As of midnight last night millions of Americans have seen their last paycheck in the form of unemployment payments. It has become crystal clear that the “conservatives” are bound and determined to dismantle all the social safety nets that allowed capitalism to work at all and that the concept of a “middle class” and the nuclear family organizational basis can no longer be relied upon.
Since the 1930’s there has been a constant effort on the part of the right to make socialism an evil concept and capitalism the symbol of good. It’s time to say it outright, the “right” lies, they lie about almost everything.
“Historic” retrospects of the hippy movement almost all paint that movement as failed, hopelessly naive and “Utopian”, also redefined as hopelessly naive. It was not, I know, I was there, I was part of it. We did the impossible, we set up and ran a completely independant economy and social structure and the establishment corporate capitalists did everything in their power to bring it down. It depended on what I call Goddess Consciousness, the knowledge, not faith, that all life is interdependent. That we are stewards of our planet not exploiters of it and that we all are each other’s keeper…..and that is socialism. The formation of labour unions in the 30’s was collective bargaining. That is socialism. Social security is socialism as is Medicare. Are these evils? hardly. They are manifestations of the idea that we do have a personal responsibility and a collective one to provide for each other as best we can.
The nightly news tells us that corporate profits are at an all time high as of this last quarter and yet our unemployment rate remains at close to ten percent (and actually much higher when you factor in those who already gave up participation and are already homeless). Corporate capitalism owns both political parties in the US and you cannot expect anything remotely like compassion from it because it exists just to enrich itself with no conscious. It is institutionalized sociopathy.
If the former middle class and the poor are to survive in a corporate capitalistic society it must provide for itself and not be dependent on that capitalism. We need the counter culture again and must build it ourselves and defend it as our basic human right. We have to awaken the Goddess within ourselves and build tribal, communal and collective units once again. This is the only system of human organization that can sustain itself. We live in a world where we now can live tribally and think and act globally, the cusp of a brave new world.
Get together with those you share basic values with and build new extended families of collective living. Give up the idea that you are independent from each other, you are not. Learn the old ways of doing. Teach yourselves how to do small scale horticultural, weaving, woodworking and trade the fruits of your labour with others willing to do the same. Drop out of corporate capitalism if you wish to survive because we are already in a great depression that promises to be worse than the last one. During the last depression, those who did best were in extended family units, think the Waltons, within close knit communities that looked out for each other. This is what is needed now.