Monday, September 15, 2008

Rejoice! The Beast is Mortally Wounded

Lehman Brothers is dead. Bear Stearns is dead. Merrill Lynch is dead.

Let's celebrate!

The ugly monster of capitalism has finally gorged itself on so many victims that it bust a gut. As you read this, the intestinal breech is leaking putrid waste throughout the beast's system, poisoning its major organs and ensuring its death within a generation.

"What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers."

Marx was right. Rand was a fool. And Rand's acolytes, Friedman and Greenspan, have been nothing more than pitchmen for a pyramid scheme.

Those of us who still have use of our brains know their game is up. Those of us who still have souls could not be happier.

The bankers' reign has come to an end. Shout "Hallelujah!" from the rooftops even if Yahweh had nothing to do with their demise.

No, the "free market" is not the primal force of nature, Mr. Jensen. It's true that there has been no "America" and no democracy for some time, but Lehman and Bear and Merrill are gone now too with many more to follow. The college of corporations is in receivership. The vast and ecumenical holding company will never exist.

The world is not a business.

Those who built American dreams on a foundation of hucksters' lies have a choice. They can hide inside the crumbling edifice until its collapse crushes them, or they can step outside, smell the fresh air of liberation and begin making new arrangements.

Remember 2008 as the year humanity was released from the curse of capitalism. We are free to dream again of a world where human beings are more important than profits.

"We must begin here and now. A new continent of earth and fire. Tear down the walls."

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