The Social Disease Menacing Humanity And Its Cure


The name of the disease is capitalism.
And it can’t be said often enough.

“We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few.”

Economic bigotry is at the root of most if not all our problems and while the victims of that bigotry grow in number we are reduced to seeing only certain of them from certain groups often identified because they are indeed subjected to even more bigotry than most. But this amounts to the same old lesser evil politics that pit the majority against one another while a rich minority rules over all. The suppression of a potential majority that could bring about national and help in creating global democracy for the first time in recorded history results in identity group minorities gasping for breath by climbing up and over other groups to achieve their goals commonly mis-identified as dreams, while actually enabling and accomplishing the goals and even dreams of all ruling classes: division of the peasants-workers-citizens potential majority into easily controlled minorities at war among themselves while remaining relatively oblivious to their rulers.

The richest minority in the history of planet earth, with a relative handful of individuals amassing fortunes of billions of dollars while billions of humans live precariously, with many in abject poverty.

Can supporters of the NRA and personal firearms ownership find unity with those who oppose weapons production itself? Can members of Black Lives Matter ever unite with those who believe that white lives don’t? Will men who are sexually frustrated ever be able to communicate with women who are sexually set upon? They, and countless other divided humans, can never hope to unify as long as all of us are ruled by market forces under the control of minorities working for private profit before any – if any – consideration for public benefit. Those forces will always produce some gun owners and weapons opponents, some allegedly black and allegedly white people, and legitimately male and female humans who do well enough to be manipulated into competing to achieve even more comfort at the market by having more guns or less, more freedom or less, and more sex or less. But a large and expanding population which is barely able to get by, joined with a growing population that can’t get by at all are unable to compete at this alleged free market where nothing is free and are thus reduced to the totally un-organized status of people without representation at all, except by isolated disorganization or default.

While the upper professional classes among the population find outlets for their problems in gaining college educations and thus a bit more market place presence even while carrying enormous debt, those outlets are becoming more expensive and evasive, leading to greater frustration even among the relatively privileged – and ever more diverse – minority that is programmed to see only those slightly more or less privileged as enemies with little notice if any of those so privileged as to be members of what amounts to almost another race of beings:

The richest minority in the history of planet earth, with a relative handful of individuals amassing fortunes of billions of dollars while billions of humans live precariously, with many in abject poverty.

 To maintain this degree of unfairness based on cosmetic affluence only available at great debt, programmed divisions among the population keep a shrinking minority in varying degrees of comfort but always convinced others are threatening that comfort from below, rarely looking above to the commanding heights so far beyond their reality it can seem a heaven achievable only to the highest priests, ministers, rabbis or imams, or more realistically their secular owner-employers, the super rich so far beyond normal humanity in wealth they might as well be gods superior to past pharaohs, kings, queens or other shamans.

That deplorable condition of humanity is not only maintained but strengthened, at least temporarily, by conditioned adherence to the religious doctrine of market forces under the domain of private control exercised exclusively and primarily in the pursuit of private profit. In order to change the situation for the human race, personally, socially, nationally and most importantly in our global environment,  we  will need to act on and realize what the opening quote from a group of organized global patriots clearly and succinctly states. If you forgot:

“We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few.”

 Frank Scott is founding editor of He lives in Richmond, California. 

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Parting shot—a word from the editors
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2 thoughts on “The Social Disease Menacing Humanity And Its Cure

  1. 1. The “divided and conquered” who fight each other over skin color, over gender, over ethnicity etc. are disunited because it would take genius for them to understand how they are played up against others like them ?

    2. Or is it that they actually like capitalism, if only it could make them rich too ? So they have NO reason (impulse) to unite, as far as they can see.

    3. The masses would also have to retain the (political, economic) power, not just conquer it. Are they capable to ? Even at their level of education ? USSR said NO (at least not for now – and it had MUCH better schooled masses)

    4, Could the masses ever “divide and conquer” the owners of Democracy ? I suspect NO, even when there are only two of them left on Earth. I know: the situation isn’t exactly “symmetrical”. Right, And those who fight and advocate on their behalf don’t think for a moment that schooling the masses would be the solution – perhaps because it is “obviously” an impractical approach.

    5. If only the masses wanted to be schooled … Do they ? Apparently not. For there would be volunteers to school them properly.

    6. And then watch the owners still trying to tell the masses it still is their fault for being unemployed! Or that they live in the best possible world!

    7. They supposedly made coops in many places of the world! I’ve never seen one! It seems certain they haven’t made an “Ivy League” coop yet, for masses don’t seem to have this kind of aspirations! They like to “live small” (in their own way “small”), to use “common sense” solutions.

    8. Or are your masses better then mine ?

  2. It would seem we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place as the old saying goes. The violence on demand available to the power structures of the U.S. and the rest of the West would overwhelm even the most massive popular uprising. There is simply no way whatsoever for the public to create meaningful change operating within the parameters of the current neoliberal “democratic” system. And the earth’s life support systems are in a constantly degrading state as a result of our “endless growth” paradigm. It would seem our most likely choices are we watch the earth slowly (or perhaps quite rapidly) become uninhabitable due to the overall environmental & climate impacts of Capitalism; or we hope against hope for a complete collapse of the Western run global economic system which would lead to rather unimaginable chaos but stop the current endless growth machine; or we watch the U.S. with Israel by her side lead the world into a nuclear winter we will not soon awaken from. I’m not thrilled with these options, but total collapse seems like a best case scenario given the alternatives.

    I too see no evidence of our “masses” having the capacity of uniting in any meaningful way. We Americans have become domesticated by capitalism to the point we don’t even recognize our most basic connections to each other, much less to the natural world. Even during Occupy Wall Street, which was a highpoint in collective protest, the thinking expressed more of a yearning for an improved social contract a la Bernie (forgive school loans, healthcare for all, etc.) rather than any understanding that this system of global eco-destruction and constant growth has to “end” if a livable planet is to survive.

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