Why have all Revolutions Failed? Will any Future Revolution Succeed Restoring Humanity to a Post-Scarcity and non-Hierarchical Era?
Our current socioeconomic system still depends on labor, the ninety nine percent of our population, the workers, but not for long as automation is making its big entrance as you read these words. However, workers are still an essential factor within the U.S. and the world’s economy. The fact that the system depends on workers becomes irrelevant as the ones controlling societal systems are not the workers but the hierarchical order controlling capital and all resources in the upper strata, the one percent. There is also a set of socially constructed fictional factors, such as the monetary system, which have become so real to the point of becoming primary reinforcers to human life. One cannot live without food or shelter and those are dependent on a wage or a salary paid through the always parasitic monetary system. The main stream media which is also controlled by the upper strata hierarchical order simultaneously controls all consent which is easily manufactured so the powers that be remain in charge of all of societal resources. So, the essential workers are deemed as replaceable while the unnecessary few parasites controlling production from above are made to seem not only as essential but even as talented.
The fact is that not even one human industry or enterprise would succeed if the workers were removed while on the other hand all human endeavors would fail if only the upper stratum stays as the administrative portion is quite worthless beyond a mere appearance of control. The administrators or upper stratum cannot run or produce at the level the workers generally would do in any enterprise or human endeavor. When the workers are present then is tangible as the possibility to produce without their parasitic attachment, the hierarchical order in the upper strata, is quite feasible. The workers are indeed the essential element and never the upper stratum or administrative portion inside corporations. Our society is one upside-down picture perfect of facades and no substance, as the veil covering society seems one of justice and fairness with regards to what the workers pertains while the reality is quite another. The workers are undermined despite being the essential component to production. On the other hand, one key feature with capitalism and Free Market fantasies is that they appear to have plenty of what we do not need and not enough of all we need. What is being produced and sold is what makes profits and never products and services destined to fulfill human needs but human profits. The graph and curve for offer and demand is easily met by maintaining a need for some products and services while simultaneously repressing others, market manipulation is just another feature within the free market fantasies. It is all a game and it has nothing to do with satisfying human needs but maintaining profits and control while making stagnation and planned obsolescence the standard. Our planet is currently in full disarray and it has been so for a while, endless wars, the parasitic strata controls it all while usurping the power that belongs to the people, the workers, by means of hierarchical authority. Lots of human capital is lost while many human beings cannot even secure proper food and shelter or attend a university for formal training, many more are lost because the vast majority of the world lives under a forced scarcity and war. The countries profiting from war are the main countries producing refugees in the millions while simultaneously rejecting to house or feed them in their eurocentric, ethnocentric and racist countries. These forced scarcity and wars only benefit the one percent above the hierarchical orders made up by oligarchs who live in full abundance of resources at the expense of everyone else.
Where Does the Mass Delusion Begin?
To take away the voice and vote of each human being by replacing it with a fraudulent single or small authority, all authority is tyrannical, indicates the largest mass delusion known to humanity. To place an imperfect mortal above another imperfect mortal not only goes beyond any rationale but it signals a clear insanity act and the loss of touch with reality. However, delusion becomes normalized and the standard with the passage of time as we can see the world turned upside down after the last glacial period 18.000 years ago. The world turned upside down not by natural disaster but by what followed; the spread of hierarchical order from Mesopotamia all around the world culminating with the mass colonization, pillage and plunder, of the American, Asian and African continent about five centuries ago; Asia being colonized five centuries B.C.E. while Africa was colonized around the same time as the American continent five centuries ago. Humans are the only species that has to pay to just exist over the earth full of resources. A mind job of infinite and disastrous proportions yet understood by the majority as “normal” within a hierarchical capitalist world.
When is Revolution Needed and When it is NOT
Revolution appears to be a periodic and radical event every so often within the historical context of hierarchical societies. According to Wikipedia: A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”) is a fundamental change in political power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time when the population rises up in revolt against the current authorities. However, revolution seemed to take place daily, every time and every second the voice and vote of a member of society is called upon to execute his or her right to choose among primitive societies. These were natural organic grown societies which practiced horizontal rule of governance instead of a static pyramidal hierarchical form such our present representative democracies. In a static representative democracy such as ours, a revolution is a radical attack to the present order in order to change it. The previous must be considered within the context of the fact that the present status quo attempts a static and fixed form of representative democracy where problems and dysfunctions are perpetuated hence the idea that the more things change the more they remain the same. Now, in a horizontal type of rule or governance, direct democracy or anarchy, the opposite takes place and since there is a permanent flow of ideas from every member of society instead of a single person or small group, then the permanent flow of ideas makes a society not only progress takes place more often and faster but changes may also take place sooner than later as the flow of new ideas is our present psycho-rigid society with a constant road block to governance; as it takes place in a representative democracy such as ours today. We have not seen a direct democracy in quite some time over the earth or at least since the dates of the Iroquois Federation or even much recent in the Jewish Kibbutz at the turn of the 1950’s. The Kibbutz are now privatized and eliminated. Perhaps the Mondragon Cooperative from Basque country in Spain and in any other cooperative practicing or engaging a direct democracy.
Because of the many socioeconomic deficiencies taking place in a hierarchical representative democracy, master and serfs, a revolution is needed to make societal changes which allow for all members of a group to be treated fairly and within a frame of Human and Civil Rights from time to time. Opposite to the previous would be a direct democracy or horizontal rule, anarchy. Humanity has never recently seen a direct democracy in a larger scale as this type of democracy would seldom be materialized in a hierarchical order as it would mean the end of it. So all that we have seen, as it pertains to governments, it has been a representative democracy where a charismatic and useless figure named a politician is sent to execute the people’s will while making laws and making decisions on behalf of those who should be making the decisions themselves and nobody else. The reality of a representative democracy is that the last thing a politician does is to represent the people it claims to represent. All that we have had has only been a pseudo-democratic process in the form of a representative democracy which appears to work temporarily at times then always reverting to full blown fascism with it always attempts to remake itself into the feudal castle lord and serfs society. Direct democracies represent a revolution live everyday all the time as it involves all voices and all minds contributing to the welfare of the collective not just the one percent above. Direct democracies are the revolution. While a representative democracy represent a stagnant materialistic world in full disarray, as the world we live in, full of social injustice and scarcity and at the verge of the sixth extinction; including the destruction of the planet by man-made mechanisms created by the hierarchical order controlling all resources.
Why have All Recent Socialists and Communists Revolutions Failed?
What most persons in society understand as what pertains to recent revolutions is that they have all been labeled either socialists or communists to some extent. Then, the most important thing that each of us must remember is that there is a lot of misinformation and propaganda about what socialism and communism actually are. There are many authors involved in relation to socialist and communist ideas although Marx always seems to be the epicenter of these ideas as far as public opinion is concerned. Much of the misinformation comes from the harmful means of mass communication as they reach every corner of the planet. Before exploring these two ideas, socialism and communism, we must first clarify many concepts since most people do not know or do not understand what these ideas really are or their true meaning. Usually we see a newspaper figure, or the talking heads on the tube, the busty female reporter of the nightly news who does not have the faintest idea of what socialism or communism are and who comes to tell us a story which falsely tells us how socialism and communism have been a supposed absolute failure followed by some dumb free market delusion which reminds us how beautiful the infinite shortage ability for the working class to acquire such goods and services is in a world of capitalist hierarchical world full of abundance. Let us first clearly conceptualize what each thing is, and we will call a spade a spade when in the presence of one. So we will get a clear idea of these two socio-economic movements that have been so controversial. One thing must be clear from now on; the capitalist hierarchy will not allow any other socioeconomic system on the planet to exist so as long as capitalism exists. Since capitalism is the only system that has been practiced on the planet for the last two centuries and beyond, this makes this challenge quite large: How to move from a world of extreme scarcity and capitalist hierarchical despotism into a world of abundance of resources or a world of government of direct and horizontal democracy and at the same time post capitalist?
When Marx Contributed Writing the Communist Manifesto What Was Occurring in the West?
We must remember that much of the period of light or enlightenment had already developed in Europe when Marx began his work around 1860. We must also remember that Rousseau’s Social Contract had already affected the constitution of many countries including United States of North America. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon had left his legacy with anarchist ideas focused on socialism just before Marx appeared on the world stage. Marx was of German Prussian origin and had to immigrate to Great Britain because his revolutionary ideas were not tolerated in his place of origin. Most of Marx’s ideas developed because his colleague Frederick Engels financed the fact that Marx could devote himself to writing without having to work. Marx was not Russian as many erroneously claim in the toxic mass media.
What was the socio-economic structure of the Post-Enlightenment Period in the West?
But one of the most important aspects taking place when Marx develops his ideas is how the transition between feudalism into the Free Market economy takes place; these ideas greatly based on the ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo. At that time, from 1820 to 1880, there was a great rejection of religion as it had largely collapsed with the feudal system and now the Western world was being filled with states whose constitutional charters of government excluded the relationship between church and state. Marx himself would argue against these associations by arguing that religion was the opium of the people as they kept people passive and in poverty while a small group of wealthy oligarchs were left with all the affluence produced by the group. The idea of a Free Market came as a double-edged sword because although it asserted that workers had rights to negotiate and produce as argued in part by David Ricardo’s theory of value, simultaneously the expansion of the British empire with it a brutal colonization that enslaved many peoples, India would subsequently be one among many of these peoples of the East enslaved by colonization. There was much wealth accumulated even amongst the old European elites who had lost their power under the fallacy of being a divine right granted by God as rulers. Capital had to be safeguarded at all costs the oligarchs thought. From the way the elites saw the world, after the feudal system ended, it was necessary to save the stolen fortunes of Native Americans, Asians and Africans, since it was in front of this boom of ideas that demanded the equality of the human beings everywhere, so they focused on influencing the social structure that developed at the time, the Capitalist Nanny State.
The Misunderstood Socialist Idea
When we try to define what socialism is, we must understand that there are many writers who have contributed to this idea and that there are many ideas all tied to the common good of society. But it is also important to remember that our society is full of indolent citizens bred to protect the system and to promote other interests against themselves. Many of these masochists are found in all social stratums of all sizes and ethnicities. There are many happy slaves and as the great Harriet Tubman once argued, “… I have freed thousands of slaves and would have freed thousands more, only if they had known that they were …” The vast majority of people do not have the most remote idea as to what socialism really is because if the working class truly understood what is at risk then they would all be socialists. Most people associate socialism with failed revolutions and state capitalism such as Cuba, or the Soviet Union when it existed, China, Venezuela, and so on. A couple of volumes of encyclopedia would have to be given to explain socialism in truth, but it should suffice to say that Marx and most writers like Proudhon defined socialism as the stage when all workers control the means of production as owners. Imagine a country full of cooperatives where the workers earn a salary while the vast majority of these workers keep the profit that they produce. For you to know what socialism truly is then you must conclude, if you are neither dishonest nor dumb, that neither Cuba, China, Russia, the Soviet Union, nor Venezuela are socialist. Why? For neither Cuba nor Russia nor China nor Venezuela nor any other country that calls itself socialist has had socialism but rather state capitalism controlled by first an elite and second by an authoritarian government because it is not the workers who own the means of production but the state or a small group of people. You must remember that there is a very similar and sometimes identical trend between Anarcho (socialism) syndicalism and Marxist socialism. Just keep in mind that under any true socialist form of government it is the workers who must own and control all means of production not oligarchic or parasitic elite. However, you must expand a lot more so you should read here if you want.
Marx expected the original Corporation and Cooperatives to serve as Foundations
Marx hoped that corporations and cooperatives would gradually become shelters and instruments of protection for the workers. The corporation was a non-legal entity as a person and had many restrictions as well as cooperatives. These restrictions and regulations were positive because they fully regulated capital and the side effects of stratum hierarchies that brings with it the wealth and control of the means of production when these are taken over by a single individual or just a few. Marx hoped that these entities would act in a similar way and as a union contributing and safeguarding the rights of the worker as well as simultaneously being instruments of production that had a voice and a vote on behalf of the worker. The idea of democracy in the field of labor was the ideal way of initiating much of what Marx saw as the future of revolution and class struggle. In addition, it eliminated the despotism of bastardization caused by capital and the parasitic hierarchies controlling all resources. The idea of a just world where the worker who produces all wealth can be left with a large part of what was produced was the ideal picture as a future for Marx. Marx envisioned a world where the class struggle disappeared as mankind was reduced to a horizontal and egalitarian government with no one above as despot and no one below as subservient.
Why Cooperation instead of Competition? Collaboration on the Edge of a New Paradigm documentary:
In the United States of North America capital sought to redo some kind of protection and found it by taking refuge in the 14 Amendment of the Constitution which gave equal protection to all human beings, including recently freed slaves, under the law. This amendment became law originally and in principle to protect newly released slaves. Amendment 14 of the constitution would end up serving as a shield to safeguard capital and allow immunity to the law and its subsequent impunity. What Marx failed to conceive was that the attack on the corporation to become a legal person was already being won shortly with three large cases in the United States of North America. The first case had been in 1819 with Dartmouth College v. Woodward. Then followed the case of Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts v. Town of Pawlet in the year 1823. Read here: The last significant case in the 19th century would be that of 1886 with Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific – 118 U.S. 394 (1886) three years after Marx’s death. If you want to explore the problem of the corporation as a person or corporate legal entity you must go here.
A Revolution without Ditches but with lots of Authority
The recreation of the corporation as a legal person, corporate person-hood, because of the three decisions in the 1800’s by the courts of the United States of North America and SCOTUS, caused a great retrogression when the impassioned rebels, those hungry for social justice, began revolutions for the next six decades after the death of Marx. The first revolutions that used Marxist ideas, almost all, were giving their first steps as never before had they tried those revolutions with such expected outcome: Workers Liberation from slavery and tyranny. Revolutionaries read and soaked themselves with ideas of freedom, breathed them, fed themselves with egalitarianism with the hunger that humanity in slavery craves freedom. But, there were several problems because it was not only the fact of corporate legal status but also there was another event with which the revolution did not count. If we imagine a world of corporations and cooperatives well restrained and which operate as legal entities without any extra judicial protection of law; for we can find a world where the idea of horizontal governance is easily feasible, the cooperative. Horizontal governance implies a direct and participatory democracy where each individual has a voice and a vote. Now that what happened was not a horizontal but a vertical governorship since the hierarchical pyramid took possession of the corporation and remade the feudal castle within this making of the corporate CEO president and the high administration like a king and his court and where the workers have neither voice nor vote. The boss CEO king gives orders and if the worker disagrees he can leave or be fired with impunity and without any form of real legal protection for the integrity and ethics from his work. Whereas in a horizontal entity there would be no such despotism as it would be abdicated to each individual participant of the labor system because workers would then be granted voice and vote by default. In addition, a horizontal government would be much more egalitarian and would provide more people in a fair way and not in an enslaving way depending on wages and without being able to collect from the profits produced since it is only one, or only a few, those who retain control and usurped power over the means of production in a pyramidal or hierarchical organization. The hierarchical order remade itself when the new kings or corporate CEOs start receiving the highest remuneration with the minimum or no labor effort or contribution at all. Let’s remember that public relations teaches how talented and strategic CEOs are playing golf while the workers break their backs; CEOs are talented to bankrupt the entire economy because of overpaying themselves bonuses and due to their inefficiency while being rescued in the tune of 29 trillion dollars in 2008; meanwhile the workers are not even making wages or salaries that match the cost of living.
What is lost in the Hierarchical Order
An ignored process, as well as relatively insignificant, is the use of hierarchies in our social structures. The social hierarchies are these organized ranks as strata where the most power being usurped and the most stolen wealth accumulates at the top while those who have made the wealth and power remain at the bottom without power or wealth. Hierarchies are like a system of arbitrary castes, all hierarchy is arbitrary, that attracts to the top all those people interested in managing the lives of others while hiding many internal problems related to locus of control amongst those who remain as bosses or administrators. Since there is a level of authority and authoritarian despotism behind this scene as the pathology reveals itself from the beginning: Who wants to be making choices for someone else? Our mentally ill hierarchical society sees this as normal and has perfected this normalized state under the excuse that all billionaires started in the garage of their homes and poor which is flat out false. What advertising and marketing do to the masses is quite harmful by the means of misinformation which not ever telling us that the truth about Steve Jobs is a farce. Steve Jobs did not start without money from the garage of his house but with $150 million collected and $600 million from investors in the 1970’s and 1980’s when U.S. dollars had 100 times more buying power than today. Also, Steve Jobs is neither a designer nor a programmer as many believe. Steve Jobs said that he was the Maestro to the Apple orchestra for not knowing anything about computers or programming or design except presenting the products created to the public. Steve Jobs used a large group of computer experts who were and many are poor to this day. Those who did everything possible were never paid but robbed of their genius. Only Steve Wozniak was the true heart of everything created but his fortune even today only reaches about 100 million dollars while that of Steve Jobs reached 160.000 million or 16 billion dollars. Hierarchies allow the above stratum to usurp power and steal wealth while misrepresenting the actual worker’s effort meanwhile perpetuating the idea that the one percent above exists not only as a divine gift but with a divine right because of either God, fate or some divine entity have taken them there to the top from where they display their tyranny in the form of a capitalist mass delusion.
PLUTOCRACY Political Repression In The U.S.A. (2015) HQ FULL, Documentary:
The greatest human potential that is lost is perhaps the potential for creation and for contribution of the vast majority of people, as each human being within a community or collectivism will not have a voice or a vote since their collaboration is ignored, or stolen, or simply never reaches where it should reach to affect the system. An idea must first receive the opinion of all members of the group, discussed and analyzed while considering its pros and cons for society, before it can become a norm for a group. The previous is what never happens in hierarchies since the hierarchic order above, with usurped power and stolen wealth, will also be the one who makes the decisions for all the other members. This leads us to a deviant and misunderstood conclusion as to what a democracy actually is. A democracy can be direct and participatory such as anarchy but it can also be a farce like the republics or supposed representative democracies where a corrupt politician is chosen so that he or she decides everything for the rest of the group. When each person must be fully informed and in its entirety in order to be able to make sound choices and decisions within the group. It is here and then that this right to having a voice and a vote is robbed and power is shifted while being awarded to the corrupt politician so that he or she can embellish the typical wrong decision making. A political figure sweetens the ear to the masses with imaginary enemies and diverts the attention from all the problems that the politician himself then will perpetuate while simultaneously representing the high upper hierarchies of power and capital with absolute immunity to their failures. The previous can be confirmed by the political re-elections of those destroying society and the environment. When a human being is given authority or power, even if the individual comes from an interest group in the lower stratum, this power will corrupt and create a form of despotism that emerges easily and is repeated indefinitely as seen in all sociological and psychological experiments during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. This idea was verified by a researcher named Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University, see here. And see also short video.
The Vicious Circle of the Revolutionary
It is admirable to witness the conviction and passion that a revolutionaries have inside. Many of these human beings have indeed fought for the common good with heart, soul, and even their own lives most without expecting glory. From the day that they are born the revolutionary has an obsession for liberation because the revolutionary is always hungry for freedom. The revolutionary makes many mistakes on the road to revolution. The three fundamental errors in relation to these failed revolutions of the last century were:
First Error of the Revolutionary and its Revolution
Madness, do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. Although the revolutionary is a absolute brave soul, but the revolutionary who wins a revolution and is not possessed by the revolution will succumb to it by winning. The revolutionary who is not possessed by the revolution is a fucking chicken full of fear while swimming in cowardice. The non-possessed revolutionary fears losing the pedestal, the hierarchical stratum, which is gained by replacing the fascist on duty with another fascist in turn, the new fascist in the form of a revolutionary. If the king is dead the last thing you want to hear is “Long live the king” since this would imply that what is happening will be repeated, although now under new administration. The revolutionary, and his court now, will repeat the same identical horrors and even worse than any fascist in power has previously done. If power absolutely corrupts then the revolutions won are full of absolutely corrupt revolutionaries. Much of the error takes place while establishing an idea that ensures changing everything and to improve everything, in principle, but under the same and identical format above: Hierarchies including Capitalism. The existing powers that be witness failed revolutions and will always try to remake what they already had accomplished before and this implies sabotage to any government that is not aligned with the fascist despots as themselves. To protect himself, the revolutionary becomes bellicose and authoritarian leading him to not trust his own shadow. The last thing the crowned revolutionary seeks is a horizontal government or a direct democracy, since it will collapse if it is not ready when the attacks come; however what the revolutionary needs in his new role is the recreation of horizontal entities that are egalitarian instead of authoritarian as the previous ones. All hierarchies are intrinsically authoritarian without exception. Whether the hierarchy is stratified by control of the means of production or by capitalism, or whether such hierarchies are limited to the power of access to such means of production, in any case all hierarchies are innately authoritarian and there is no exception to know despite of so many public relations suggesting otherwise. The revolutionary also begins to see his power as something that fills him and makes him narcissistically heroic after having been a nobody in search of dignity. We must vehemently repeat over and over the fact that power corrupts absolutely and without exception. There is no benevolent ruler because no one can make the decisions that only you can most efficiently make about your life and fate.
Second Error of the Revolutionary and his or her Revolution
Revolutions are followed by design mistakes because they do not have a socioeconomic plan that is decentralized and includes all natural and human resources to begin with. Just look at Chavez and Venezuela for instance. The design of an economic plan that includes current resources and potential resources through barter and other market means is fully absent. Marx was not exactly a supporter of markets since all markets are in one way or another slavers to human labor. However and while surviving in power and restructuring a society many of these changes and economic planning must be at the order of each day. It is very important to provide for the population. How many won revolutions have tried to do so? They all have as early revolutionaries did in Cuba although the last example of this is probably Hugo Chavez at the beginning of his revolution in Venezuela. However, there must be great planning not to devalue a country as it has happened to Venezuela and by simultaneously preventing a financial elite from sabotaging what has been achieved for the people. Control of internal corruption is also essential here and Venezuela seems to have failed in these socio-economic aspects by not making proper planning use or addressing corruption. The revolutionary government of Venezuela has been sabotaged by internal and external capitalist hierarchical forces. Capital will never allow a revolution to succeed and let the veil fall to capitalist scarcity. But Venezuela has also failed to plan for jobs and to release the energy it relies on, the oil it sells on the market, failing to create sources to use for renewable energy and create a country that benefits from large reserves of oil while simultaneously releasing its own territory from the dependence and consumption of fossil fuels as China is presently doing. Instead of giving gas subsidies to their people they should have sent all the fuel out and collect this profit while being internally supplied with green renewable energies. But there was no green renewable planning in Venezuela. This internally engagement of renewable energies would have facilitated the releasing of the income of their largest natural resource, oil. Failing to stop internal corruption has been another big problem in Venezuela as well along with more autonomy for its people. We must remember that there is a great deal of internal and external sabotage coming from the enemies of freedom in the form of capitalist elites and the indolent masses of manufactured consent who follow them.
Third Error of the Revolutionary and his or her Revolution
There is one element in common that is needed in all these failed revolutions and this element is: The application of the socialist idea at the heart of these societies. If socialism means that the working class not only controls but fully owns the means of production, then where are these workers’ own cooperatives full of workers who not only own the means of production but where horizontal direct democracy flourishes within their production centers? This last element, horizontal direct democracy in the workplace, being the most essential, does not seem to exist in most revolutions beyond a mere an authoritarian regime controlled by the state and manipulated centrally and not decentralized as it should be. On the contrary, what we see in these revolutions is a regression to a centrally controlled society by a tyrannical and authoritarian elite of despotic color which imposes its whims instead of opening the doors to a direct and participatory democracy where the centers of labor, the nuclei of workers, have absolute voice and vote.
Documentary: An Anarchist’s Story
Basque Heritage of the Spanish Civil War
Spain suffered a great renaissance during 1936 to 1940 during its Civil War. Much of the resurgence came from territories that embraced anarchy or direct democracy because it showed the people that if they tried then they could create utopia. But far beyond being possible was the fact that the population would experience for the first time what it meant to be autonomous and truly free, no masters and no gods. The Catalan and Basque populations were the main groups in rebellion. The Basque and the Catalans would discover that by going into revolution they had found their voice and their vote. The period of happiness was short lived since the hierarchical instrument of capitalist fascism soon returned them to a society of scarcity and without much autonomy in reality. In the Basque country in particular there was a remembrance of anarchy and this anarchy would eventually be reflected even after fascism repressed its people. A priest named Arizmendi decided to join a group of workers and democratize their work from the heart. The Mondragón cooperative would be born of this idea of democracy within the workplace. Today Mondragon has branches all over the world and although the capitalist economy has faltered, Mondragón does its best to keep all its employees although this means sacrifices. Mondragón was founded in 1956 and its valuation today is more than 26,000,000,000 twenty six thousand million or 26 billion dollars. Mondragón belongs to its workers and everything that is done is done for the common good. Each worker has a voice and a vote within the organization. Mondragón is a clear example of democracy in the workplace. Instead of producing for a financial parasite all produce not only for the common good but also for their own good simultaneously. The structure of Mondragón is horizontal and each individual has a voice and a vote with an endowment of rights which is in total contradiction and opposition to the corporate hierarchies that the other workers face in corporations around the world.
The Impossibility of Solidarity in Capitalism
We must always remember that much of human pathology comes from fictitious hierarchies that are created within equally imperfect mortal beings. Hierarchies are controlled by inferior mortals as John Nash Jr. referred to when he wrote his economic treatises related to Game Theory. The hierarchies, whatever they are, always oppress the group below and give supremacy to the group above who end up being a few since this is a pyramidal scheme. Nature and the human race itself do have plenty of diversity, but diversity means neither inferiority nor superiority. These hierarchies flood our society and make us handicapped wherever they appear. These hierarchies are artificial social constructions which never existed before the pyramids appeared on the planet about 15,000 years ago. Hierarchies can exist anywhere authority exerts control may this be within gender, as man and woman, hierarchies by age, position of authority, social position, but the most crucial within our society is the hierarchy caused by the power that economic wealth brings: Capitalist Stratum. Capitalism creates havoc with its widespread scarcity everywhere. Capitalism is despotic since those who own capital are immune to being prosecuted by any court or law since those who have the power to write or control the law never will choose self-punishment. Hierarchies stop the flow of mass collective contribution that the great majority of voices and votes can provide to the solution of any problem. Hierarchies replace the voice of many for the restricted vision of a handful of tyrannical and despotic individuals. When many should give their opinion and give their point of view is when the voice of the tyrant despot above replaces and usurps the voice of many with his own voice. It is never possible to repress so many points of view by the limited and selfish ideas of one or more despots in the high stratum. Humanity loses and loses a lot. Most financial geniuses never look for these high-ranking ladders, but on the contrary; live with little and within a frugal realm where they do not care about power or wealth but genuine scientific discovery. We can see this clearly in the true genius of history who were 99% of the times poor or lived with just the basic means or without any affluence. Sócrates, Descartes, Kant, Galileo, Michelangelo, da Vinci, John Keats, Oscar Wilde, Nicola Tesla, Marx, Ramanujan, Jonas Salk, van Gogh, Alan Turing, Vivian Thomas, Walter L. Shaw, Aaron Swartz, Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee, Bennet Omalu, Jacques Fresco, and many others even in the present times.
History of Anarcho-syndicalist Catalonia (The Spanisch Civil War. Documentary)
First the Bad News, then The Good News, sort of…
In what pertains to revolutions, humanity is at a crossroads today. There appears to be glimpses of light here and there but there are also many detrimental signs including the manufactured consent of the population by the upper stratum elites. The dilapidation caused to the earth for profit is leading to the sixth mass extinction as well. A good portion of the world population believes the normalization of hierarchical order as natural even intrinsic to being human despite its clear maladaptive outcomes. Many others see the socially constructed reality as real when in actuality is the old story of the scarecrow that killed all sparrows by reputation not because it was real. The monetary system alone is a delusion yet humans are the only species having to pay to just exist over the earth. There is scarcity and exploitation everywhere over the planet in a world full of resources; such resources which are only accessible by becoming a hierarchical capitalist whore of some sort by having to sell our own labor or our conscience even our souls. Human beings have become means to a profitable end so Immanuel Kant must be having convulsions wherever he is buried. The best and most adapted to the system amongst us are mentally ill because no mentally and physiologically fit organism can be adapted to such high levels of dysfunction and injustice all over the earth. To live in today’s world is to be trapped in a nightmare, oblivion of some sort, an upside down world from hell. The oligarchs thank the gods from the Olympus for opioid dependence and the mass legalization of marijuana along with a thousand other substances legally and illegally available to help the masses cope with the pain. A pain that sooner or later will annihilate us all unless we become brave enough to face if we are to survive this period of inhumane insanity.
Good News with a Grain of Salt…
Only an extraordinary event will cause the hierarchical spell to end. Such event may be on its way in the form of automation, mechanization, that if A.I. does not kill us first for being such failures to our human identity by having succumbed to a hierarchical order amongst imperfect mortals. Much of what is going to take place depends only on the population itself and no one else. Mechanization, automation, has become a blessing in disguise as the system itself depends on world markets manipulations. The extremely parasitic monetary system cannot survive if the workers income disappears as the workers are replaced by machines A.I. or not. Without an income then workers cannot purchased the goods and services they produce, now being mass produced by machines in part, and making the monetary structure redundant and irrelevant. The consideration of a universal basic income is an essential none the less a temporary fix. Not only is the economy already hemorrhaging jobs due to structural changes, transnational deals, and automation but a large percentage of workers have actually disappeared from the economy. Our world hierarchical and capitalistic system is the most inefficient system in all areas but mainly in what pertains to satisfying human needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, education, etc. and this is beyond dismay. The most evident fact that we live in oblivion is the fact that this same system is simultaneously praised for its efficiency. The vast majority of humanity, including citizens in the working class in the U.S., has issues accessing these primary reinforcers, food, shelter, healthcare, education, etc. However, if we turn the tube on we hear about the marvels of capitalism and its hierarchical order. People stand for national anthems and cry on military parades while delivering suffering to other lands, for profit, meanwhile the pain does not even get relief at home.
The Pathology that Must be Fully Removed
Although undermined and ignored most of the times, dismissed as insignificant, the hierarchical order is indeed the greatest of human social cancers. The hierarchical order robs humans of their humanity usurping the autonomous power that everyone can have within a social setting. The hierarchical order has been normalized throughout the years to the extent that is now seen as intrinsic to humanity when in reality nothing can be more foreign from being human than the placing of one imperfect mortal on top of another in rank and authority. This hierarchical order has invaded every corner of society and has caused divisions between all social groups whether by ethnicity, or gender, or religion, or by wealth a stratum which is an intrinsic feature of the hierarchical order as it usurps power from the mass. The stratification caused leaves all lower strata holding all the externalities or effects caused by the one percent, poverty, scarcity, retrogression, etc. while reaping all possible benefits.
Humanity has endured at least 15.000 years since the hierarchical order first appeared with the birth of the so called civilized world during the Neolithic period. Our current Representative democracy is a road block to individuals having a voice and a vote in society and to effectively affect the environment they live in we need to replace the representatives with a direct democracy. One way to start extirpating this pathology, since it is the most malignant tumor, from humanity is by creating a stronghold and 100% public direct democracy. Right now the system is contaminated with corporate interests as well as war for profit and all sorts of tools which make the hierarchical order apparatus quite efficient. The corporate parasitic entities must be fully removed from the table and start fresh with an organic public direct democratic government where each individual learns to directly contribute after being fully informed as to what true options are for the decision making process. All necessary safeguards and contingencies must be put in place to prevent the current corporate system to reassemble itself. Then, the population must be trained to identify propaganda and misleading information so they become filters as critical thinkers.
The population must be inoculated so they can learn to sort out those attempting to steal the system from their hands. Once the previous is established then a voice and vote must be required in a format which is not only inclusive but that allows for brainstorming exploring not only stated solutions but going beyond the obvious and into the realm of what is possible: A Resource Based Economy? The infrastructure of the country must also be affected by the dissemination of workers own cooperatives everywhere. The workers producing all wealth must be the ones controlling all wealth and this is the only manner possible. From here on each day will present its own challenges but they will be faced differently utilizing the voice and vote and minds of the collective and not the capricious for profit desires of a few control freak psychopaths as it takes place today all over the world being destroyed by greed and neglect of humanity and earth resources.
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