(guest post) Capitalism is a religion

by Sean Jobst, 16 January 2011

Under finance capitalism, usury has allowed the financiers and economists to transform the very nature of money. Through interest it becomes artificially productive, whereas through fiat money it becomes artificially valuable. Interest and fiat money are closely linked as part of its cultic dimension of capital.

Through interest money becomes an end in itself, compromising the organic view of honest unexploited labor and free exchange of services as the only legitimate sources of income. It elevates money to a self-perpetuating power in itself rather than a mediating agent of power as has been traditionally understood. “The love of money is the root of all evil.”(1)

Capitalism is not the free market, but rather its antithesis. For state intervention on behalf of the financial powers have given life to this false god of Mammon. Joseph Proudhon traced all current injustices to this root cause. “Credit is the canonization of money, the declaration of its royalty over all products whatsoever.”(2) He then referred to “the sect of economists.”(3)

The economists are the apologists of this religion, whose high priests are the financiers. The words of the financiers are made the gospel truth, whereas those of the economic apologists are odes to the glories of these high priests. The various factions of politicians are religious orders, each serving the dogma in their own way without accepting any other orthodoxy. The financiers reward the most subservient among them, with notable mention in their decrees which is favorable publicity through their mass media.

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Superior Asian Mother Meme, Pick-up Artist Shoots Girl at Party, and Loon Shoots Politicians

I have nothing whatsoever to say about any of these things that has not already been said.

1. It goes without saying that violence against women, like violence against anyone, is vile unless in defense. My feelings about a man inflicting violence on a woman are the same as a woman inflicting violence on a man.

Years ago I was sitting in a cafe and my friend Veronica was watching a French movie, Irréversible, essentially a rape revenge story with some brutal and, frankly, loathsome scenes. I looked over her shoulders in fascination and horror.

It made me think about how some things truly are irreversible, truly irrevocable. About how a second can change lives forever.

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(guest post) Lenora B. Fulani Calls Out Black Leadership

Written by Baruti M. Kamau, Guest Columnist

August 10, 1998 (Barutiwa News Service) – Last month a column by Lenora B. Fulani entitled “Right On, Bulworth!” was distributed to editors of the Black press.  The column failed to appear in many established Black publications.  Why?  Because Dr. Fulani metaphorically speaking pulled several Black American leaders pants down.  In her column she stated that many Black leaders don’t have the guts to say the Democratic Party has betrayed Black America.  She expressed her effort and frustration in trying to persuade Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton to be honest in telling Black America how much the Democratic Party take us for granted.  Surprisingly, Dr. Fulani goes as far as admitting how the Jews have played the “Farrakhan Card” to raise money from other Jews.  After reading her column I walked away smiling.  Fulani’s implications confirmed my theory that the old guard in Black America must go…

About The Author
Baruti M. Kamau is an African American entrepreneur and citizen journalist.  As a writer and publisher, Kamau is primarily known for publishing Barutiwa Newspaper from 1992 to 1999.  Currently, Mr. Kamau is building a network of websites focusing on publishing and distributing user-generated content.  As an entrepreneur, Kamau is the President and CEO of a development stage company that provides passenger and driver solutions to select urban markets in southern Ohio.  Kamau can be reached @ http://www.barutiwa.com and http://www.cincyforums.com

Nikki Giovanni, Bicycles: Love Poems. and Reflections on Geoffrey Hill

I often have an issue with a lot of political or revolutionary poetry, unless it’s really good, then I tolerate it or if it’s really good I praise it.

Two overtly political poets, on opposite ends of the spectrum, are Nikki Giovanni and Geoffrey Hill

Nikki Giovanni, Bicycles: Love Poems.

I found Nikki Giovanni’s Bicycles: Love Poems interesting.

I am not really a fan of Nikki Giovanni’s poetry, because honestly her voice honestly doesn’t speak to me. Also I enjoy, really enjoy, more formal, and less free, verse. Some of Giovanni’s work almost approaches a prose like density which makes it very readable, but I can’t enjoy it, take pleasure in it, as much as I would like. Also many of her poems are very politically engaged, and as I’ll comment on a bit more,

I mentioned that, in general, poetry that’s conspicuously engaged in social politics rarely interests me, unless the voice is able to transform personal political outrage into something incandescent, or it is able to bring to bear an incredible sense of humor.

Humor and incandescent rage reek of authenticity, and authenticity of voice moves me powerfully.

In this case, I enjoyed Giovanni’s Bicycles: Love Poems. Her voice is full of authenticity.

And Nikki Giovanni at her best can be incredibly funny.

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