Getting things done

Communities are breaking down; traditional ways of life are being destroyed; identities drawn into question; solidarity undermined; egoism unleashed.

Some say the days of capitalism are finally numbered – the capitalist era will give way to socialism; question is why? will it be superseded because of its economic failures or in spite of its economic triumphs?

The current social crisis has made socialism more attractive than ever; many still treating it as some kind of religion, a plan of salvation, a vision of an earthly paradise;  the formulation of popular superstitions.

The defenders of capitalism are a distinct psychological type:  hedonistic, self-interested in maximising their own well-being, inspired by their dream to found a private kingdom, even better, a transgenerational dynasty.

Creating, getting things done, exercising ones energy are their motives: “effort”, the “will to power”, the “will to domination”, terms used in the philosophical debate; financial gains as an index of individual success and victory.

Utilitarianism and the collective good are seen as a complete (scientific) failure since its rationalistic conception of the individual’s behaviour, striving for superiority and status, and of social institutions in general, are radically wrong.

Contradictions remain: has freedom become a mere market value, a tool of mass control? Making us docile? Distracting us from the possibility of a richer life? Do tangible, immediate gratifications of desires, the sheer quantity of goods and services, make the system worth defending while simultaneously defusing revolutionary sentiments?

It seems as long as the capitalist system keeps us subjugated by persuading us only it can satisfy our (falsely created) needs and wants, socialism will have to wait.

Getting things done_

December 2017