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June 29, 2018

Labor Leisure Grinder Addict

Filed under: Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Freedom, Peak Oil, Tower of Babel — Tags: , — Russell Bangs @ 7:26 am

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They still say “labor-saving” rather than job-destroying though that’s what they mean.
 
This propaganda term goes back to the early days of automation. If an assembly line can produce in one minute a widget which used to take one hour to produce, that frees up 59 minutes for human beings to enjoy leisure, hobbies, intellectual and artistic pursuits, being together with loved ones.
 
That was the lie.
 
In reality, the assembly line was used to over-produce 60 commodity widgets, and/or the factory would fire 59 out of 60 workers. No one but the factory owner ever gained anything from that 59 minutes of “labor saved”. It’s probably the worst criminal lie and robbery in the history, when you think of the possibilities, now lost as fossil fuels deplete, that were stolen. (Industrial communism told the exact same lie, except there it’s a Party nabob instead of a factory owner or big shareholder doing the stealing.)
 
But we must admit, Western humanity didn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming into this. They wanted the worthless expensive junk overproduced by modern productionism. As a rule Western workers and middle classes always have chosen the enslavement of grinderism and junk over leisure, over simply enjoying life.
 
This is strong evidence that modern humanity, having been wrenched forcibly from all ecological and human foundations, simply does not like life, maybe even has a death wish. (So far, for all the insensate killing of one human by another, this death wish has been expressed most intensely through civilization’s homicidal and vandalistic mania against every part of the Earth, inanimate and especially animate.)
 
We have no problem diagnosing the death wish of an incorrigible heroin addict. But how is modern society, or the average conformist inhabitant thereof, any different?
 
And what is the answer? If we’re correct that the restlessness and anguish are rooted in the uprooting, then the answer is to return to the Earth, return home. Humanity has no choice anyway: Homo domesticus has extracted and ravaged and wasted and destroyed all that could be used to build anything; and all that’s been built on this desert of skulls, the walls and towers and arenas and brothels, all must come crashing down.
 
The question is whether any remnant of the original nations will reassemble on the land of our own free will, growing a basis for a post-kinesis human community, or will there be nothing but atomized hominids confounded in the destruction, leaving nothing but feral beasts incapable of growing anything.
 
Certainly the addicts are determined to see the destruction through to the bitter end. They’re already hunkered in the bunker. Does anyone want to live and die in the sunlight?
 
 
 
 
 
 

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