By Anarchy Man
There are hardly any words that could be used to describe this social order briefly and in more detail.
If you look at the developments of the past 50 years, you are inclined to condemn all humanity. Imagine a world in which financial corporations like BlackRock or Vanguard each manage $ 6.8 trillion and $ 5.6 trillion. Together, that’s around $ 15 trillion. This is not their money, but that of their customers, multinational corporations such as General Electric, Amazon, Nestle, Adidas, etc., who have accumulated these sums through the exploitation of human labor, i.e. it is added value that the workers produce, but that goes into the pockets of the owners. “If you divided this sum equally among Germany’s residents, every citizen would get US $ 180,000.” writes the German freelance journalist Jens Berger. Never before has so much money been concentrated in the hands of a few. Now imagine that the majority of people in such a world either don’t know about such injustices, or find it much more unjust that some poor fella steals a loaf of bread…
Such a collective state of mind is a consequence of capitalism that has been going on for over 200 years and neoliberalism that is existing for 50 years. It is no coincidence that people think this way today. Professor of Psychology, Rainer Mausfeld, explains how it could happen that the majority of humanity degenerates mentally and emotionally; “It will of course take some effort to “educate” mankind to accept the ideological division into “elite” and “people”, and are therefore convinced that their interests are in good hands. One possibility to do this could be to instill the appropriate beliefs with the classic propaganda techniques, but it is much more effective and sustainable to take a more fundamental approach and block the ability to make up any beliefs at all.” George Orwell and Hannah Arendt clearly recognized this aspect in their analysis of totalitarian systems of domination. And dozens of anarchist thinkers have already stated that the elites are using all the means necessary to destroying the ability to develop any beliefs at all.
All sorts of distractions from consumerism of all kinds are used. As early as 1985 the media scientist Neil Postman wrote in his book “We amuse ourselves to death”; “We are facing the fact that television is changing the meaning of being informed by creating a new kind of information that is better to be called disinformation. Disinformation means misleading information – inappropriate, irrelevant, fragmentary or superficial information – those that pretend that you know something while it actually draws you away from actual knowledge.” After all, it is no coincidence why educational literature does not get advertising time on television. The current forms of political communication are therefore by no means new developments, but consistent increases in the political functions of the mass media in capitalist countries.
Populist forms of communication are increasing day by day, and politicians, parties and system-loyal journalists are only too happy to use this type of language. It articulates itself in deep contempt for the argument, and favors a language of anti-intellectualism that can be seen everywhere on Facebook. According to the motto; “My ignorance is as good as your knowledge!” What counts alone is the approval effect among the addressees. There is an urge for nothingness everywhere. These mental developments show the catastrophic state of knowledge and rational judgment of most people. All of this is so wanted and planned by the ruling class, so that financial companies like BlackRock and their dozens of multinationals can continue to make their profits. Property has always meant power. If the big financial corporations are the largest shareholders in almost all the industrial corporations that determine the fortunes of our world, they have a tramendous influence within these corporations and ultimately determine the fortunes of our world themselves. It is up to us to inform others about all this and to make them abolish this social conditions once and for all