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 who want to achieve or maximize their potential. It is, a little too dramatically, called “oppression” sometimes. Society is usually trying to oppress; 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. So, I am being very cynical here, so, 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! Even conservatives believe in it: some vague notion of equality is always attested to. It’s all just bullshit. I am being too cynical here, but it exists certainly and it is so American and you cannot get away from this display. It is saying: “We are Good,” and that is how Chomsky put it, actually, in one piece. My insight here is that, 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, and leaders (who are not to be confused with masses) are powerful. Even though US/America is a democracy, how much power do the leaders have? How much power leaders have seems like a dark and somber topic, really, something you should discuss 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!) control over his destiny? It certainly does not. Capitalism changes us, but we do not control those events that preceded us, and that got us here. Now the challenge is that, the capitalist period having already been bestowed, how can the social or political systems get a grip on it? So, that’s 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.” Because that’s stupid. It is a disgusting, abject capitulation to our own ignorance, actually. We should be looking for the right ways, for what are the suitable means to do this, and it is not easy. Difficult to do, but our destiny is to regulate it, intervene in it at some point, or modify. Let’s search for those tools. Let’s search with the same energy we would put into finding a filament for a light bulb or any other complex solution. Let’s not waste time on “don’t intervene in the market” because that is a nonsense mantra, an excuse for giving up.