Can capital escape the prison it built for labor (and, hence, for itself)?

Funny piece in the New Yorker about the socio-phobia and paranoia now widespread among the 1%.

In their delirium, these creeps fantasize about their well-equipped Robinson islands or anti-atomic holes in the middle of nowhere, with a modicum of their wealth and power preserved, but without the social attachments, i.e. without the conditions that make such wealth and power (and their necessary opposite, the poverty and powerlessness of the masses) possible.

This quote is attributed to Antonio García Martínez (former Facebook product manager): “When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos.” I translate: When the ideological myth that props up the capitalist social order (the notions that capital is natural and productive) fails to keep the masses in line, the rich go nuts. Without the cover of ideology, they feel it is only a matter of time before the legal and political institutions that appear to sustain an economy of the 99%, by the 99%, but for the 1% are about to cave. And, no, charity will not save them!

Here’s my note to the 99%: To build our new, healthy, energy-efficient, functional edifice — with lots of open spaces, green areas, commons, and places for our kids to play — we will have to demolish this big old capitalist prison, haul away tons of rubble, and clear the area. We cannot be afraid of the mighty dust of revolution, but to prevent it from clogging our nostrils or lungs, or from clouding our vision, we shall try to make the old structure implode as cleanly as feasible.

We don’t want to be like them, with their selfish disregard for human life and dignity. So, we’ll need tight planning, organization, and discipline in strategy and tactics; which can only work out if we arrive at them through careful democratic deliberation.

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