Poisoning an open mind

You know, I was open to what they were saying, thinking that maybe this time I’ll read something different from the socialist front (and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense, except if you read it that way, but there isn’t much I can do about that) but then I read the words:

Have social movements limited capitalist oppression recently

Suddenly my open mind recoiled, and quite honestly, I got pissed. I’m not a hard-core capitalist, because I believe more in social systems that adapt and change according to circumstances, and I acknowledge that capitalism isn’t necessarily as adaptable as I hoped. But on the other hand, I think that it’s more likely to change than most social systems out there, not out of some “social justice,” but because it must change due to circumstances, or in all honesty out-right greed.

As is obvious, I don’t believe in the myth of “social justice” nor any of the other terms I come across while doing research on the environmental movement. You’ve seen me rant about these before, so I’m not going to belabor that point; just look at my politics category if you really want to abuse yourself that way.

No, instead I’m going to talk about the delusions around the “grassroots movements” (which will be called GMs by me.) As I was reading that article, I got the feeling that he thought GMs were the holy grail for the political-economic spectrum, as if GMs were going to save us all (OK, I’m probably exaggerating on this, but honestly I’m not finishing that article, because I really don’t care what he has to say.) I do remember him talking about GM resistance to the capitalist system, yada yada yada. That point of view completely neglects the fact that the GM movement can be coopted and turned just as “oppressive” as capitalism. Do I really need to point out examples in history?

You know what? Instead of looking at capitalism as the enemy, why don’t you instead learn from it, adapt to its strong points and mitigate its weak points. Yes, I know that growth-based metric is a weak foundation to base an economy on, but think of ways to keep people employed without forsaking the market-based flexibility that has gotten us to the tech level we’re at today. Tearing down economic systems tends to be a bad idea, because rebuilding economies is damn near impossible in this day and age.

As I finish this, I realized, “Hey, this is bullshit.” Eh, I’ll get over it.

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