It’s Crunch Time for Capitalism

Runaway Toyotas are lethally crashing into concrete abutments.

An exploding coal mine and a burning oil rig both inflicted horrible mayhem, with the latter also unleashing a mammoth environmental disaster.

Our jobs are going out the window, leaving homes we can no longer afford to own, and the entire Greek working class is being shafted as a precursor for ordinary folks in all nations, just to save a few bankers’ greedy hides.

US streets are full of potholes, libraries are closing or reducing hours, schools are crumbling, and police and fire protection slides from bad to worse because of local governmental insolvency.

The obscenely rich don’t pay their proper share of taxes, not to mention fair wages for the workaday producers of all societal wealth.

What money we should be spending for human needs is instead squandered on endless wars and the roughly eight hundred military bases or active sites we operate around the planet, which justifiably generate increasing global hatred toward our country.

We’re faced with staggering inequity and injustice, but we’re asked to blame impoverished immigrants without documentation, who possess a hunger in their empty bellies that the rest of us have yet to experience, but surely will, if seamless working-class unity isn’t achieved.

Do straws in the wind have to become the size of hurricane-tossed tree branches before we can see what’s happening? Must the dots we should be connecting be iridescent orange and larger than medicine balls?

Or are we hopelessly hypnotized by diversionary GOP and Tea Party demagoguery?

Capitalism has run amok. It’s destroying everyone’s livelihoods and lives.

The system we were indoctrinated to blindly venerate in grammar school has proven to be a relentlessly pillaging, profiteering assault on public welfare, the common good, and Mother Earth, itself.

Our only salvation is to curb monopolies, bust trusts, enact worker and consumer protections with razor-sharp teeth, plus foster a prevailing mentality that environmental defense is absolutely key to universal survival.

If that can’t be achieved within a continuing capitalist context — which becomes more unlikely with each passing day — then aren’t we obligated to move toward a truly liberating super democracy that would give the overwhelming majority of adult Americans and their foreign peers — wage-earning workers everywhere — the decisive say over their own existence?

No longer would Jesus-offending, mammon-worshipping Fat Cats run things and grow rich at our painful expense.

No longer would Main Street jobs, homes, and pensions be cruelly sacrificed at Dow Jones’ ungodly altar.

We need to speak with one, reverberatingly loud voice that can’t possibly be ignored.

Either make the system serve this nation’s and the world’s laboring backbone, or face the eventual prospect of a complete takeover by the people themselves, of their mines, mills, and factories, consistent with revolutionary rights mandated by dire need.

Grim reality provides stark evidence of how intolerable the status quo has become. The sinister truth is literally lapping our ankles as we stroll Gulf Coast beaches.

It’s crunch time for capitalism.

Can it change its destructive character today, or must workers seize control tomorrow and show everyone what finally has to be done?

Dennis Rahkonen, from Superior, Wisconsin, has been writing progressive commentary with a Heartland perspective for various outlets since the '60s. Read other articles by Dennis.

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  1. Rehmat said on May 25th, 2010 at 10:29am #

    India’s internationally known author and anti-war activist Arundhati Roywas interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Know! on March 22, 2010 in which she blasted Obama’s “good wars” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Capitalism – and called democracy “the biggest scam in the world”.

  2. lichen said on May 25th, 2010 at 4:25pm #

    Yes, Arundhati called the advertising/corporate-driven representative “democracy” a scam–she however acknowledges that real, direct, participatory democracy, in the home, in the workplace, in the community and on up is desperately needed.

  3. JE said on May 25th, 2010 at 4:42pm #

    Capitalism has run amok? As if to imply it ever ran smoothly…well maybe for the elites.

    Sounds like more liberal bullshit to me….if we only gave the government more power that would solve things….

  4. Don Hawkins said on May 25th, 2010 at 4:44pm #

    Our amazing intelligence seems to have outstripped our instinct for survival. We plunder the earth hoping that accumulating material surplus will make up for the profound, unfathomable thing that we have lost. Arundhati Roy

    Rehmat Arundhati Roy is clear and in simple terms see’s and rehmat Arundhati Roy said you have millions of people carrying other people’s shit on there head’s. Interesting way to put it and for us here in the States not carrying shit on our head’s but in our head’s. Interesting read indeed.

    If advanced spacefaring aliens exploit resources like humans we’d better hope they don’t find us anytime soon. Hawking

    What do you think on what Hawking said 11th or 12th grade thinking is it.

  5. Don Hawkins said on May 25th, 2010 at 5:18pm #

    Today on CNBC one of the people who work for CNBC on something called Power Lunch, power lunch must be a wall street term said Obama needs the Bank’s, Wall Street more than the Bank’s, Wall Street need him to get reelected. Fascinating thing to say.


    Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. Look’s good on paper.

  6. bozh said on May 25th, 2010 at 6:07pm #

    The following simplicity elucidates the relationship btwn, broadly specifying, masters of war-people and people:
    The clerico-noble- ancient and today`s- rulers have told us by word and deed that not all people will ever rejoice-enjoy life equally.
    The masters of war-people-animals have told us over and over again that if u try to do away with the ancient and present relationship btwn rulers and ruled-over, u will be either killed, maimed, tortured, exiled, or incarcerated.

    Even jesus, or s`mone put words in his mouth, had proclaimed that we will always have poor amongst us. The mad priests don`t explain why the almighty wld allow that kind of evil.

    But, of course, priests need poverty badly for own aims: dictatorship over serfs and easy living. So do nobles! Because, they can crow how lazy, stupid poor people are and proclaiming that they are poor solely because of these two factors; while they are diligent, capable, deserving and are solely responsible for the greatness of america. tnx

  7. Don Hawkins said on May 26th, 2010 at 4:09am #

    Bozh are you awake yet sent this to CNBC this morning


    Watching CNN and a few people at the Gulf this morning. The words at the bottom of my TV read fighting toxic with toxic. That does bring up an interesting question drum beat please is it a good idea to keep moving small minor tiny little problems into the future like say to 2012. The toxic these human’s are spraying into the Gulf from what I understand can cause nerve damage can we think of any other toxic a clue look’s good on paper as a few run like frightened little mice to a secure location. That’s not true oh yes it is. Just trying to help with say new talk and your guest’s rebels and icons little God’s that are so much different than the little God’s we know of in say the past 3,000 years. Fighting toxic with toxic pure genius brilliant in it’s simplicity and we thought today was going to be easy a walk in the park no pressure well then again a ton per square inch better know as PSI is a lot but compared to say a collapsing Star a drop in the bucket. I see the World from both sides now…..going to go sweep the shop now and think about the masters of the Universe and have fun doing it although I have to admit it does have it’s moments. A moment in time a blink of an eye.

    If advanced spacefaring aliens exploit resources like humans we’d better hope they don’t find us anytime soon. Hawking

    A blink of an eye


  8. bozh said on May 26th, 2010 at 5:59am #

    Don, am awake. My small head, tho, is still in bed. Blessed she be for she knows nothing! Oh, how good it wld feel to be stupid! tnx

  9. Deadbeat said on May 26th, 2010 at 7:24pm #

    Our only salvation is to curb monopolies, bust trusts, enact worker and consumer protections with razor-sharp teeth, plus foster a prevailing mentality that environmental defense is absolutely key to universal survival.

    Been there done that and it didn’t work. Perhaps we need to rethink the whole monetary based system.

  10. mary said on May 27th, 2010 at 3:11am #

    Suggested read – John Michael Greer –

    ‘The irony, and it’s a rich one, is that our collective refusal to follow the lead of those who urged us to learn how to get by with less has not spared us the necessity of doing exactly that. That’s the problem, ultimately, with driving headlong at a brick wall; you can stop by standing on the brake pedal, or you can stop by hitting the wall, but either way, you’re going to stop.’

    and a comment thereon at medialens from a sagacious Welshman.