Anarchists make me mad. Socialist anarchists, I mean – the “real” Anarchists that think capitalism is to blame for all of the world’s woes.
I was over at make/shift the other day and I read that “violence against capital and violence against an individual are not the same thing.” I argued, but no one over there listens to me.
The comment above mine was beautifully written so I followed the link to see what Green Scribe had to say. I read her most recent post, which I agreed with, until I got to this:
We’re too busy running in the hamster wheel of capitalism, making money, paying off debt, racking up more, buying newer and bigger things, watching TV, following the love lives of celebrities and the fictional crimes of court TV. Corporate fortunes weren’t made by accident – credit cards and mortgages have given America no time to think, only time to work for the stuff – they have given us consumer ADD, and then obligated us to pay into it for the rest of our lives. Our consent…
has been manufactured.
I cannot agree with Green Scribe’s perspective. Nothing can make us run in a hamster wheel because we are not hamsters. The Anarchists say “capitalism”, but they may as well say “Satan” or “the dark side”. Capitalism is not actually an abstract evil power.
Credit cards, consumerism, debt – of course I recognise that they are real problems. The fact that credit card companies and banks are not exercising enough corporate responsibility – I agree that is a real problem too. And that the media are intentionally distracting people from the real political and economic issues. And that the economy in The Amerika is shit right now and people are suffering because of it.
Where the Anarchists seem to be missing the mark is that they refuse to put any blame at all on the people themselves. They claim that the people are merely victims. But if Americans are watching 4.5 hours of television every day, that is their own fault. If people are so caught up in consumerism that they cannot tell the difference between want and need, that is their own fault. I have an aunt who is unhappy and tries to relieve her misery by buying things, and her six-figure credit card debt is entirely her own fault.
Dear Anarchists, there is blame on every side. I would like you to stop trying to put 100% of the blame on the evil capitalists and admit that not everyone is forced into debt. I want you to admit that very often people simply act stupidly and irresponsibly. And please realise that if you really want to solve a problem, you must first correctly identify what that problem is.