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Forum Post: False Religion

Posted 2 months ago on Dec. 2, 2020, 1:27 p.m. EST by agkaiser (2480) from Fredericksburg, TX
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Q: What is the false religion? What is the threat to the survival of the human race that we are too stupid to recognize before it kills us?

A: There are multiple social phenomena that threaten our survival.

The cult of Trump should be a fading threat, given that he's really put the con in conservative with the post election fundraising. Yesterday (12/1/2020) it was widely reported that the Trump campaign has raised at least 170 million dollars for legal challenges to election results. But the grifter in chief may use the cash any way he wants. How's that for going out in true capitalist glory. So, will those who've religiously stuck with him begin to see they've been played? Don't know. But those who do catch on will be less a threat than the docile morons that never see through the lies.

The true believers, who never know they've been fooled by the lies of con artists, encourage more "entrepreneurs" to seek money without producing any material product or service to justify its acquisition. Such business models include drug companies that do no research but merely buy patents and gouge consumers with exorbitant prices on products necessary for survival. Such uses of private equity capital are not merely a moral outrage. They dissipate economic energy and so threaten survival in multiple ways.

Of course, compound interest on debt and compound profit of investors has always sucked life out of the economy as it inevitably concentrates wealth with a small percentage of the population. This was apparent to Moses over 3500 years ago. The answer is damage control through a non profit, community owned and operated FIRE sector and regular debt jubilees. But we've been inoculated by the rich against socialism, so the solution to the cyclic collapses and inevitable failure of the capitalist economy is unlikely to be implemented before disaster overwhelms us.

That brings us to the answer to the original question: Capitalism is the false religion ... the threat to the survival of the human race ... that we are too stupid to recognize before it kills us.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/11/the-gospel-of-capitalism-is-the-biggest-turkey-of-all.html

"The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity." https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674984615

Video link https://youtu.be/JBYtsMouGbY

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[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23382) 1 month ago

Impeach Trump NOW!

After this day of insurrection, Trump should be impeached and removed from office through articles of Impeachment or the 25th Amendment.

Pence can be President for 2 weeks, his reward for opposing the violent insurrection.

ENOUGH! NO FASCISM IN AMERICA!

[-] 2 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 1 month ago

Thank the stars.

Truth telling commission, fact find and empower truth, and outlaw conspiracy media. Break up media Corp and return to the people

We have to see admit we were close to a dictatorship, just like nazis

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

"The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity."

"Far from displacing religions, as has been supposed, capitalism became one, with money as its deity. Eugene McCarraher reveals how mammon ensnared us and how we can find a more humane, sacramental way of being in the world.

"If socialists and Wall Street bankers can agree on anything, it is the extreme rationalism of capital. At least since Max Weber, capitalism has been understood as part of the “disenchantment” of the world, stripping material objects and social relations of their mystery and sacredness. Ignoring the motive force of the spirit, capitalism rejects the awe-inspiring divine for the economics of supply and demand.

"Eugene McCarraher challenges this conventional view. Capitalism, he argues, is full of sacrament, whether or not it is acknowledged. Capitalist enchantment first flowered in the fields and factories of England and was brought to America by Puritans and evangelicals whose doctrine made ample room for industry and profit. Later, the corporation was mystically animated with human personhood, to preside over the Fordist endeavor to build a heavenly city of mechanized production and communion. By the twenty-first century, capitalism has become thoroughly enchanted by the neoliberal deification of “the market.”

"Informed by cultural history and theology as well as economics, management theory, and marketing, The Enchantments of Mammon looks not to Marx and progressivism but to nineteenth-century Romantics for salvation. The Romantic imagination favors craft, the commons, and sensitivity to natural wonder. It promotes labor that, for the sake of the person, combines reason, creativity, and mutual aid. In this impassioned challenge, McCarraher makes the case that capitalism has hijacked and redirected our intrinsic longing for divinity—and urges us to break its hold on our souls."

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