literally every single anti-capitalist man becomes a staunch supporter of capitalism the second he realizes he would lose a lot of power over women and men wouldn’t be able to exploit women as easily without capitalism.
people seem to have trouble understanding why i’m an anti-capitalist, so i’m going to try and put it into simple, real-life terms.
i work at a restaurant. i make $12 an hour, plus tips. minimum wage where i live is relatively high for my country - the national minimum wage is $7.25/hr, and has not been raised since 2009. before taxes, working full time, my yearly income is about $22,000 a year. ($25,000 if you count tips)
at my job, we sell various dishes, with an average price of about $10-$15. we get printouts every week detailing how much money we made that week; in one week, our restaurant makes about $30,000. (one of our other locations actually makes this much on a daily basis!)
i’m not going to go into details, but after the costs of production
(payroll for employees, rent for the building, maintenance, and wholesale food purchasing) are accounted for, the restaurant makes an estimated profit of $20,000 per week.
this profit goes directly to the owner, who does not work at this location. the owner of my restaurant has actually been on vacation for a few months, but still profits from the restaurant, because they own it. i have met the owner exactly twice in my year of working here.
to put this into perspective, the owner of this restaurant earns in 2 days what they pay me in one year. and that’s just from this single location - the owner has several other restaurants, all of which make more money than the one i work at. this ends up resulting in the owner having an estimated net worth of tens of millions of dollars, even after accounting for the payroll for every single worker in their employ.
now, i have to ask you: does the owner of my restaurant deserve this income? did they earn it? did their labor result in this value being created?
the naive answer would be “yes”; the owner purchased the location and arranged for the raw ingredients to be delivered, did they not?
the actual answer is “no”. the owner may have used their initial capital to start the location, but the profit is a result of my labor, and the labor of my co-workers.
the owner purchases rice at a very low bulk price of about 25 cents a pound. i cook the rice, and within a few minutes, that pound of rice is suddenly worth about $30. the owner did not create this value, i did. the owner simply provided the initial capital investment required to start the process.
what needs to be understood here is that capitalists do not create value. they use the labor of their employees to create value, and then take the excess profit and keep it.
what needs to be understood is that capitalists accrue income by already HAVING money. the owner of my restaurant was only able to get this far because they started off, from the very beginning, with enough money to purchase a building, purchase food in bulk, and hire hundreds of employees.
that is to say: the rich get richer, and they do so by exploiting the labor of the poor.
the owner of my restaurant could afford to triple the income of every single person in their employee if they felt like it, but this would mean that they were generating less profit for themselves, so they do not.
the owner of my restaurant pays me the current minimum wage of my area, because to them, i am not a person. i am an investment. i am an asset. i am a means to create more money.
when you are paid minimum wage, the message your boss is sending you is this: “legally, if i could pay you less, i would.”
every capitalist on the planet exploits their workers for their own gain. every capitalist, even the small business owners, forces people to stay in poverty so that the capitalist can profit.
it’s feels weird to me, sometimes, that the raised fist is now used as a super general protest gesture that even centrist liberals will use, and it’ll be in like kid’s movies and stuff
because it was created as a pretty explicitly communist symbol
and was used as an ‘antifascist salute’ to counter fascist salutes
not to mention frequently used in leftist iconography
and in IWW and other socialist organizations in the 20th century
and was used by the Black Panther Party (a socialist group) and other radical, black activists as a symbol of anti-capitalist solidarity and action
the raised fist has such a powerful history in radical anti-fascist and anti-capitalist protest.
I think all activists should learn about it and foster a respect in its complex history. it’s humbling, and also can remind us of the radical roots of different movements which have now been co-opted by liberals and branded by capital.
no matter how many t shirts it’s printed on or politicians using it there are, it has radical roots, and it will always hold that history for leftists to reclaim
I think it’s funny that Redneck Revolt is catching flak for trying to reach out to Conservatives/Libertarians/Reactionaries/etc., it really shows the metropolitan nature of radical leftism today. Like when you live in a coal mining town in West Virginia, chances are you’re not going to have a huge base of radical leftists from with which to organize a left-wing anti-capitalist movement. WHO ELSE are they going to interface with? WHO ELSE are they going to build a movement with? All the leftists already retreated into the cities and urban centers, these are people trying to make something out of literally nothing.
I don’t think we should be criticizing them for that, not all of us have the luxury of having a massive base of anti-capitalist folks to chose from and to organize towards socialism.
“I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about "thanking veterans for their service.” As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t “serve our country”; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called “freedom”. We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who “serve”, and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options.“
jonas is not dead. he’s just been writing anti-capitalist posts on tumblr.
magnus is looking up “how to support your lesbian girlfriend” on the internet
mahdi is binge-watching the great british bake off
even is getting very excited at the new alien movie
chris is back from berlin and she started posting wild stories about her germanic adventures on facebook (everyone thinks she’s being funny again but she’s actually telling the truth: she did manage to get into the berghain and it was fucking weird, man)
isak is dragging even away from makeup tutorials on youtube so they can play fifa. if even loses the game this time, he’ll have to do the dishes for a week…or order pizza every night to avoid dirtying any plates.