and no constitution will save us. We may be “better” than the world’s “savages” but not by a large degree. Buddha, Confucious, the historical Jesus all gave us useful pointers but look how much notice we took of them. And the poor guy from the middle East was strung up by the bully boys of his time for his trouble. Excuse my cynicism but personally I see little reason for optimism.

  6. And another dystopia will replace it. Such is the futility, stupidy and vanity of the human race. Until we breed out Darwinianism it will always be thus.

  7. Maybe the pendulum would swing back if workers demand economic justice, but with climate emergency galloping along, is there time? I fear governments will collapse before meaningful changes are made.

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