Tag: capitalist morality

The “crypto revolt” and working class youth

18 April, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Bitcoin Conference in Miami. A landmark event for the "crypto revolt".
Bitcoin Conference in Miami. A landmark event for the "crypto revolt".

Hundreds of thousands of young people from working families live the fantasy of a “crypto revolt”. They hope that the autonomy and personal development denied to them on the labor market will be brought to them by a speculative game.

“Abundant futures”: the anti-human gaze of a historically exhausted system

14 April, 2022 · Plastic Arts

Artwork by Ernesto Neto in "Abundant Futures", an artist who has spent the last few years focused on creating immersive works about fertility and the female reproductive system.
Artwork by Ernesto Neto in "Abundant Futures", an artist who has spent the last few years focused on creating immersive works about fertility and the female reproductive system.

undant Futures” of the “TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art” collection, however, clearly shows that neither the Art of the bourgeoisie nor its most “sensitive” members can even imagine a decent future for the human species whose social work they organize. For them abundance means scarcity just as peace means war.

The limits of humor

3 April, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Limits of humor

The aftermath of the Will Smith affair in the USA and the Nobel Peace Prize proposal for “Katiba des Narvalos” in France enlighten us on the role and limits of humor and its relationship with the state.

Social morality and the propaganda machine

30 March, 2022 · Morality

Social morality and the propaganda machine
Social morality and the propaganda machine

Social morality and the propaganda machine combine and feed each other in a game of hypocrisy and barbarism. This week the media reaction to a slap at the Oscars, the silences of feminism over Ukraine, the claims of European farmers or the drifts of the anti-war movement in Russia, made it clear to us: nothing but inhumanity and decadence can be expected from the ruling class nor the petty bourgeoisie.

Consumerism and its morality: 3 examples and 4 consequences

6 January, 2022 · Critique of ideology

consumerism

Consumerism is the ideology which claims that consumption is the center and driving force of social life and that the individual’s consumption choices are what define his or her position in the world. The backbone of the ideology of capitalism during its decadence, consumerism strongly permeates the morality that the system and its propaganda exude, aggravating the mercantile degradation of human relations and… neutering any frustration expressed through it.

Vaccines: “My body, my choice”?

30 November, 2021 · Critique of ideology

"My body, my choice" as a "women's right" ... not to be vaccinated.
"My body, my choice" as a "women's right" ... not to be vaccinated.

Infections are on the rise again and the impact of new variants is feared. But European governments are encountering increasingly violent resistance to the “Covid passport” requirement. The old feminist slogan “My body, my choice,” accepted as the moral dogma of the vaccination campaign by the governments themselves now undermining public health.

An anti-human parenting model

15 October, 2021 · Critique of ideology

parenting

In France, the media are shaking their heads at the views, some of them frankly anti-human, reflected in polls taken among high school students. In Germany, meanwhile, the current models of upbringing, generalized from the basic school in the last decades, are being called into question. Not just the educational and school model, but the whole ideology of upbringing is proving to be socially and humanly destructive.

Mental health and the workers

30 September, 2021 · Global situation · Morality

mental health

France will reimburse mental health appointments; in Spain a law is being prepared pledging to establish and equip a care system that today offers little more than waiting lists and drugs in the midst of an epidemic causing more than 200 suicide attempts daily and in a context in which 2 million people are on daily anxiolytics. But no law is going to stop the grinder into which living and working conditions have turned. Only collective organization and struggle can achieve that.

Labor “shortages”, trade unions and workers’ morality

28 September, 2021 · Morality

Gas station in Britain yesterday
Gas station in Britain yesterday

In Britain, the shortage of drivers at the wages offered by companies is already affecting 30% of British petrol stations and the government is starting to mobilize military drivers. It is a striking case because of how it reveals the chaos created by this productive system, but it is far from being unique: the entire American and European press complains about an alleged labor shortage. But the British experience and the behavior of the unions throughout this speaks volumes and says a lot about workers, their ethos/morality and the alternatives we face.

The end of the centrality of work?

24 September, 2021 · Morality

Shift change in a Cambodian factory
Shift change in a Cambodian factory

After the pandemic confinements and the sharp rise in unemployment throughout 2020, the rebound in U.S. hires was accompanied for workers by inflation above wage hikes and reductions in working hours. Meanwhile, the corporate petty bourgeoisie was reluctant to move back to the office and less than 20% of the corporate bourgeoisie was considering a return to business as usual. Now they are dumping on us a “new” moral discourse on work: they tell us that the former discourse wasn’t so important after all, that the centrality of work was a reactionary illusion.

The degeneration of written language

3 August, 2021 · Morality

Degeneration of written language

A statistical study conducted at Princeton University that uses the contents of 14 million books in English, German and Spanish as its source material has just been published. The study spotted verbal patterns typical of each language which indicated “cognitive distortions” associated with depression, anxiety and pathological pessimism. The researchers’ hypothesis is that this degeneration of written language reflects how “entire societies may become more or less depressed over time.” They are not misguided.”

Modern Love

30 July, 2021 · Transmedia

Modern Love
Modern Love

“Modern Love” is The New York Times’ most widely read cultural column in both English and Spanish. It is also one of the paper’s most-listened-to podcasts and since 2019 a series on Prime with luxury casts that will premiere its second season this August. In the form of “life stories” and with exquisite editing of the texts, the 17 years of “Modern Love” are not just television material, but a true prospective of the evolution of American morality and bourgeois culture, its lacunae and its aftermath.

Nomadland

24 May, 2021 · Arts and enterteinment

Nomadland
Nomadland

Nomadland, directed by Chloe Zhao, won the this years’ Oscar for Best Picture. The novelty: it acknowledges the existence of workers and the precariousness they experience. The question: why did it win?

Is there a crisis of religion?

4 April, 2021 · Churches and religions

The Pope, yesterday. Is there a crisis of religion?
The Pope, yesterday. Is there a crisis of religion?

The crisis of religion in Europe is becoming glaringly obvious despite aggressive proselytizing by Protestant churches in neighborhoods. Belief surveys show a consistent long-term trend that even this year’ s pandemic and precarization angst seems unlikely to change. However, the atomization and loneliness on which these religions have always thrived keeps on rising more than ever, so it is time to ask ourselves whether we are really facing a crisis of religion or just a crisis of its most atavistic forms, replaced by something perhaps even worse.

Pandemic fatigue: a communist perspective

10 February, 2021 · Morality

Suddenly, a presumed psychological syndrome, pandemic fatigue, is all over the media. Public TV stations give advice on how to curb it, private ones tell us that 60% of the population is suffering from it. In the newspapers, opinion columns are coming one after another, with varying degrees of wit. The characteristic barrage of all media campaigns never stops, it goes on and on and reaches the fashion magazines and professional newsletters. It’s not innocent and far from helping, it aggravates the situation.

Can the “death” of a business be compared to that of a person?

18 January, 2021 · Morality

Restaurant and bar owners today in Spain, mourning for their businesses.

Had we been able to read today’s press only a year ago, we would not have believed it. Are the measures against a pandemic that has taken away tens of thousands of people weighed against the closure of bars and small stores… is this not outrageous? The fact that hoteliers are demonstrating by equating the death of their bars to people’ s deaths?

The morality of the outraged versus ours

9 January, 2021 · Morality

Even before organizing, educating, discussing or agitating, it is time for something more basic: do not be afraid to go head on against the inconsequential indignation, do not accept the unarticulated complaint or the rage that does not seek understanding; it is not enough to be against the existing conditions, it is not enough to express detachment or courage. All this is also true of suicidal trumpists. None of this stops the breakdown by itself.

Tenet

6 January, 2021 · Movies

The bad guys in Tenet, unsurprisingly, are our class. And no surprise either, our existence is denied throughout the entire timeline, we only keep a probabilistic existence in that possible future they fear so much, possible if we keep struggling today.

Culture and the pandemic

3 December, 2020 · Global situation

The more contradictions the system suffers, the more difficult it is to maintain accumulation, the more it needs to atomize and deny us as a class. In doing so, it also destroys what would allow us to better resist the daily consequences of such exploitation: from solidarity among friends and neighbors to family relations, to such basic things as eating decently or keeping our morals up. One cannot separate struggles in the workplace from action in the neighborhoods to defend ourselves from the effects of atomization and to strengthen our capacity for grouping and resistance.

A morale of victory?

28 October, 2020 · Morality

The “Morale of Victory” narrative is not just a discourse on the overall level of morale or stamina. It is a discourse on morality. It is the state separating the good guys -who resist and sacrifice themselves- from the bad guys, a bunch of selfish and defeatist cynics.

Four Keys to Overcome Fear and Overcome Slaughter

1 October, 2020 · Morality

EU food aid distributed in France.The banner reads "Products EAFD". The EAFD is the "European Fund to help the most Disadvantaged".

Under the grammar of the fear of unemployment and poverty what they call economy -the accumulation of capital- has been revealed as an arithmetic of slaughter. But everything that is presented to us as “superhuman forces”, unbeatable, inexorable… is not.

The pandemic and the morality of the ruling class

21 September, 2020 · Spain

President of Madrid, Ayuso, with the President of Spaiin, Sánchez.

Now we have a rising epidemic and an accelerated crisis. Will they see in the situation of the workers a human need to be satisfied or will they see in it the forces of scarcity preparing the way for us to «freely» accept the «reforms» that they have been trying to impose for years?

The morality of a meat grinder

8 July, 2020 · Morality

Donald and Melania Trump in an even on school reopening.

The antagonism of interests between capital and workers, between accumulation and life, is also a moral antagonism.

Slaughter in the nursing homes

2 April, 2020 · Spain

The massacre of the residences is a very clear expression of how the objectives and incentives of[accumulation are opposed to the most basic human needs. The result is a bloody incompetence from the point of view of something as basic as the protection of human lives, but in reality, it has been “exemplary” from the point of view of the placement of capital and its profitability. Covid has spread and swept through them precisely because they were efficient for the purposes for which they were created.