“Behind every great fortune is a crime.” -Honore de Balzac

I am not a capitalist. Not only that, I don’t believe in money.
I hate money.
I am sick to death of money.

What is money anyway?
Little pieces of paper and metal that have value.
Why are they valuable? Because we say so.
That’s it. That’s all.
We agree it means something, so it does – a shared delusion.

There is no inherent wealth in a $1 bill, not even in a $100 bill. It doesn’t matter if it is the Queen’s face or my own, a stamp is meaningless.

A sparkly diamond can go for hundreds of millions of dollars, but the bottle of water that keeps us alive? A few quarters.

Our priorities are screwed up.
I’m not saying water should be expensive or diamonds should be cheap, I’m saying nothing should have a price tag on it.

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
–Plutarch

Why do citizens revolt? Either because they can’t walk the streets safely or they can’t put food on their table. That’s it.That’s the purpose of government. To provide safety and security. That’s what civilization is. When those two needs are corrupted, revolution is certain.We all live on this planet. We all need its resources. We all need care and sustenance. But even in one of the most revered countries in the world, this happens:

“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.”
-William Dean Howells

Why does this happen? How did we let this become the norm? How did we disillusion ourselves so much?

We speak of American Dreams and trickle-down economies. We listen to tirades against the “economically disadvantaged” in which they are called lazy and stupid and unwilling and unmotivated and deserving of their lot in life.

We ignore generations of racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism. We ignore the pitfalls of capitalism and the way it always leads income inequality. We call corporations ‘people’ and watch those that struggle suffocate and call the billionaires “too big to fail”.

We don’t ignore our materialism, we applaud it.

We are told that the rich need the “incentive” of more money for them to create jobs. We are told that the poor need less money so that they will pull themselves up by their bootstraps. And then we believe it.

When someone does battle their way to the top of the ladder, they believe they deserve it more than anyone else. That think they worked harder, that they are inherently better. Even if they cheated.

We become convinced that those seeking help are a bunch of lying couch potatoes, no matter what the evidence shows.

We don’t share. We don’t consider. We don’t empathize.
We slap on a price tag.

I hate money. It is a vile thing.


16 thoughts on ““Behind every great fortune is a crime.” -Honore de Balzac

  1. I love your vents. Vent on! Fantastic, yet sobering post.

    I listened to a lecture about a year ago from neurscientist Michael Persinger, and he stated that historically, when 50%+ of the population becomes educated they revolted if they felt they were being treated unfairly by those in leadership position.

    Now what strikes me about this is that in America, they are doing their damnedest to keep people from obtaining a higher education, especially the conservatives. Gee, I wonder why?

    But I thought you might find this interesting. The study will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics. It found that the US is not a democracy, but instead an oligarchy.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/14/358580/us-is-an-oligarchy-not-a-democracy/

    This, of course, doesn’t surprise me, especially since other recent articles show that approximately 50% of the American population is now close or at poverty level. The last report I read within the last two weeks stated that America is now a poor country — pretty much at 3rd World status. 😦

  2. Corporatism killed capitalism decades ago in the United States. The problem is, you guys are only just now beginning to recognise that.

    Social-capitalism has worked in places like Australia, but in Australia we just had the Premier of New South Wales (equivalent to a US state Governor) resign because he bought a $3,000 bottle of wine on his government credit card. That is the extent of corruption in Australia, and its not tolerated. We even had a member of Parliament (a Senator) resign a while back because it was discovered he let his son use his government paid phone card.

        1. Yep. The idea of a small group of uncorruptables may sound good on the surface, but when you only have to buy a couple of people to have a major impact on policy for generations, well of course some will be bought.

    1. Indeed.

      Honestly, I’d be surprised if most raised an eyebrow at those figures here. Every once in a while we’ll hear about lavish trips and thousands of dollars of waste, but it rarely results in a resignation. And that’s only the ones we hear about.

  3. The only reason I want money now is so I can get the fuck out of this country. My daughter said she’s be right by my side. It was all lies. No god — no democracy. All corrupt — all for filthy lucre’s sake.

    That first video was so surreal. People are in such dire straits right now that America is in a similar state economically as Germany was when Hitler took the reigns. We should be concerned. And all those gun fanatics who think that their small arsenal is going to scare off drones and military tanks now owned by police — even in small towns — have got a rude awakening. This is in the state I live in, just down the road.

    http://benswann.com/sc-police-department-gets-u-n-blue-tank-that-is-land-mine-ied-resistant/

    “On Veterans Day, Columbia, South Carolina became the latest of about 500 communities nationwide to add a military grade armored vehicle to its police force. The para-military vehicle with a “U.N. blue” custom paint job seats nine people, has an armable turret, and costs $658,000. The vehicle made its way to the department for free through the Department of Defense’s 1033 excess property program. The tank is bullet proof, features a land mine resistant frame, and a mount rack suited for a 50 caliber machine gun.

    Though the vehicle was “free” to the citizens of Columbia, they were purchased by taxpayer money. 500 surplus military vehicles costing $658,000 each adds up to $329 million dollars of surplus DoD spending (and therefore taxing) on vehicles which are so unnecessary to the military they are being given away to American cities.”

    WTF do they need such tanks for. Revolt? Ha! They are prepared to slaughter anyone who dares.

    1. The militarization of America’s police forces is one of the biggest problems that hardly anyone is talking about. It gets a mention when a huge debacle makes the national news, but more often than not, that doesn’t happen.

      SWAT teams and similar raiding groups have become the norm:

      http://www.wisn.com/news/armed-agents-raid-animal-shelter-for-baby-deer/21272108
      http://thewhitedsepulchre.blogspot.com/2010/11/police-raid-barber-shops-for-cutting.html
      http://www.salon.com/2013/07/07/%E2%80%9Cwhy_did_you_shoot_me_i_was_reading_a_book_the_new_warrior_cop_is_out_of_control/
      http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/340268/and-your-little-dog-too-deroy-murdock
      http://www.ketv.com/Monks-Arrested-In-SWAT-Team-Action/10073774

      That’s just the first few I found, I remember seeing more just this past year. They say they have to do this to combat the growing number of guns and automatic weapons, but every suspect is being treated like a mob boss. It’s disgusting.

      Thanks for introducing me to the word ‘lucre’, I wasn’t familiar with it.

      1. Unfuckingbelievable — and he was setup by the cop to boot. It’s also rather daunting that a woman could get pulled over for having a tail light out, and get raped. I am stunned at how many cops rape women. Those are just the ones we find out about.

        Many of these cops have been combat soldiers, too, and have neurological issues resulting in behavioral problems. But because the military has traditionally discouraged people reporting these problems, and men are considered ‘wussies’ if they show any sign of ‘weakness’, they slip through the system.

        In essence, mentally ill people “protecting” the citizens of the U.S.

        I do not share this to stigmatize mental illness or neurological disorders, or to say that all people with mental illness or neurological disorders have behavioral issues — just to point out that our system is broken and has been for a very long time. We are paying the price dearly.

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