Capitalism: An Old World Order

Capitalism: An Old World Order

Capitalism, Especially Its Corporate And Monetary Components, Act As A Failed Attempt At A Type One civilization.
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Since the end of World War II, the international world order of political apparatuses such as the United Nations has established a defacto global community in which institutions and individuals can interact in a mutually neutral environment. Lesser-remembered international agreements started during this time includes the economic agreement known as the Brenton Woods agreement. This became basis for the international currency known as the Petrodollar, derived is from the US dollar as an international standard of exchange. Political networks entangle the United States with the supranational institution of NATO, alliances with Arabian oil kingdoms like Saudi Arabia, policies of regime change and economic hitmen to orient other nations's economic policies, amongst many other questionable policies and trends. A structure of corporate conglomerates formed as a reaction by markets to the hegemonic nature of the Petrodollar. This resulted in structures of corporate networks among the world's 43,000 transnational corporations; forming an economic core of 1318 mega corporations controlling 80% of global revenue. Within this corporate core resides large financial institutions like Barclays, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, AXA, etc; as well as the worlds largest oil companies such as Exxon, BP, etc.https://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf

Together, the monetary structure of the United States's World Bank and the European Union's International Monetary Fund that facilitate the global currency system, challenge by the Brazil-Russian-India-China-South Africa alliance of the BRICS Development Bank, in addition to the Chinese based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is putting pressure on the global hegemony of the Petrodollar. Such economic struggles will fail to solve economic issues and will result in corporate consolidation of the global economic system. In order to prevent further chaos and hardship, we must assess our current situation and prevent new mistakes and errors.

By allowing private capital to transcend national boundaries via multinational corporation's, banking institutions, and other structures of privatized wealth; the corporate core network of 1318 transnational corporations form a de facto global structure. The global structure of the worlds largest multinational corporation's with resources of all areas of industry and from all creations of civilization that also consist of the banking institutions that drive the currencies of the world, with a particular emphasis on the global petrodollar system; results in a corporate-monetary system that generates its own conception of wealth, growth, and development that completely negates the thought of "externalities". Also known as the consequences of actions taken by these corporate entities, especially in context to macro level phenomenons and potential large scale repercussions. The global structure systematically installs permanence and legitimacy to plagues of civilization such as inequality, war, poverty, illness/disease, and other repercussions of the privatization of capital extracted through a market system that commodifies resources into capital capable of utilization by the owner of said capital.

The globalization of private capital is as contradictory as it is paradoxical. Its efficiency in transforming resources into capital that is networked rapidly across the globe in systems of consumerism in all areas of life will become its own self-destructive mechanism. The direct association of this defacto world structure has overseen the complete devastation of the world's biosphere through its incompetencies and internal failures, mistakes, and contradictions. But even with these immense failures, the industrial capability and capacity generated has the means of rapidly shifting into a new structure entirely.

The industrial capacity of over a century ago was capable of waging war on a global scale; and was able to repeat on a larger scale twenty years later with an industrial mobilization of war that waged for years. When the United States economy, the basis for which the global economy was later modeled, shifted from domestic production to war industry during the second world war; it only took six months to see a complete shift of priorities. Without a massive realignment of priorities, the global structure of the corporate-monetary system no matter what nation or alliances of nations control the system; will be incapable of solving the issues of the world in a manner that will place proper responsibility and accountability on achieving the tasks at hand, correcting past mistakes/errors, and ensuring the basis of a legitimate world structure. One that is capable of ensuring the collective intentions of the human species towards being wise custodians of the biosphere of Earth.

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No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You

Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.
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In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina woman, was brutally murdered after having sex with a U.S. marine. The marine in question, Joseph Scott Pemberton, strangled her until she was unconscious and then proceeded to drown her in a toilet bowl.

Understandably, this crime triggered a lot of outrage. But while some were outraged over the horrific nature of the crime, many others were outraged by a different detail in the story. That was because Jennifer Laude had done the unspeakable. She was a trans woman and had not disclosed that information before having sex with Pemberton. So in the minds of many cis people, her death was the price she paid for not disclosing her trans status. Here are some of the comments on CNN's Facebook page when the story broke.

As a trans person, I run into this attitude all the time. I constantly hear cis people raging about how a trans person is "lying" if they don't come out to a potential partner before dating them. Pemberton himself claimed that he felt like he was "raped" because Laude did not come out to him. Even cis people that fashion themselves as "allies" tend to feel similar.

Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people, so they should have a right to know if a potential partner is trans before dating them. These people view transness as a mere physical quality that they just aren't attracted to.

The issue with this logic is that the person in question is obviously attracted to trans people, or else they wouldn't be worried about accidentally going out with one. So these people aren't attracted to trans people because of some physical quality, they aren't attracted to trans people because they are disgusted by the very idea of transness.

Disgust towards trans people is ingrained in all of us from a very early age. The gender binary forms the basis of European societies. It establishes that there are men and there are women, and each has a specific role. For the gender binary to have power, it has to be rigid and inflexible. Thus, from the day we are born, we are taught to believe in a very static and strict form of gender. We learn that if you have a penis, you are a man, and if you have a vagina, you are a woman. Trans people are walking refutations of this concept of gender. Our very existence threatens to undermine the gender binary itself. And for that, we are constantly demonized. For example, trans people, mainly women of color, continue to be slaughtered in droves for being trans.

The justification of transphobic oppression is often that transness is inherently disgusting. For example, the "trans panic" defense still exists to this day. This defense involves the defendant asking for a lesser sentence after killing a trans person because they contend that when they found out the victim was trans, they freaked out and couldn't control themselves. This defense is still legal in every state but California.

And our culture constantly reinforces the notion that transness is undesirable. For example, there is the common trope in fictional media in which a male protagonist is "tricked" into sleeping with a trans woman. The character's disgust after finding out is often used as a punchline.

Thus, not being attracted to trans people is deeply transphobic. The entire notion that someone isn't attracted to a group of very physically diverse group of people because they are trans is built on fear and disgust of trans people. None of this means it is transphobic to not be attracted to individual trans people. Nor is it transphobic to not be attracted to specific genitals. But it is transphobic to claim to not be attracted to all trans, people. For example, there is a difference between saying you won't go out with someone for having a penis and saying you won't go out with someone because they're trans.

So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.

The one scenario in which I would say a trans person should disclose their trans status is if they are going to have sex with someone and are unsure if their partner is attracted to whatever genitals they may have. In that case, I think it's courteous for a trans person to come out to avoid any awkwardness during sex. But even then, a trans person isn't "lying" if they don't come out and their partner is certainly not being "raped."

It is easy to look at the story of Jennifer Laude and claim that her death was due to the actions of one bigot. But it's more complicated than that. Pemberton was the product of a society that told him that disgust towards trans people was reasonable and natural. So when he found out that he accidentally slept with a trans woman, he killed her.

Every single cis person that says that trans people have to come out because they aren't attracted to trans people feeds into the system that caused Jennifer Laude's death. And until those cis people acknowledge their complicity in that system, there will only be more like Jennifer Laude.

SEE ALSO: Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You're Trans Before Dating

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To My Parents Who Traveled Across The Globe For Opportunity

I'd say the 17 hour plane ride was worth it.

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Dear Mom and Dad,

April, 1998: an important and historical month for the Mugeta clan. It was in this month that you, Mom, (eight months pregnant), and you, Dad (definitely not pregnant but definitely exhausted), left the familiar and bustling city of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and flew over some 8,000 miles over 17 hours, to the land of 10,000 lakes: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dad, you were lucky enough to get selected for the U.S Diversity and Lottery program (which, cough, a certain president is trying to eliminate) and had friends here in Minneapolis who were willing to let a few stranglers stay in their apartment for a few months.

Coming to Minneapolis, you guys just wanted the chance to explore. The United States is incredibly hyped up across the globe. "America this, America that, the American dream." Mom, you told me that you jumped at the chance to fly here because, "It's America, and who doesn't want to come here?"

In the 20 years that you've lived here, you've done so many things. You guys had me, Dee and Chris, got jobs, bought a house, Mom, you got a degree and, of course, dealt with the rebellious American generation kids you were raising. Doing all these things isn't easy; too many people make it sound as if moving across the world is easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy when it is far from that. It is shockingly expensive when it shouldn't be, incredibly selective and terrifying. But you guys still make it seem easy.

The judgment that immigrants get from "American Natives" is embarrassing and makes my skin crawl. People, like you two, have uprooted your lives for better opportunity and experiences, yet people will still label you as "job stealers" and other dumb things. It took nine years for us to visit family, to see the Grandmas, Aunt, Uncles and cousins. You didn't just move here for the "American glamour."

It's easy to get caught up in Western cultures and ideas. I'm guilty of it. Sometimes, I take what you do for granted and I feel ashamed thinking about it. I can be selfish and extremely headstrong. Mom, I know you're reading this and laughing because you know this already and know how I always think I'm right about everything.

It's thanks to you guys I get to study a major I love, have all these connections with so many people, have two places to call home and have a stronger bond with others thanks to the experiences we've faced together.

Thanks for being the most genuine parents ever. Seriously. You guys teach me so much and make me want to do everything the world has to offer. I feel like I could be an engineer, teacher and even astrophysicist from all the encouragement you give me. I might be bad at math, but you make it all seem like it's possible.

People who don't have immigrant parents are missing out: the dual languages (even though I can barely stutter three sentences in Swahili), traditional clothing, music that makes you want to dance out of the planet as well as other aspects of culture that just make your everyday life more diverse. And I'm thankful for the culture in my life. I'm privileged to be able to teach and show my children the culture I grew up with and will continue to embrace for the rest of my life.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for being the best. And for not making me be a Doctor.

Sincerely,

Sera

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