Strike at the Heart of Capital: John Holloway and the veils of theory upon Common Sense
This is a review upon a recent interview published by Leftvision on 13/12/2011 wherein an overall view of the world was given by John Holloway (born 1947) a Marxist theorist that I got to meet him on a few occasions while trying to grasp sociology and its function toward an actual ‘change in the world,’ which lead me to realize that academy – as controversial as it may intend and pretend itself to be – is Still feeding off of the same system – or biting the hand that feeds – which is what I find interesting considering that he’s talking about how the opposition eventually gets absorbed by the system, which is precisely what any social theory and their creators end up doing anyways, and it’s perfectly normal. Why? because there is no actual ‘way out’ of the system:
We Are The System
There seems to be a common stigma attached to the word ‘System.’This word is coming through with a charge of antagonism, disgust or even absolute rejection while perceiving it as a synonym of ‘control’ and oppression. However, a system implies perfection, implies functionality, implies consistency in its application which makes it trustworthy, just as the system that this entire planet is existing as.
‘Fighting the system’ has certainly become the shout-out for everyone still participating in protests that have been going on for the past two years now on a global scale, and as much as John finds them ‘fascinating’ as an indication of the ‘cracks within the system,’ we have defined them as useless and futile in their existence as long as there are no actual practical and defined proposals to their intent to ‘break the system/ make wall street fall.’ As much as they can be an indication of this current system being obsolete or developing such ‘cracks’ as John explains – which I definitely agree and its self-evident in all ways – we say that there is another way, and time is being wasted by people camping on the streets instead of becoming educated on how to stand within the system to create a change/ transformation from within.
We have to being by saying: The eternal support toward ‘fighting the system’ must come to an end – common sense, the system feeds off of such struggle, just like light is created from rays going from cathode to anode – that’s how this reality operates, powered through polarity – hence any form of opposition, revolution or eventual war only creates another stepping stone for it to upgrade, rejuvenate and keep functioning within an improved level of control, which is what the current protests are managing to provoke within the world at the moment.
Having placed some basic clarifications here, let’s walk through some statements made through the interview which I will discuss in order to place some basic common sense points to consider within this seemingly elusive endeavor to ‘crack the system’ – which is currently capitalism – at its core.
“We are the crisis of capitalism “
The fact that one can conceive capitalism without an inherent quality of crisis is rather innocent, to say the least. It cannot possibly be that ‘all of a sudden’ the word crisis is linked to capitalism which is almost like saying ‘the grass is green.’ It is obvious that the moment that a system is founded upon make-believe values upon reality, deliberately schemed to polarize society and endorse all forms of abuse toward humanity and the ecosystem, that it would eventually reveal itself as unsustainable within the consideration that such values are not based upon the physical reality = they can be manipulated ‘at will’ which is how economy and laws have been keeping a system of inequality in place, without having any intent to create an Equality-System within this world, for the obvious reason that there must be slaves in order for masters to exist.
If you look at the human body as the perfect system that it is, all cells are equally important to create the tissues, the organs that create the systems which comprise the totality of the body – there is no ‘more or less’ in that – hence capitalism is like suddenly making the cells on your liver more important than the ones on your colon, or more important than the cells that create the veins that make the money flow throughout the body in an equal manner. What happens with the unequal growth of cells in the body? Cancer is created as that bodily rebellion to point out where we have created such a disparity within ourselves, which eventually leads to decay and eventual death. That is what is happening at the moment with capitalism, we have developed the cancer and the cure is HERE yet only more greed for power could be the obstacle to neglect the solution, which is as we have mentioned: an Equal Life based System.
Thus capitalism has been an inherently flawed system from its inception. In other words: it was meant to get to a point of inevitable crack/ crisis and we all have certainly accepted and allowed it, this should have been a premise within the realization that no god has placed the rules of the game in this world: it is our creation, it is our responsibility to change the rules of the game to equalize the playing field.
“Capital is a constant attack on people”
Capitalism is not just a system, it’s not just an unjust system – it is a constant aggression
The general approach of ‘capitalism’ as this separate entity from ourselves is rather pointing out to abdicate Self Responsibility within our very participation of creating and feeding such ‘monster.’ The attack that we are inflicting upon ourselves and the entire biosphere can only have its origin within separation. By neglecting the basic principle of Equality and Oneness as the physical non-spiritual realization that we are Here in this world as physical-beings that coexist within the same biosphere, we create a leeway for systems like capitalism to exist. Hence the problem is in its very core educational, because the schools are created within a system of profit – hence profit is what will be endorsed and supported as a general aspiration to achieve within the individuals. If we had been actually indicated on these very basic common-sensical aspects of reality, such delegation of responsibility to a fictional-entity that is powered through our participation would have been stopped from the very beginning. Thus the attack is on us, the joke is un us and we have created it.
We could go further into the realization of how we have created of this system an external-manifestation of our own mind as a social, economical and political system wherein we all claim dementia as if the rules of the system had been laid by a god and were ‘immovable’ or ‘divine’ to ever challenge or question.
“You must work faster” = Profit for capitalism
We don’t want to be robots = we got other tings that are important in our lives”
The moment that we created this division of ourselves between our physical body and our mind, the moment that we accepted and allowed ourselves to believe we are this thinking-thoughts and feelings and emotions, we created the first divide that would eventually be the starting point of creating a system wherein we have created and set-up our own jail, our own system of abuse. While writing this, we can forgive ourselves for having played dumbed all this time, blaming a god for apparently placing some form of biblical damnation upon Earth and its inhabitants as to create some form of meaningful lesson in life that can only be evident as the realization of how far we can go to abuse ourselves and give continuation to that abuse as long as our personal interests are not intercepted by the implosion of reality within this current economical system.
For great power to exist, you require a lot of energy – and that energy has been each one of us living in a system that is constantly producing in means of ‘economic growth’ without ever realizing that in that, life was never being considered. We can only be the ones that have set up a system in separation of ‘that which is important in our lives’ which is LIFE itself! Common sense, how have we created our own repression through the participation in a system that is evidently not caring about life at all, but only caring about numbers within a system that can be translated as money that can be used within the same system to live at the maximum ability to exploit others and live like kings and queens.
Our vocabulary says it all: we have accepted slaves and royals as roles in humanity which indicate the extent of brainwashing we have learned from kindergarten – there is no one to blame, but only actions to take on to ensure this won’t ever ‘happen’ again.
in the system
“We are proud to be the crisis of a system that is destroying humanity”
-Refusal to turn into machines: “our insubordination, our refusal to bow down – ‘find the way of living according to a more human logic, a logic that ‘makes sense’ – we’re going to do things in a different way”
Giving continuation within the understanding of this ‘evil system’ being our creation, we can see that we are only fighting ourselves the moment that we pretend we are actually able to find a ‘better way’ within human logic. Human logic is a synonym of self-interest, greed and – last but not least – reptilian logic. Some basic anthropocentric considerations must be in place to realize that because we have created the current system, the way out of such system can only come in a way that we do not only ‘defy’ the system in itself, but also ‘cracks’ the foundation of the infamous ‘human nature’ that is based upon greed, desire for power= money and the eternal pursuit of happiness that is constantly implanted and impulsed as part of the carrots on the stick for everyone to keep going without ever having time to question anything about this deceptive and masochistic mechanism to generate profit as the fuel for the system.
Within this, being such ‘cracks in the system’ can only be a rather schizophrenic mode of attacking ourselves to then come through as the victorious vindicators of mankind, without realizing: we have done it all toward ourselves, there can be no proud in breaking something that we built in the first place, it would be just a form of dissociation from reality which is what we have been living as for a long time already. Such stand-off is then absolutely unnecessary as it only promotes a rebellion toward: ourselves. This is how the regular anarchism relies on pointing fingers toward others, endorsing separation and further alienation from ‘the system’ while justifying it with the self-sufficiency excuse.
These cracks are necessary – however there is no proposal toward a definitive outcome – it’s not to ‘bring the cracks together’ to create a bigger crack and eventually find out what to do next – no. And saying ‘there is no future for humanity’ are big words for a single mind that cannot see the fact that we have been the ones building our own doomsday all along = it can be stopped, it can be corrected. Knowledge can be the obstacle on the way of Self Realization.
The way to ‘make sense’ is simple: Common Sense = what’s best for all in all ways. that’s the most encompassing and equalizing sense there can ever be, yet it is vital to understand equality as the principle that must be understood not only as ‘fairness’ but as the realization of who and what we all are as equal-parts of this entire world.
“We’re going to create a new way: Ecological community, going back to the land “
As much as it sounds like a nice plan, if such community only considers a lifestyle that is pertinent to the Zapatistas, then it would certainly create a major exclusion that is simply not viable in this world. I would say it is not about getting to know how such community will function – which is then looking at how the current Resource Based Economy proposals are basing their foundation upon. No – it is about first and foremost implementing a living-principle that can ensure that such community is not only considering a few ‘outcasts of the system’ which can only be a preferred belief by anyone that wants to ‘step out of the system’ – or believe that such thing is possible – as a way to not have to take Self Responsibility to implement a solution that is equally applicable and viable for every living being in this world.
Unless the whole is considered, be sure that such communities will turn into another system of tribes/groups that will eventually have to impose another form of control over the resources in order to survive – see ‘Bartering is still capitalism’ for further reference.
I do suggest that lectures and seminars on sociology, economy and any other form of political consideration must go back to the very basics of understanding how only a system based in Equality can thrive in this reality.
“Are we walking in the wrong direction?
We don’t want to go into the direction of capitalism, we want to find the way to disobey”
The way of protesting, fighting and battling against each other is certainly promoting the ‘wrong direction’ simply because it has been tried ad nauseam throughout history with no conclusive outcomes that can be deemed as actual solutions within this world.
I definitely do not support and question the endeavor to promote disobedience and dissidence as ‘the way to create a change’ in this world, which is the usual resistance that in physical laws can only create more ‘heat’ toward that which is being resisted. Thus – we definitely have to first stop trying to ‘riot the system’ as it is only by standing within the system and the realization that we have the faculty to create the laws in the system, that we can implement the new way of living, which must be Life in Equality.
Creating an idyllic sense of ‘solidarity’ through joining in to ‘oppose the system’ is not precisely what the ‘brotherhood of man’ should have as a glue. Such ‘networks of solidarity’ must be founded upon the realization that we are equal and one in this reality and that we have to start living by basic principles such as Equality as Life wherein we understand that only through working together toward a single outcome will be be able to create an actual transformation in this world.
The current problem is as we know, the lack of cohesion that we have lived as simply by having been instructed and indoctrinated to live in a world wherein ‘there is not enough for everyone’ and in this, instilling the idea of everyone being a potential enemy that could take the throne before us. This is exactly the type of survival skills/ genera conditioning that the Equal Money will bring to an end. It is a cease to the ongoing fire that we have continued in means of winning and/or defeating to an ‘opponent’ which we have neglected is an equal part of ourselves within this world.
Thus, you cannot ‘fight capitalism’ by using the very means that have built capitalism in the first place, such as divide and conquer. We are a group: humanity, we must stand together. There is no ‘they’ within this, there is only us having to take Self Responsibility, stop all malarkey and walk toward the implementation of a system that is truly considering all as equals.
How to stop reproducing capitalism?
“We don’t know”
That’s certainly not an acceptable answer.
Is ‘breaking’ and ‘avoiding’ the solution? Is a ‘constant struggle’ and ‘rebelling’ the solution? After 17 years of the conflict in Chiapas = nothing has happened other than remaining as an elusive ‘movement’ that has gained more fame for its characters than any actual substantial reform within the system. Why? Because separation cannot be the way to ‘regain a dignified living.’ Zapatistas represent separation through a self-righteous move to create an ‘autonomous’ entity outside of the country. The moment that special rights are created toward people according to their ethnicity or nationality = no change will ever go on, because the way is not to exalt a certain group to ‘overcome’ the ones that are perceived to be in power – but to establish a system that works for everyone equally.
“We don’t have any model”
We do, it can only exist by a principle, not by ideology or model presented within the past.
It’s called the Equal Money System and it breaks apart any form of convoluted social theory that has only dissected human beings as subjects of study without ever actually considering the most basic, simplistic facts that must be included in any form of social reform and/or consideration of guarantees/ rights that can be applicable to all beings regardless of their current affiliations. Equal Money System is of actual substance: the only value in this world must be Life in Equality.
“I think we can only see it in the context of an ongoing struggle”
See, the entire Marxist approach of struggle of the classes and the continual proposal for the proletarian to overcome the bourgeoisie is not applicable any longer, as that would only create a reversal of the roles. We cannot possibly remain at the level of theories that were developed over a 100 years ago! We cannot possibly remain in such theoretical stagnation taught in universities as part of a 21st century sociological approach toward this entire system in spite of the evidence of it requiring a major reform. This is outdated and certainly a waste of time to try to continue revamping the ideals that have been proven to be ineffective in the world. As long as the heads of the academy remain married to the heroes of the past, we won’t actually walk into the realization that:
Nothing of the past has ever worked to create an actual transformation and reform at a social, political and economical level – hence WHY are we still trying to take the past as a reference to a world that has already given its last turns around capitalism? We are NOT any longer entering an Industrial Revolution – in fact, we have Depleted the world now as a result of that. We cannot base life upon ‘work force’ or selling it as a form of survival. We cannot possibly remain creating ideas of only achieving any form of change through ‘struggle’ – that is as archaic as our own existence has been in this world.
We have to stop the ‘survival of the fittest’ type of approach toward any form of change/ transformation in this world.
As an example in relation to one of Holloway’s fervent causes, to me the Zapatistas remain only as a reminder of how Not to create a group that becomes part of a national novelty wherein no actual change or progress is made. Time to move on.
“Escape the circle of reintegration through permanent moving and the strike at the heart of capitalism“
“We hope because we know that there is no alternative” – there is no way out – 99% probable there is no way out, we’re doomed, this is it, this is the end of humanity, we’re on our way but somehow we have to look for this 1%, for this Insane possibility that we can still break the system”
I agree, it is an insanity within the current parameters wherein Equality is diminished and often misunderstood as communism, thus relegated as some form of relic that has no ‘chance’ within our current world.
It is thus such insanity yet extreme simplicity such as the principle of Equality that we are in fact ‘breaking the system.’ We have been testing this through the presentation of the Equal Money System wherein everyone sees it as something ‘impossible’ which only confirms the effectiveness of “education” within our reality to numb ourselves to ask very basic questions like: ‘How have we accepted and allowed ourselves to create and participate within a system that is clearly not supporting everyone equally and even endorsing abuse in the name of profit?’ – However, we have been so imbued in our personal bubbles that any concern of ‘the greater sphere’ as the world is only relegated to the job of a few that we ‘pay for/ vote for’ in order to ‘take care of such businesses.’ Then we dare to complain because of the misused of resources and wrong-decision-making in congress?
That is certainly not acceptable. We have to stop neglecting the reality that we are missing HERE wherein such 99% represents the percentage of time we have spent in our minds, worried and concerned about ‘that which is more important to us’ as Holloway mentioned in the video, wherein the very functioning and management of the system that makes our lives possible is seen as some alienating monster-like entity that we have to fight in order to ‘break free.’ That is certainly not the way and it even sounds like another heroically achieved outcome can be created out of that, ensuring there are some others ‘losing’ in the way. So, where does Equality fit in such equation?
“I think capitalism is always going to want and reintegrate rebellion”
“We can’t allow ourselves to be institutionalized, we just have to move on, we have to rebel in other ways” –
That is certainly so – hence none of the revolutions have actually made a change in this world. Why? Because opposition gets absorbed by the system, just like the current attempts of communism in the world or the very ‘dissident theories’ that are considered as ‘leftists’ within a usual ‘rightist’ system – just another side of the same coin, really.
Unless there is an overall reform within the system for ALL equally, there will still be parts that will try and absorb/ reintegrate the dissidence. However, this can only be as long as we remain separated through our own beliefs, theories and neglecting the most basic common sense: we must work together with Living Principles and not only remain within ideological or theoretical approaches to what’s best for all. This is how knowledge corrupts life.
If a system that’s best for all and considers life is implemented in this world, there is and will be no need to fear being institutionalized – this is yet another stigma such as the one placed onto ‘system.’ It’s merely the way that we have lived the words that frightens us, yet is is our very own creation that we have built out of proportion.
“I think the heart of capital is Money – maybe what we have to think, maybe the big challenge is: how do we break money?”
Holloway calls this the real challenge of the crisis and indeed, it is so. However it’s fairly easy to see how money can be ‘broken’/ reformed from its current foundation on debt, basing its existence upon laws that are deliberately created to confuse the population about the most basic facts wherein it’s obvious that money is a synonym of control – just as knowledge and any other form of theorizing about reality.
Therefore, how to break the spell of money as power? of money as control? We Equalize it as Life, as equally accessible for everyone – that breaks the spell of it. See, the approach is not to ‘fuck the system’ / break it – but rather stand within it to re-form it and transform it into a system that works for all.
People panic about the current future of the Economy, however that is only looking at the already fixed system that controls money as ‘power’ in this world over others. By reforming this monetary system, removing its spell as this all-mightiness attribute we’ve given over life, we’ll start realizing what type of religion as values, codes and creeds we have implemented upon the life that is here as Earth.
“How do we break money? “
Equal Money System – Equalization is the only way you can break any spell of polarization in this reality – in all ways.
Holloway makes a cool point: Money is already the point of social cohesion in capitalism which is one of the reasons why we have explained that we cannot just ‘remove money’ and go for a ‘resource based economy’ – which I still don’t get the title of that as economy implies management and for managing you require an accounting tool which is what we are explaining Equal-Money will be . At the moment it is about creating a ‘homeopathic cure’ to the current capitalist system – that implies using a placebo such as equal-money to create a proper understanding of what we have created within this world when implementing differential values upon reality, instead of living within a one and only common-value which can only be LIFE.
This might create extreme resistances to acknowledge, even after having spent several years of walking around theories trying to find a solution while in fact, we have missed it all the way: Life in Equality is the solution to this world.
And this would be In-Fact the type of revolution that capitalism cannot reabsorb simply because the current capital rules that are based upon money as it currently exist, will be no more once that we equalize money as life – simple, once that all values are equalized, value in itself ceases to exist.
The fact that ‘Money is so central to the existence of capital’ makes it seem as ‘the root of all evil,’ while we have explained that it is not so that money in itself is the problem – money is innocent: it is the rules under which money is currently existing that are the problem in the world. Money is our creation – hence we are perfectly capable of changing the rules of the game through political reforms.
“Fighting to push money out”
See – there’s no need to fight, but only educate ourselves to see how it is that money is a make-believe system that is currently diverting our attention into a survival mode, instead of realizing that money in itself doesn’t have to be fought against or exterminated, but only reformed from its roots toward an equalized value which, obviously means no more values will exist – but only physical accountability of individuals and their requirements to live/ exist in a dignified way as Equals.
Isn’t this what all revolutions in the past have fought for? Why was it never actually implemented then? Because of money remaining intact in its ‘lucrative foundations’ which were never intended to benefit ALL Equally.
Who is the real enemy?
You have to ask yourself: who’s the real ‘evil’ in this world’ Is it the entity we have pointed-fingers at as “capitalism?” No! That is our creation, that is our cookie-monster that must be debunked with common sense = what is best for all. As long as we give power to a make-believe system of money as god, we’ll remain trapped within the illusion that ‘change is impossible’ or that it will be a battle royal to do it. It certainly won’t be an overnight reform, however it won’t either be an armed revolution because there is no need to fight or oppose those in power. Equality System implies ALL are included – so, there is no need to overcome a particular elite – it is about dignifying the life of those that have nothing to eat, of giving proper living-conditions to every living being in this world and that does not only include human beings, but animals, plants and the entire planet that IS the real and only ‘value’ that can exist, the real and only resource that allows us to continue the rhetoric in such theoretical mindfucks while the answer has always been here in simplicity.
We can only forgive ourselves for the ignorance that we have played out, trying to complicate ourselves and find ways within a system that should have been based in Equality as Life since the very beginning. We can’t change the past – we are here to create the present into a sustainable equality equation. That begins within our very own mindsets that must be cleared up from academy bugs that have kept theories and systematic criticisms at the margin of just that, nothing but words that have never been able to consider the most basic and incredibly simple – yet overlooked al this time – reality facts: we require to establish a system of Equality in the world through money valued upon LIFE itself – no more waiting for miracles.
Creating a ‘rebellion’ that capitalism cannot re-absorb:
Equalize money as Life and capitalism cannot exist in Equality.
“We have to keep developing the questions and keep fighting for that”
See, this is how I would always end up in any of the sociological or theoretical meetings about the current state of the world- and by this I don’t only mean Holloway’s conferences/ lectures – but throughout our entire educational system, we are always left with that ‘spine’ wherein it is apparently impossible to come to a definitive conclusion about the course of action that must be taken. To me then it seemed as if because being a sociologist is a profession within the realm of Capitalism as well, that such ‘elusiveness’ within it was reinforced just so that everyone could keep their jobs in theorizing about reality without being able to come up with a simple solution that can literally, actually, debunk the roots of this current capitalist system.
Capitalism is nothing else but the ego of man built upon as the godly effigy over a reality that has been unconditional in giving/ providing everything that we require to live. What have we done in exchange? Abuse, manipulate, control and extort others in order to maintain a system of energetic disparity wherein only some could have all the money to be able to have subordinates doing all the ‘hard work.’ What type of lazy abusive gods have we been and become throughout time?
This is how Equal Money System not only represents the equalization of Money to become a single accounting tool to distribute/ give equal access to the resources/ means necessary for each living being – but it also represents the perfection that the human has sought throughout its history, neglecting the very first point which is seeing god as something separate from ourselves; instead of realizing that we are the creators of this reality and that we can actually set the rules wherein there can be no ‘more’ or ‘less’ than – and within this, debunk the entire hierarchical structure upon which the current system is cemented upon. This is then the principle that humanity has only written in constitutions, never realizing that as long as money was placed on top of Life itself, the god-money would rule over common sense.
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