Recently we have received a communiqué from an expatriate comrade:
If your life is being financially destroyed by the [capitalist aristocrats] anyhow, there’s really not much reason to avoid repaying them ashes on the dollar. With 10.5% of all homes already delinquent or in default, what are the banks going to do when people simply refuse to leave or pay for them, beg the Feds to put 6.6 million homeowners in jail? And who is going to pay the costs of their imprisonment?
In 2008, the [capitalists and aristocrats] tore the veil of the unwritten American social contract that permitted our [capitalist] economy to function. While the deck was always stacked to the benefit of the [capitalists and aristocrats], it wasn’t always so egregious. But in ramming through TARP and the bailouts over the furious objections of the American [proletariat], they shattered the illusion of relative fairness. So now, they have absolutely no response when the American [proletariat] stop playing a game that is stacked so heavily against them. The parasites came to believe they were invaluable and in doing so forgot the very first rule of parasitism: do not harm the host.
It’s almost surely too late to salvage the present financial system, but it is still worth attempting to restore the broken American social contract. The first step in doing so is to follow the Market Ticker’s advice of arresting, prosecuting and asset-stripping every member of the [capitalist class] that can be proven to have committed criminal fraud over the last decade. The second step is to audit the Federal Reserve and open the books to the [proletariat]. The third step is to unwind the banking bailouts and tax all of the [capitalists] 100 percent while making it clear that no such bailouts will ever be permitted to take place again. These measures will be totally unacceptable to the [capitalist] class, but the alternative will be much worse for everyone.
The vast majority of Americans are never going to bulldoze their houses. But millions of them – or rather, tens of millions more – are simply going to stop paying their debts and transform themselves from [workers] into [novelists and bloggers]. The time for playing economic charades is over, everyone knows that the system is crumbling because they can see the signs of it all around them. Extend and pretend simply isn’t an option anymore and the risks of refusing to deal with reality are only going to continue to grow with time.
¡Todos somos pingüinos!
Oh yeah . . . everybody get in line for the sacrificial victim cry-in. The whole “going John Galt” shtick is such a farce. If these self-centered windbags are all that important, let them go somewhere where they can really show off their “self-reliance,” like the interior of Alaska.
For some reason, ever since its publication huge numbers of overrated, conceited, codependent losers have taken Atlas Shrugged as a special revelation from the Reason Fairy, a kind of instruction manual for extorting more extravagant gains from their government sugar daddy, instead of seeing it realistically as a parody of the Bolshevik wannabes in bourgeois European democracies.
In a 1936 novel, We the Living, a stand-in for Rand tells a Bolshevik with blood-chilling candor, “I loathe your ideals. I admire your methods.” [Capitalism’s Wicked Witch]
Not one of these crybabies deserves everything they own. All of them have received far more from the society of “parasites” that they despise than has ever been taken from them in taxes. They are a bunch of spoiled brats who should all be shipped off to a frontier town until they learn the real meaning of work.
Rand left no real heirs, since as Burns writes, “Objectivism as a philosophy left no room for elaboration, extension or interrelation, and as a social world it excluded growth, change, or development.” Although she despised libertarians, her influence on their movement has been profound. Burns, though, pinpoints the unbridgeable gulf between Rand and conservatives: “Whereas traditional conservatism emphasized duties, responsibilities, and social interconnectedness, at the core of the right-wing ideology that Rand spearheaded was a rejection of moral obligation to others.” [Capitalism’s Wicked Witch]
Yet, still we see comfort-loving, capital-enhanced provocateurs making these shrill cries for a pseudo-anarchist uprising. Not since the doped-up hippie college kids of the 1960s has the US seen so much fake revolutionary fervor from the privileged classes. It is completely disgusting to me.