Capitalists and ropes
August 29, 2017
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How does this square with accelerationism? The forces of capitalism and the market feeding themselves into a self-catalytic process by which humans and their talents are consumed to form… Genderqueer Maoism?
A lot of people are completely focused in economics, like Marxists, libertarians or accelerationists. And yes, the economy is very important. Marx was an improvement over the religion-centered theories of history which preceded him. And the short-lived race-centered theories were worse. Yes, the economy is hugely important. It’s one great pole of human society. How people organize to make stuff and exchange it can explain a great deal of what society is and does.
But there’s another one pole. Violence. Or in other words, politics. How people organize to break stuff and kill people. That is also hugely important, and it explains a great deal of what society is and does. And it’s always there. Violence is always there. You may not be interested in war, but Trotsky is, so you better be too.
Politics and the economy are obviously related. You need to make weapons before using them. And the other way around: what you are allowed to make and how to exchange it depends on those guys with guns. Yin-yang, folks.
Politics and Economics are bound together. They cannot live separately, as much as they’d like to. Politics can’t do as it please, if people won’t make stuff for it. The communists realized that the hard way. But economics can’t do as it please either. The guys with guns won’t let them. Capitalism won’t consume everything for its own purposes. It has no purpose. It can only work in the small range that Politics allows it to. Right now, capitalism can consume everything, as long as it’s for the benefit of advancing the holy cause of Marriage Equality, Transexual Toilet Rights *and* Protecting Muslim Feelings.
What’s scary is that capitalism can work with that. And make money. Oh well. Skynet is going to be very queer.