Capitalism Causes Racism (leaflet)
Capitalism makes us all meaningless commodities to be exploited or discarded. In this fashion it kills empathy: We can’t care about others while competing against them. Our rich overlords, the 1% of 1%, divide us to fight in riots or wars, based on minor differences in skin color, language, religion, whatever. The rich don’t want us to notice that they’re the most different of all.
Things are getting worse in late-stage capitalism. Rents and taxes go up. Pensions are stolen. We fear for our very survival; we’re constantly looking for our next gig. And we’re told to blame it all on “them.”
Growing inequality is not an accident, but an inevitable consequence of not sharing: Trade gives greatest benefit to the trader already in the stronger bargaining position.
Power corrupts, as the Stanford Prison Experiment proved. We are ruled by psychopaths. Gilens and Page proved statistically in 2014 that the rich get the public policies they want and the rest of us don’t, regardless of elections.
Racism is bullying. Nazis made a philosophy of that: “It is right for the strong to rule the weak.” Such notions of obedience to hierarchical authority completely obliterate the human spirit of creativity, cooperation, friendship, and love, the best things in life. We need to find ourselves, and each other.
2017 Oct 28, version 2.01. Written to be distributed at anti-racism rallies.