Archive for December, 2010

You are where you are and I am where I am because of the things we did.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 28, 2010 by Cash Culture And Violence

I didn’t plan on falling in ____ with you, and I doubt if
you planned on falling in ____ with me. But it was clear that
neither of us could control what was happening to us. Despite our
differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was
created. For me, ____ like that has happened only once and that’s
why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory.
I’ll never forget a single moment of it. -Notebook

Capitalism and Economics in the USA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 22, 2010 by Cash Culture And Violence

It is widely held in the United States that capitalism is our economic system and that it is good for us. I would first like to discuss capitalism in the words of James Maynard Keynes,

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. ” 

An astounding belief indeed when considering it requires a system of infinite growth and an infinite trashcan within a finite system called the planet Earth. Right there, at the first step in the economic principle, we see that capitalism has a severe disconnect from reality. Such a scheme doesn’t even work on paper let alone when applied in the real world. This system of perpetual growth also relies heavily on private ownership of everything in your community. This is what led to the privatization of all water in Bolivia in the 1990’s. Rain, river, or from the faucet water was owned by a single corporation, Bechtel. Collecting rain, spring, or well water became stealing. This resulted in terrible conditions that impoverished and incarcerated much of the population. This was the wet dream of capitalism.
As many people have pointed out in academia and elsewhere, the USA is not really a capitalist society. In fact, we’re a command economy in which the vast majority of economic activity is under the direct control of very few hands by virtue of private ownership in corporate conglomerates. If institutional analysis is taken to the next level it becomes clear that the United States is in fact a fascist economic and political structure. Fascism is a system in which privately owned economic power and political power to control government are no longer distinguishable (see Since private power is authoritarian by design, the government is effectively authoritarian even though democratic institutions are technically in place. This is evident by the revolving door that exists between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and those they regulate (corporate media), weapons manufacturers (e.g. Lockheed Martin) and those in national defense, and the list goes on, seemingly without end.
This drive to fascism is a logical consequence of unchecked capitalist values: profit and private ownership. Given enough time, a capitalist institution will put a price on everything and literally own the country. Any democratic system that does not put sufficient safeguards in place to combat this behavior will no longer have effective control. This has happened in the United States and is pervasive at all levels of our society. While isolated groups, such as intentional communities, are able to operate without much outside interference they will never be allowed to effect the hierarchy of power on the state or national stage.
For these reasons and more, capitalism needs to be abolished. It has never been a viable system and will continue to degrade human rights throughout the world. The profit incentive is a sick system in which the goal is to rip people off. For example, if you work for me and it’s worth 100 dollars I must pay you 90 dollars and convince you that’s fair. That is how you make a profit. You can also sell something more than what it’s worth, that’s called “value added” by economists. Every time I take advantage of your situation, I’m adding value. A failed world view. A more viable choice is ecological economics. Look it up, a leading figure is Josh Farley.


Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 by Cash Culture And Violence

A concise study in Westcoastsynthesizerbeachbumgangstermusic, as inspired by Killer Reese One and Troublemaker

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 by Cash Culture And Violence

Killer Reese One, by way of Bleu Collar and now King Fantastic.. if you don’t know the names you better pay attention. King fantastic is made up of two of the West Coast’s best artists Killer Reese One and Troublemaker. Killer Reese One is a gifted lyricist and Troublemaker is an international DJ and producer.

Off of Finger snaps and gun claps comes the Lost art of killing, a track dedicated to the bad guy. As of last week they began shooting the video for Lost art of killing, its being directed by Nick Goossen. Set in the 1950’s with Reese driving a period correct Pontiac through the streets of Los Angeles. The set feels like a mobster driving around with a checklist of people to put a hit on, when in fact Reese is just and ordinary blue collar guy with a taste for blood and the lost art of killing.