Skip to main content

Dear Diary, after months of struggling to connect the dots of modern American history, circumstances seem to have resulted in a significant "self-outing" of capitalism as a fundamentally anti-social system. It seems great when times were great. But the times, they have long been a changing.

Without an extended history lesson covering the Cold War--the hyped fear and contrasting domestic prosperity from defense industrialism--the sudden end to the Cold War, the ensuing era called "globalism", and waves of technological advancement (robotics and office automation) have resulted in a loss of middle class jobs of historic proportions. The separation of American economic fortunes is now characterized as the winners who take all and the 99% who don't. That may stretch it a bit but the middle is gone for all generalities and ain't coming back. Radical change will unearth new economy. But the heartless own the House. And the "party of no" means 250 million or so unfulfilled dead yeses.

So a new pontiff of the Catholic church, a Pope Francis, emerges to dare shake the conscience of the west to answer for itself as progress has been long been stifled by an insatiable hard-hearted purism and a resigned-to-caving-propensity to buy favor from it which appears to be never forth-coming. And the faces of defenders of the faith in market totalities and unfettered capitalism "rush" to tell the Pope off. And these faces are familiar just older and uglier now. Voices heartless. They are very simply, anti-social. Rush Limbaugh? Glenn Beck? Darrel Issa? Rick Perry? Karl Rove? Bill O'Reilly? Dick Cheney? Indeed the right-wing partisan media industrial complex with Rupert Murdoch and Charles and David counting their manipulative chips with shit-eating grins? Anti-social, anti-plural. Excluding. Out of sight? Out of existence on their balance sheet.

Democrats endeavor to offset the harshness of the anti-social ideologue who loses no sleep over anyone else's broken used up bodies not yet ready for death or children wondering why can't we stop living in the car. But they or we have not managed very well to fight the ever-droning stereotype of tax and spend liberals by re-branding under any umbrella strong enough and distinctive enough to unite we the 99%. And thus the penetrating grip of expanding industrialized partisan media persuades the small of mind and large of emotion to vote against their own interests in returning the anti-social capitalist to power. Chris Christie?  

What seems to be called for is not "social capitalism" versus "anti-social capitalism" because that might be walking into the trap of admitting social-ISM without emphasizing enough that the system is essentially still capitalist. The wording may much better be to voice it as "pro-social capitalism" versus "anti-social capitalism" to get to the heart of the American divide (now that foreign "red menaces" are dead and long decomposed).

Who among us wishes to openly admit we are "anti-social"? I know I am not and can't imagine being that. Perhaps there will be many people if given the clearer cut choice between a decidedly refined and explicit "pro-social capitalism" and an "anti-social capitalism" will choose anyway to jump aboard the coo-coo caucus train with the Newt Gingriches and Rick Santorums of clearly anti-social old guard capitalism. But if ever there were a time for re-branding to say something of essential distinction against the tide of naked heartlessness which has now been outted completely by its own excesses, it is now.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site