Is Trump an idiot? Do idiots reign? Is capitalism idiocy? Hedges is absolutely on target, as usual, with his criticism but as much as I detest capitalism and it’s elite 1% I do not consider them idiots. To call them idiots is much too nice and sort of excuses them. They, of course, consider themselves to be exceptional and take great pride in their power and wealth and so do, unfortunately, the brainwashed and conditioned numbed and dumbed majority that their masters rightful consider “useless eaters”.
But what would you tell the idiots to learn? Do you have any better ways for them to keep and add to their obscene wealth and power? If so they are eager to hear from you and might even make you rich too.
Capitalism has always been short sighted as todays profit and quarterly profits is the main concern. The destructiveness of capitalists and ruling elites of the past has more to do with the impossiblity of ever increasing wealth for an elite thereby forcing bad decisions that solve immediate problems but snowball into the elite’s eventual destruction.
Same old same old. Another falling empire and elite destroying itself. The question is “will it take all of us with it?” The fragility of the technocracy and the ever expanding number of weapons of mass destruction seems to doom the human race even before environmental destruction and global warming will although they will keep increasing the violence and warfare. Die by fire or ice or no more air to breathe, is dead. Dead is dead. Individuals and the human race itself are all slated for destruction. But like an individual the human race could choose a healthier and longer life.
That healthier and longer life is possible through socialism. An end to private property and class systems is the way for all to share equally in non destructive, negative, ways.
Yes do resist and even find personal freedom through limiting one’s consumption and participation in capitalist slavery. The owners of the world are 1,810 billionaires on the Forbes 2016 rich list that own $6.5 trillion, “as much wealth as the bottom 70 percent of humanity.” If you work for a living or are starving to death they still own you. But they are not the enemy, the capitalist system that produces them is the enemy. Leave the “idiots” alone and work in any possible way to destroy the capitalist system that psychopaths and sociopaths excel in, thanks to not feeling guilt or empathy.
It has become an either or, pressing situation. Either destruction of the human race as another failed species or adapting via socialism and having a future.