Since the dawn of time, life has been a competition. Competing against the elements to stay alive. Competing with every other life form for resources. Even plants compete for sunlight, water and nutrients to the point of killing every other plant by keeping them in the shade. All things strive. This is natural.
Hierarchy is also a natural thing. A pack of wolves will band together in order to take down larger prey and for defense against other predators. While on the surface this would seem to prove that competition isn’t a law of nature, one just has to look a little deeper. Every pack has an Alpha or leader of some kind. The leader will get the lion’s share of the kill and choice of female/s to breed with, giving his genes the better chance of survival. This leader is typically chosen through competition, a battle to the death in some cases. So, while cooperation is possible, competition for resources is always present, whether these resources be food, reproductive rights or anything else.
Thus, to today’s topic: Capitalism. My friend Delicious Tacos posted a drunken rant about Capitalism recently and one of my readers asked me to respond to it. While that is not the sole focus of this post, consider it…inspired by his rant.
Capitalism is all about competition. Economic Darwinism, to some degree…survival of the fittest. We aren’t out killing each other for the right to hunt a particular herd or fish a certain river anymore. On the surface, at least, the competition has gotten more civilized. Dig a little deeper, however, and it becomes apparent that the stakes are still nearly as high and the consequences of losing the game resound through generations. Your failure at the game of Capitalism could mean your grandchildren living in shitty housing projects, unless they are unusually ambitious.
There always those who aren’t as driven, ambitious or bloodthirsty enough. These are the people who will vote for the “People’s Socialist Party of Free Money” every time. They always have excuses. “There aren’t enough jobs!” Bullshit. There are plenty. And if you can’t find a job that suits you, create one. Figure out a service that rich people would like, and fill the niche. Some woman decided to start doing decorative pubic hair trimming and colouring for the rich and famous and makes millions. Invent a fucking job. Write a book.
I hear all the time that all the blue collar, factory/manufacturing jobs are gone overseas so that’s not an option anymore and America doesn’t produce anything. Oddly enough, there are over 500 paper mills in the US employing hundreds of thousands. I’ve checked the “Careers” page for 3 chemical plants and paper companies, and they all have pages upon pages of jobs posted. I’ve worked in fuel refineries, carpet factories, cotton gins, paper mills, chemical plants, sewage plants, water plants, plywood mills, power plants….the list goes on and on. All in the US. And pretty much every place was short handed, believe it or not. There goes that excuse….
Then there’s another idea I see a lot on the Manosphere that any job is “slavery.” As DT so politely put it, you are “sucking corporate cock” and the company hates you for costing them money. If you aren’t a self employed millionaire, you’re a miserable wage slave and you need to quit your horrible job and take off to a third world country and bang a bunch of brown skinned girls. I would like to point out that if everyone did this, infrastructure would collapse and people would be starving in short order. This little “freedom porn” lifestyle that’s preached so much on the Sphere can only exist because real men are building and maintaining the power grid, water systems, sewage systems, food production and everything else while you stay in hostels and bang broke girls who just want money or a ticket to America. Work isn’t slavery, work is what makes the world go around.
People wail so much about the plight of the poor, and how they are being left behind, etc. Hmm….it wasn’t all that long ago that the poor lived in huts and worked from dusk till dawn in the fields, then had to give up 90 percent of the fruits of their labour to pay for the right to farm that land. Now the poor have TV, cable, a roof over their heads, free Obamaphones, free healthcare, free food, free education…..yet they are being left behind? Hardly. They have it better now than they ever have. And still they bitch, protest and do ignorant bullshit like “Fight for 15″ and “Occupy Wall Street.” Maybe if you idiots were hustling instead of standing around holding a sign, you would have more money. Poverty these days is not being able to afford 2 cars like your fucking neighbors. Spare me.
This brings me to the idea that “everyone deserves a living wage.” Hell, they apparently deserve a living wage even if they aren’t working or contributing to society in any way. Why do you “deserve” anything? Someone has to grow/produce that food you’re eating. Someone had to build the apartment you’re living in. Someone is working every day to make sure water comes out when you turn the faucet valve. People are working to keep the lights on and keep the roads drivable. Why the hell do you deserve the fruits of their labour, if you aren’t giving anything in return? If you’re just breathing air, producing CO2, eating food and producing SHIT, I have news for you…..Not only do you not have worth, you have NEGATIVE worth. You are a liability, a parasite, you are a hole in society’s gas tank leaking resources. Yet you “deserve” all this? Because you were born? I’m working, you deserve a piece of my earnings? You want my money “redistributed?” Guess what….since you are nothing but a consumer, the money will go right back where it came from. The producers. You’re poor because you don’t know what the fuck to do with the money anyway.
Humans have no intrinsic value. None. There is no reason for society to keep your non-producing ass on life support, which is exactly what welfare and “redistribution” is. We’re just using resources to keep a vegetable alive. If a girl showed up at your house and said she would not be cooking, cleaning or having sex with you but she expected you to support her for the rest of her life, what would your reaction be? Yeah, that’s the same way I feel about “socialism.” Unless you are producing goods or services that someone else values, you don’t matter. Money is just a means of keeping score. Tokens of credit. If you do enough shit that is valuable to society in your life, you get to stop producing and coast till you die. That’s capitalism. It’s just the modern version of competing for resources, but in these more civil times, losing doesn’t mean the death of your pack/tribe nor starvation. It just means you start back at the bottom, and likely your kids do too, unless somebody really hustles. You won’t starve, you won’t die. Quit complaining.
I also see so much anger at corporations for their “evil greed” or whatever. Really? Are you not greedy?
Imagine you take your car to the shop because it’s not running well. They tell you what’s wrong and that it will cost you $800 to fix. You tell your friend about it and he says “Yeah, that’s all labour cost. I’m good with cars, you buy the parts and a case of beer and I’ll come buy and fix it for you.” Parts will cost you $200.
What do you do? Unless you’re a total retard, you’re gonna buy your friend a case of beer and save $600. But wait, you greedy bastard. If lots of people are letting their mechanically inclined friends work on their car, or doing it themselves, you’re putting John, Earl and Bubba down at the shop out of business! You’ve just cost 3 men their livelihood with your greed, you bastard. I’m sure you feel really guilty. We’re all greedy. We work to get ours, and we want to pay as little as possible for the things we need so we have more fore luxury items and things we want. The less a corporation can pay to produce its product, the more profit for them. I’m sure if you socialist leaning folks ran multi-billion dollar companies, you would pay every worker $250,000 a year and you would live in a studio apartment and eat McDonalds. Since we hate hearing about a worker making 60K a year when the CEO who built the company from the ground up is making 5 million a year, right? It’s NOT FAIR!
Life is competition. Life is strife. Get out there and cut some throats (figuratively), step on some hands to get to that next rung on the ladder. It’s nature’s design, and you can’t screw with nature.
[Note: No offense to DT, I like the guy and he’s a great person to talk to while drunk. I don’t hold his skinny jeans and communism against him.]