The Manifesto of the Capitalist Party

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Less Than 70
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Introduction

A specter is haunting America, the “Specter of Capitalism.” All the powers of old America–Perry and Gingrich, Occupy Together and President Obama–have united into an unholy alliance to exorcise America of this specter.

Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as capitalistic by its opponents in power? Where is the party that has not hurled back the branding reproach of capitalism against the more decadent opposition parties and radical adversaries?

Two answers result from these questions:

  1. Capitalism is already acknowledged by all the powers in the United States as a power.
  2. It is high time the Capitalists should openly, in the face of the whole Republic, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the so-called “Specter of Capitalism” with a manifesto of the party itself.

Vultures and Looters

The history of all hitherto existing society is a history of class struggle. The super-rich and rich, financier and entrepreneur, monarch and lord,  the .01% and the 1%; in other words, oppressor and oppressor. In earlier epochs of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement , a manifold gradation of social rank. Modern society has not done away with these gradations. It has but established new ones: those who oppress and those who oppress more.

Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great patron classes–Vultures and Looters.

The Vultures derive wealth from gambling on the success and failure of productive labor. The Looters manipulate market forces to their own financial advantage in order to expropriate the wealth of companies, communities, and families.

A subtle distinction between these classes exists in the nature of their exploitation. Vultures take advantage of failures that may or may not have been in existence a priori. Looters create the conditions necessary for  failure. Looters are Vultures with purpose.

Looters and Capitalists

In what relations do the Capitalists stand to Looters as a whole?

Capitalists are distinguished from other free-market parties–Libertarians, Tea Partiers, Republicans, Conservatives–by this only: the accumulation of financial wealth is the ultimate expression of personal liberty. The Capitalists are, on the one hand, the most resolute section of the oppressor classes of every country, that section which subjugates the needs of the many to satisfy the greed of the few. The immediate aim of the Capitalists is the same as that of all other free-market parties: formation of all oppressors into a single class, the corrosion of social justice, the commoditization of the human person, and complete control of the political process.

The distinguishing feature of Capitalism is not so much the accumulation of wealth; rather, it is the process by which wealth is accumulated. In a sense, the theory of Capitalism may be summed up in a single sentence: Do unto others in order to maximize profit.

We Capitalists have been reproached with the desire to harness greed in order to acquire the fruit of another man’s own labor. Capital is the collective product of the united action of all members of society. Capital is a social power. To tap into that power, it must be appropriated and converted into private property.

Let us now take Liberty.

Wealth, then, gains individuality while man loses it. But what man loses in individuality, he gains in wealth! A man is a man only to the extent that man has wealth. Man has Liberty only to the extent that man has wealth. Liberty, then, is a commodity that is purchased.

You are horrified at our intending to do away with humanity. But in your existing society, humanity is already done away with for the millions who live in poverty. They do not belong to unions, fraternal organizations, political parties, or civic societies. They have no voice, they have no legislative agenda. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with humanity. Precisely so; that is just what we intend.

From the moment humanity becomes a commodity, that is, when it can be converted into wealth, you say individuality vanishes. Capitalism does not allow individuality to vanish. rather, it allows individuality to be purchased! Individuality becomes simply another market to be manipulated in order to maximize wealth.

Capitalism provides man with the power to subjugate the labor of others by means of wealth and the Liberty it buys. Capitalism ensures that the oppressors are able to engage in idleness, nurturing sloth from the virtue of greed.

The Capitalist way of exploitation also engenders a culture of meaningless toil such as that found in a soulless machine.

Our ideas are the logical outgrowth of consumption that drives progress. Private gain–that is, progress–is driven by the accumulation of things, which in turn, confers status, and therefore, entry into the Capitalist class. As has been stated previously, there can be no Liberty without capital, no capital without exploitation. Thus, the subjugation of the human element is a necessary condition for the Liberation of the Capitalist.

The Liberation of the Capitalist is the most reactionary espousal with traditional property relations and, therefore, with the most traditional ideas.

The Capitalists will use their political supremacy to monopolize social wealth, restrict Liberty to only those who can afford it, and increase the total productivity of their assets.

The following measures, then, are applicable for the Liberation of the Capitalist:

  1. Monopolization of all property and application of rents of land to private purposes.
  2. No taxation of any kind.
  3. The inheritance of private debt from one generation to the next.
  4. The dismantling of private and public health insurance.
  5. The establishment of debtor prisons.
  6. Privatization of the media.
  7. The repeal of all regulatory legislation.
  8. The suspension of human rights, except the right to work.
  9. The expulsion of the poor into isolated communities.
  10. An end to public education.

When, in the course of development, the distinctions among oppressors have disappeared and all wealth has been monopolized by the few, the State will become irrelevant. In its place, we shall have a common discord, in which the free development of the elite follows the forced retardation of all.

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