Plots of the Capitalists
Patrick Bateman: “I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust…I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.”
– ‘American Psycho’ (film)
“FIGHT CORPORATE GREED!” is a popular slogan of the ‘We Are The 99%’ movement that began a month ago in New York’s financial district and is now popping up in hundreds of cities everywhere. For moral clarity and sheer zip-and-bounce there’s nothing to beat it. The lively, drum-beating encampments validate a classic anarchist principle: it’s spontaneous, consensual, leaderless, non-violent. With luck the movement will grow without the fatal burden of takeover specialists a.k.a. ‘leaders’.
But fight corporate greed? Just as easily resist the sun rising in the east. Wall Street without its gut-instinct for cannibalizing is Abbott without Costello, a tarantula without its sting. Top-level financial executives, traders, hedge-funders and bank directors can’t help themselves, it’s like their Tourette’s syndrome, you might as well cut off their oxygen supply, the harm they do us is built into the profit-at-any-cost system itself.