The Commodities Protocol
Discarded like so much trash, we pretend not to see them. Their mere existence makes us uncomfortable, disrupting our shopping experience, compelling us to consider our own vulnerabilities. But for the grace of God we could easily join them. So we turn our heads as they scrounge for food, sleep in doorways and take up residency under highways and bridges. And we avoid making eye contact lest they beg for what little change we have.
The bitter salt in the American stew, these are the poor and indigent, the homeless or marginally housed, the ex-offender and formerly incarcerated, the food insecure, chemical addicted and mental ill. They are the takers not the makers, whose political decisions are based not on what’s good for the nation but on the promise of “free stuff”; or so some say. And via a combination of cannibal capitalism, social Darwinism and human commoditization we convert them from people to commercial chattel.
Cannibal Capitalism is the free market system run amok. More a perverse religion than an economic system facts and people simply don’t matter. It is belief which controls.
Entire cities are therefore gutted; hollowed out by the arbitrary moving of factories, closing of plants or off shoring of industries. And while it is important that the working poor work hard, it is more important that they remain poor, their daily bread under the exclusive control of their betters.
Vulture capitalism may well be a scavenger. But at least it leaves bleached bones. Cannibal capitalism however, consumes all, routinely sacrificing us all on the alter-of-profit. Like those in the Matrix, we are nothing more than human batteries; to be consumed, discarded and replaced.
Once a people are broken the process of commoditization commences, an evil which cannot be overstated. More than a shunning, greater than the exploitation of workers for their labor and supplemental to turning us into mindless consumers who pay the highest of prices for the lowest of goods; commoditization strips us of our humanity and converts us into possessions. We become raw data, statistics, computer models and actuarial tables which are used to estimate the number of prisons to be built, cells to be filed, liquor to be distilled and electronics to be marketed.
The aim is not to persuade us to buy and consume products. The ultimate goal is to instead turn us all into products; commodities that can be bought, sold and traded on the open market.
The wrong is made right by the doctrine of Social Darwinism which contends that socially as well as biologically, only the strong survive. Thus, the wealthy are prosperous because they have earned it, despite all the evidence to the contrary while the poor are inferior because they deserve it, no matter how stacked the deck.
Sadly, the process is easily accomplished and brutally effective. Lose a job and you may never find another. Receive a public discharge or reprimand and your goose is cooked. A nasty divorce, a private indiscretion gone viral, the revelation of intimacy with the wrong person, a personal humiliation made public, and/or the accusation of some foul deed whether consensual or not, whether true or not and you are forever marked.
Monica Lewinsky remains unemployed decades after the Clinton scandal. And Rachel Dolezal, the once respected President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP, who was forced to resign for pretending to be black, now makes ends meet by braiding and weaving hair three times a week. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11752577/Rachel-Dolezal-I-am-black-and-I-havent-deceived-anyone.html.
Consider further the fate of the homeless with an average life span in the low to mid 40’s, the plight of ex offenders who remain unemployed and unemployable, even if innocent, or wrongly imprisoned and well after they have paid their debt to society, or the hurdles faced by the LGBT community which is routinely denied rights that we take for granted.
Once saddled with crushing poverty, sustained ignorance, and political seclusion; once contaminated and made radioactive, the process of commoditization is complete. As the economic pie invariably shrinks and daunting social and cultural changes inevitably occurs, the have-nots are pitted against each other, thereby sealing the deal.
The results are both toxic and contagious with consequences that are cross generational, multi-cultural and self replicating. The lost produce the lost; the ignorant beget the ignorant and the disenfranchised yield the disenfranchised, four to five generations deep. Moreover, given the prevalence of technology and social media, the insatiable hunger of the criminal justice system and the continued polarization of the body politic, the number of commoditized Americans will continue to grow.
In summary, every society produces its winners and losers. There may even be some benefit to a structured society, as unfair as that structure might be. Lepers were physically isolated, relegated to distant colonies for fear of contamination. The Russians had their Gulags and in India the Untouchables are a caste unto themselves limited to performing the miserable tasks associated with disease and pollution, such as cleaning up after funerals, dealing with sewage and working with animal skins. www.ushistory.org/civ/8b.asp.
America however is different. We do not compel the poor and discarded to handle excrement. However, via the practice of cannibal capitalism, social Darwinism and human commoditization we treat them as such. And we exploit the hell out of them in the process.
Leo Barron Hicks, Founder and CEO
Blackacre Policy Forum,