they call it “consumer society” but obviously the problem is production not consumption. if people consumed in a rational and ethical way (as urged by some be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world liberals) everything would go down like a stack of cards, because we’ve come up with this paradoxical society where (for example) automation is a problem instead of a solution, so that even if technology reached a point where it’s superfluous for most of the human population to work – so theoretically a society without any “needs” – this would not solve poverty but create more of it. don’t be thinking of a “fully automated” society as something like the space cruise in WALL-E because that’s effectively impossible. if humans were “unproductive” there wouldn’t be any profit in keeping them alive
This meme depicts a faceless cartoon-y character with its limbs knotted up, standing unsteadily on the ground. The loving character represents how difficult it is to fully comprehend the meaning of Christian Aestheticism. Why does something stemming from a revolutionary artistic and intellectual movement have negative connotations? How does emphasis on beauty encourage violence? Vox Populi, Vox Dei translates to “The voice of the people is the voice of god.” Fundamentally, this is an anarchist ideal. The validity of human law is null and void in light of nature’s laws. Bakunin says the scientific method is reflected in the real world as a societal shift towards types of organization that most accurately reflect life. Government will inevitably become what religion already has become: an old, man-made structure that goes to violent means to retain the power it has been granted by the people. Religion results in Christian Aestheticism, where intellectuals and artists support aesthetic values over socio-political themes. This aestheticism complements capitalism, because it promotes class (and therefore ignorance and oppression), and leads to utilitarianism, where the human populus is heartless and mindless. Aestheticism encourages pure beauty and aims to please visual and emotional senses. These elements cannot satiate the human intellect, but they are pleasing distractions. Capitalism pits the individual against society. Goldman says the individual is the heart of society; the lungs being society itself (supplying the life materials or elements experienced by the individual). Society shapes the individual, so a poison society, where domination is the key essence of form and function, poisons individuals. Positivism and statism imply that society requires domination. Domination is not sustainable according to nature’s laws. All of the three forms of domination defined by Weber lean on some faith in rule and man-made law. If liberty was a primary concern of a nation, that nation would foster a healthy symbiotic relationship between society and the individual by halting domination and building a society from the bottom up, as anarchism aims to do. This requires halting class, which cannot be done when nihilistic religious mentalities are employed via wealthy, aesthetically oriented organizations. Positivism claims that scientific evidence and empirical study are the only effective ways to study how societies work. Metaphysicians, Bakunin writes, value science as a powerful god, and theory as set guidelines that may encompass life, as opposed to manifestations or indicators of different forms of life (natural, social…). This allows for justification and longevity of terrible historical themes such as slavery and apartheid. Systematization of society boils down to statism, a political system where the state has centralized control over social and economic affairs. Statism reflects life by demonstrating the toxic futility and dreadful repercussions of class. Wealthy oppressors tend to use aesthetics for advertising. Aesthetics can be used to silence populations that need to be given a voice to catalyze change. In conclusion, starvation of the human intellect such as that which occurs in caste systems or societies that utilize domination makes way for larger class divides and human suffering.