99% of the problem

I would like us all to talk through a problem, one that adversely affects most of us, (say 99% of us), however, before we discuss this ‘problem’ let’s all agree that there is one.

For the first time in the history of Capitalism as a socio-political structure, a majority of people now agree that it just isn’t working. Of course, I don’t presume to have a statistical breakdown of all opinion on the matter, but I think it is safe to say most agree there is a crisis. If there is one good thing that came out of the occupy movements that sprung up immediately following the financial meltdown it has to be the dissemination of the term ‘the 1%’, a term that essentially describes a narrowing of competition within global markets that has left control of much of the world’s wealth in the hands of a fortunate few. The rich get rich, whilst the poor get poorer. It’s an age old story. The Victorian Dickens was obsessed with it, even Shakespeare recognised it within his youthful proto-capitalist structure. We are at the apex of the capitalist mountain, and the triumph of the occupy movement has been to impress upon as many people as possible that capitalism no longer works for the 99% of us that can’t fit on the summit. Unfortunately, the initial spark of adversarial idealism was unable to ignite the touch-paper of revolution for one simple reason: it could offer no viable alternative, and therein lies the crux of the matter.

I was an ardent advocate for the movement during the occupation of St.Paul’s. I lived and worked not far away from the cathedral and often passed the encampment. It was an infectious outbreak that seemed to spread like wildfire, but like most wildfires the weather changed and it eventually fizzled out. Through social media I have since followed the progress of a variety of these movements, from the U.K to Germany, to New York, to Boston, etc, etc, and although I still agree with the broad view I find myself at odds with vast swathes of the message. It seems in order to oppose the current Capitalist system, you must by default be a confirmed and unwavering Socialist. It seems like the cure for massive internal bleeding is a round of leeching.

I opened this post by suggesting we should all talk about a problem, one that adversely affects most of us today. Unfortunately, the problem is not a simple case of the shining light of Socialism vs the all encompassing evils of Capitalism. In fact, the real problem is that we are still all desperate to buy into a false dichotomy that serves only to imprison us within four walls of our own making. This is the ‘problem’ we all need to talk about, and until we do so; thereby shedding some of our ideological baggage (myself included, don’t think I’m not aware of that); we will simply keep circling that drain.

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3 thoughts on “99% of the problem

  1. I disagree that Capitalism is inherently evil, rather I say, socialism (aka: Communism) is inherently evil (at least the way it is practiced in Communist China, North Korea and in the (not so United States – specifically in Washington D.C.). There the ruling class in the Executive, Administrative and Judicial Branches of what once was a viable government, have been doing all they can do abrogate the Constitution and Bill of Rights in order to further secure their ultimate power over the American People. Importing illegal aliens from around the World (not just from South of the Boarder) who detest freedom and democracy wishing only to see it destroyed and replaced by the despots we currently have in those branches of government mentioned above. Yes, we will have to have a revolution to rid ourselves of the parasitic form of government now in power, and it will not be bloodless! Obama and his ilk have already been firing military leaders who say they will not fire on Americans, replacing them with self-serving thugs willing to do anything to get ahead. I know you won’t agree and will use “statistics” provided by the Marxist Media to say, “it isn’t true,” but know this, the day of reckoning is coming and those who stand with evil will die.

    • Absolutely. The real issue at the moment is that we stand on one side of the fence or the other, and miss view a whole range of views that will allow us to progress. I’m not sure I would advocate death though, it’s a little extreme

      • I don’t know if I heard this saying from somewhere or it just came to me (as with most of my novels):

        “Liberty must, from time to time, be paid for with the blood of patriots!”

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