HAPPINESS MACHINES OR….

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“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

Edward Bernays Propaganda (1928)

The historical mission of capital is almost complete. You and me – the inside of our minds and bodies – these are the remaining areas of capital’s ongoing exploitation to homogenize the planet where the speed of monetary exchange is the only valued asset. The ultimate act of society.

 

All around the world people are forced by gunpoint or through manufactured consent to accept austerity measures, asked to make even more sacrifices, to work harder in specialized jobs that alienate them from each other and their means of production, make them more dependent on an external entity for daily sustenance, surveilled, manipulated and lied to by the spectacle.

 

The populations’ perpetual ignorance is shaped into reactionary and useful anger against other people of the same class and then possibly recruited to fight nationalist wars of aggression. Yet, we are not at war against terror, but are living in various terrorist zones within the affluent post-industrial civilization itself, perpetuated by the criminal class of the system.

A majority of the populace is too fearful in conducting a revolution from constant fear of repression from capital’s vicious agents (Police, domestic and international intelligence services, paramilitary, militia and vigilante groups, criminals/mob syndicates, right wing terrorists, agent provocateurs, national guard units, military and special forces, Homeland Security, bureaucratic nationalist unions that stifle workers self management, liberal reformist groups that placate militant worker struggles and attempt to improve the system of exploitation by making it hip)…

All layers meant to protect the sanctity of the free enterprise system.

And this is the truth we all know deep down – that NO laws, NO constitution will stop them – and once these entities who have justified their pillage feel threatened they will resort to anything to maintain their power.

Is this the true face of our future?

The military-financial-prison-virtual complex has fostered a coup d’ etat against the world. We are an ever expendable and expandable labor surplus – mental and physical slaves asked to perform menial tasks and to merely consume the cheap, toxic products with a smiley face.

What’s worse – they make us pay extra to heal ourselves.

So where is the real “hope”? Is it in the messianic BRAND image of a Barack Obama or the nostalgic Nazi mother cult of Sarah Palin? Someone used by the ruling class to push through its unpopular policies to bail out a way of life that consistently benefits the few at the expense of the multitude.   

How can one change it? We can’t, not overnight and not without a unified, heterogeneous world social movement against capitalism itself focused on self-management, the end of the wage, class, use value and a creation of a new social relation. The criminal class holding us hostage fears this awakening with all of their hearts…

But with such an insurmountable and utopian mountain to climb what can we do in the meantime?

To us – it is to understand human history…

Play the court jester, a contrarian or a devil’s advocate…

Puncture all myths, illusions, and lies in any way or means possible using whatever medium is available.

We must take to task any overt or veiled attempts at culturally justified greed, social Darwinism and exclusion, narcissism, blind nationalism, religious and sexual bigotry, racism and the extension of white privilege, the blind worship of irrational and reactionary emotions, the privatization of need and the end of the commons coupled with subverting and redefining the true essence of the green movement and trying to recuperate it into a viable economic model of growth. 

Collectively, we are fighting as singular individuals and communities who are attempting to withdraw from the system and to ultimately build non temporary autonomous zones that will share the created abundance of goods and services in an egalitarian manner.  

Comrades! Stay alert – move out of your comfort zone and engage with people, detach yourself from moral indignation, apathy and misanthropy so that we may all look at the world clearly for what it is and what it could become.

 

AHFA – Communique #3

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~ by figleafthemovie on April 2, 2009.

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