Society has a strong desire to oppress but social systems are diverse and different, even where the distinction is between Florida and Illinois, or Chicago and Tampa Bay. So, there are differing social systems. A social system is how persons organize. They are different. What they have in common is a need to keep the poor bent over. That is Numero Uno. Some of the members of the society have more power, some less. That is the nature of things. It is that way everywhere. Isn’t that so? And for how long has that been going on I cannot say. I can say that at this time this society is not organized on the basis of maximum equality. Nor of maximum creativity. Of course the society is a power system; some have much more than do others. I hope this does not come as too much of a surprise. To some of you more sensitive types.
We may say that society has a desire or a tendency to stop most persons wh want to achieve what would maximize their potential. Sometimes, a little too dramatically, it is called “oppression.” Society is usually trying to oppress and only in some cases do these processes by which society puts its stamp on us try to aid. Maybe. Society also occasionally wants to aid us, the members of that society, or other societies, valiantly helping a country like Afghanistan. Gee, that’s swell. Or other noble causes, whatever it is: Orphans in Somalia. In general, there are different levels of power within the social group. Sometimes, elites actually fight over how to help us, the orphans.
And no doubt, this is where the bullshit comes. Although the truth is that the society only helps its constituent members some of the time, often only the powerful helping others of their own class, liberals claim to possess an abundant sense of virtue, saying they are trying to help – gosh – everybody. But even conservatives say they believe in it, some vague notion of equality is always attested to. It’s all just bullshit, but it exists certainly and it is so American and you cannot get away from this display. It is saying: “We are Good,” that is how Chomsky put it. If you are a liberal, you do feel this way. You wish for there to be full equality. You see other persons, and you wish them to be happy. True, okay, but society has other things in mind.
Now, does society have a mind? I don’t know if Carl Jung or Nietzsche are correct, but if they are, it has! This mass mind is powerful, too. And leaders (not to be confused with masses) are powerful. Even though US/America is a democracy. How much power do leaders have? How much power leaders have seems like a dark and somber topic, maybe something that should be discussed when you talk around the campfire in the evening, like science-fiction.
But, a question may arise as follows. Does capitalism give MAN (this is equivalent to “society,” as used already!) control over his destiny? No, it certainly does not. Capitalism changes us, yes, but we do not control those events that preceded us, that got us here. Now the challenge is that, the capitalist period having already been bestowed on us, how can human social or political systems get a grip on it? Yes, that is the question, because only then will we finally be able to take over control of our own little destiny. We must never say “do not intervene in the market,” the economy, because that’s stupid. It is a disgusting, abject capitulation to our own ignorance. We should instead be looking for the right ways, the suitable means. Not easy to do this. But our destiny is to regulate, intervene, or, to modify. And let’s search for those tools. Let’s search with the same energy we would put into finding a filament for a light, any other complex solution. And let’s not waste time on “don’t intervene in the market,” because that is basically a nonsense mantra. It is an excuse for giving up.