"Five men can produce bread for a thousand. One man can produce cotton cloth for two hundred and fifty people, woolens for three hundred, and boots
and shoes for a thousand. One would conclude from this that under a capable management of society modern civilized man would be a great deal better
off than the cave-man. But is he? Let us see. In the United States to-day there are fifteen million people living in poverty; and by poverty is meant
that condition in life in which, through lack of food and adequate shelter, the mere standard of working efficiency cannot be maintained."
“No other conclusion is possible than that the capitalist class has mismanaged, that you have mismanaged, my masters, that you have criminally and
selfishly mismanaged…You have failed in your management. You have made a shambles of civilization. You have been blind and greedy.”
-Ernest Everhard 'The Iron Heel'- Jack London
Jack London wrote 'The Iron Heel' in 1908. It was the first 'dystopian novel' and was written 40 years before Orwell wrote 1984. It was obviously
clear that capitalism was unsustainable over one hundred years ago in 1908. The mega-rich have criminally and selfishly mismanaged our taxdollars and
our society. The robber baron corporatists, banksters and mega-rich have taken so much from society and given back so little. The mega-rich have put
such a strain on society that the entire western world now faces the grim reality of a future of brutal Austerity and a lower standard of living.
Civilization is a shambles when the mega-rich live like gods while half of the population of the worlds wealthy superpower, the United States,
survives on 'food stamps'.
The 'advanced' western nations have exploited the 'developing' nations under global imperial capitalism a great deal since WW2. Now that the
'emerging' nations are starting to beat the 'advanced' nations at their own game, the 'advanced' nations are looking to exploit their own people.
Austerity on middle/low socio economic individuals and families is not the solution. The middle class is the engine of any economy, not the robber
baron 'job creators'.
Government waste, government incompetence, government productivity and government accountabilty should all be a focus. Western Governments are doing
an abysmal job of running our economies. We can all run a budget. Why cant our governments? They waste on themselves. They waste on their mega-rich
backers. They waste on band aid solutions. They waste on crowd pleaser, short gain policy. They waste on counter productive policy. All western
governments can make cuts and be more efficient before attacking the poor and middle class.
The poor, the middle class and the wealthy have not put a strain on society or created the current conditions where we are on the brink of another
GFC. The mega-rich and the corporatists are to blame. The entire western world could end up just like Greece. We face losing the gains that we have
made and going backwards. The mega-rich have created the mess, not the middle class workers. The mega-rich want to lower living conditions for the
rest of us so they can continue to live like gods.
We need Austerity for the mega-rich We need to take back our governments from incompetent duopolist corporatist politicians.
Jack Londons 'The Iron Heel' is an awesome book. The book is about the unsustainabilty of capitalism but it is also about how corporations or
'monopoly trusts' dominate and exploit the people. The book was written 100 years ago but the themes are more relevant today than when it was
Jack London was right. Capitalism did fail us.
The Oligarchy are the largest monopoly trusts (or robber barons) who manage to squeeze out the middle class by bankrupting most small to mid-sized
business as well as reducing all farmers to effective serfdom. This Oligarchy maintains power through a "labor caste" and the Mercenaries
This would precipitate a brutal counter-reaction, with capitalists preserving their power by discarding democracy and instituting a brutal
repressive regime. Although this exact scenario never came to pass in the US, where the Socialist Party remained small and marginal, events closely
followed London's script elsewhere – for example in Chile in 1973, where the government of Socialist president Salvador Allende was overthrown by a
CIA backed coup and forces led by General Augusto Pinochet, prompting later publishers of London's book to use a cover illustration depicting a poster
of Allende being ground beneath the heel of a boot.
The Iron Heel is a great book. Jack London was a great socialist. Londons brand of socialism is on display in the book and its the kind I like.
Logical,sensible socialism. Many of todays socialists are just liberals. Socialism is not liberalism. Socialism is strong. Socialism is realistic.
Socialism is logical. Socialism is efficient. Socialism is fair. Socialism is the solution.
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