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WHY DO WE NEED A CAPITALIST MANIFESTO?

The capitalistmanifesto.xyz serves no political team agenda. We've tried to avoid the dogwhistle of lowest common denominator populism. Instead, we're pushing back against the mainstream trend of dumbing down complex things in the real world, by framing every public debate in an ubiquitous good-team/bad-team dichotomy. Power structures of authority are practical and pervasive but not designed with you in mind. Truth frequently doesn't serve profit or the divide-and-rule polarization of the population; and the latter comes first. The last thing our ruling elites want is an unpredictable population converging aggressively to force genuine political and socioeconomic change.

Most of your fellow citizens function by habit and path of least resistance but any student of history knows the violence of the mob and how close it is to the surface of civilized society. Governments know civilization is a delicate balance. It doesn't need evil conspiracy to explain the authoritarian self-interest of ruling elites. Much of their self-interest coincides with yours. Peace is better than civil war, after all and stability is more comfortable than chaos. Social breakdown means societies run by militia and mob rule. This would disrupt profitable arrangements, wasting energy in mindless conflicts that never end well for entrenched authority.

Our hollow governments of status quo exploitation have become an obstacle to future well-being, different flavors same outcomes across all the world's populations. While the problems we face aren't created by oligarchy, they're part of the problem by not being part of a solution. Time is pressing and human civilization is slowly devolving. Foresight says "change direction or else sleepwalk into extinction". Rulers and ruled are locked into systems that make sleepwalking a fait accompli. Let's not do that...

CONTENTS

  • The Problem: a small collection of short articles about the intractable problems facing our world as it is today;
  • The Capitalist Manifesto: a working paradigm for a humane society of free citizens that thrives on innovation, competition, ambition, merit, and individual potential - equality of opportunity not equality of outcome - without requiring revolution or relying on perpetual systems of exploitation;
  • The Human World: a condensed socioeconomic history so you know where today's world comes from and why;
  • The Only Game In Town: a course teaching about propaganda and how to train yourself to identify, deconstruct, and not be manipulated by it, plus a sub-site of Hot Button Topics;
  • Recommendations: a curated list of media, books, recommended items of interest as suggested by users of the site.


"Ideology only works when it's the start of public conversation, never as a means to a predetermined end."
“Ambition’ is ‘greed’ rebranded.”Mokokoma Mokhonoana

THE PROBLEM

Complex layers of institutional authority, propaganda, media, orthodoxies imposed by law, the atomizing inertia of endemic class conventions and above all the semi-organic expediencies of consumer capitalism maintain - and often exacerbate - an iniquitous social order, safeguarding instead the all-important continuity of inherited land, wealth, and influence. The dichotomy of ruler and ruled predates capitalism but it has persisted from feudalism into modern consumer capitalism with a surprisingly unchanging dynamic. Your security is a lucky by-product. Your lifestyle is not guaranteed to stay unmolested, especially as the continuity of the ruling elite is having to impose riskier and riskier ways to condition the working class to vote against their own best interests while remaining productive servants of plutocracy. This story can't end well for the general population. You included. Read the full article here.

"The past two decades' transformative technology has had surprisingly little impact on day to day quality of life for the average citizen. There is, if anything, less holding entrenched power and wealth to account than in generations prior. How can this be? Modern plutocracy is not as shambolic as the media would have us believe. Institutional power uses a potent mix of authority, legislation and technology to organize actively (and preemptively) against disruptive influences, obscuring their activities (where possible) to strictly limit the spread of bad ideas. The public is kept in a constant hypernormalized reality - a state of part-confusion part-zealous certainty - a battery of media outlets directing a never-ending bullshit spigot of urgency and anxiety at the minds of the population. Against the army of the orthodox are a far smaller, less organized militia of investigative journalists, counter-cultural voices, alt-media and independent sources, publishing an alternative stream of information, including bringing to light every egregious act of government oligarchy. Exposing the truth of systemic abuse of power should be a catalyst for change as an angry public holds the perpetrators accountable - in law, at the ballot box, by physical overthrow if need be - but, if anything, the sheer scale of toxic bullshit and ephemeral clickbait propagated by media (corporate monopoly) and the engines of convention (corrupted politics) carries all before it; accountability included. It's an oligarchy of wealth blindly driving a population of consumers and wageslaves on a trajectory that's compounding increasingly gross inequality in a society that's atomizing in a way that risks terminal disintegration." - Buzz Aldrin, astronaut

THIS IS DEMOCRATIC PLUTOCRACY

It is essential to understand that democracy, in the day-to-day lives of 7.5 billion human beings, is not simply as a set of laudable textbook ideals. In reality, democracy is the most evolved, robust, and responsive political system on Earth. Not because it perfectly serves the interests of a population but because it balances directly serving the long-term needs of the stakeholders in a nation's neo-feudal wealth with the unbroken continuity of secure, stable, non-totalitarian society under the rule of law; while offering enough (i.e. as little as necessary) free expression of the aggregated often-contradictory demands of the governed population. Read the full article here.

"Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few." - David Hume

CAPITALISM VS SOCIALISM IS BULLSHIT

The ideological separation of capitalism (free and empowered individual citizen) and socialism (collective support safeguarding all citizens) is the most divisive misconception of the modern world. Small wonder it's been conditioned so deeply into the minds of the population. It's a way to polarize people into teams, irreconcilable to each other, subjugated to the dictates of conventions (from above) and self-policing citizen conformity to team-convention expectations. Apologists for total capitalism or advocates for 100% socialism, unless it's in the context of a real-world that's a blend of both, are either unwittingly passing along propaganda that's been designed to atomize or else wilfully playing at polemics, arguing for argument's sake. In truth, free-market capitalism dominates the world, with socialist twisted to serve the continuity of power dynamics, the enrichment of the wealthy, the exploitation of the population and - ultimately - the necessary constant of the money equality: consumption. Read on for the full article.

Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence—those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you'd collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”Aldous Huxley
"The next step after cheap is free, and after free is disposable." - Bill Joy (Why The Future Doesn't Need Us, 2000)

TECHNOLOGY DRIVING EVOLUTION

For billions of years, evolution followed the slow pace of the "blind watchmaker" - natural selection by survival of the fittest - but recently it's been overtaken by advancing technology, an exponentially faster agent of change and the real-world expression of a unique phenomenon: human intelligence. The jury's out whether our species has the wisdom, foresight and common decency to walk the line between evolving alongside technology - as it changes our world - or our changed world accelerating the technology of human extinction. More importantly, potent forces work night and day to control and direct the evolving technology; and it soon makes human labour obsolete (as it will), how long before the Morlocks decide to extirpate the Eloi forever? Read the full article here.

"I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil whose possibility spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals."Bill Joy (One Huge Computer, 1998)

FACE THE EXISTENTIAL THREATS

We've only a tiny fraction equipped to contribute to humanity's forward movement and the rest are disenfranchised, trained by fear, and ignorance to resist any movement at all. What if the next pandemic is worse? Or we spot an extinction-level asteroid on a collision course with the Earth? Read the full article here.


THE CAPITALIST MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO FUNDAMENTALS

The purpose of the Capitalist Manifesto is to be an apolitical synthesis of the best elements of current and historical systems of governance, informed by lessons learned from the past century, with due consideration for current and future technology, and the need to not only safeguard freedom of opportunity for the individual but also, as a corollary, the security of the community as a whole, because this is ultimately in the best interests of the individual.

  1. Overview
  2. First Principles
  3. Questions and Answers

INALIENABLE RIGHTS

  1. National Federation (Country / State)
  2. Independent Canton (County / Congress)
  3. Free Commune (Community / Parish / District)
  4. Autonomous Families (Household / Clan)
  5. Individual Citizens (Baseline)

MANIFESTO CONSTITUTION

"Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. If I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!" - Oppressed Peasant
  1. LAYERS OF AUTHORITY
  2. GEOPHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
  3. CAPITALISM
  4. COMMUNITY QUALITY OF LIFE
  5. CITIZEN QUALITY OF LIFE
  6. CITIZEN AND COMMUNITY SECURITY
  7. COMMUNITY REGULATION
  8. THE LAW
  9. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  10. Notes


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THE HUMAN WORLD

"There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge." - Roger Bacon (Opus Magus, 1267)

LANDLORDS AND 7 BILLION TENANTS

All of today's major countries sit on a continuous timeline on which democratic governments are a relatively recent phenomenon. Few hundred years ago the same territories were ruled by absolute feudal right by aristocratic bloodlines. The majority of the population were common tenants of feudal landlords. The shift to democracy wasn't a simple transition of power into public hands but instead a solution to egregious landlord privilege, giving a little ground to the population while safeguarding (as best as circumstances allowed) lineage power dynamics.

It's important to see our societies for what they are, not what they're advertised to be. There's no level playing field. If you're born poor and landless, it's 99.9% likely that's how you'll die. This isn't because of some evil global conspiracy of bloodlines but a natural consequence of feudal land rights and continuity of the rule of law protecting - quite reasonably - the rightful property of family inheritance. Read on for the complete picture.

LINEAGE LAND RIGHTS

Institutional power hasn't grown more powerful, in the past fifty years, simply by getting better at hiding truth. In fact, quite the opposite. Democracy is the dominant social contract and freedom exists, for more humans than ever before. Lightning is kept in the bottle by almost entirely peaceful citizen policing and the crimes of corporate government are exposed daily by a thousand independent voices. Quality of life in the industrialized world is not improving, however, despite technology advancing and a stable middle-class population. Education has stopped advancing. Innovation is locked down by monopolies and consumer path of least resistance.

Political power is wielded by a small number of oligarch-serving professionals and protest falls on deaf ears. At its root, there's a simple-sounding, intractable mismatch driving this decline of the active plutocracy and the passive population: lineage land rights. No matter how much of a maelstrom society may look, from year to year, through the lens of our colorized institutionalized history and contemporary media shock-porn, the robust neo-feudal dynamic of landlord and tenant hasn’t been genuinely threatened in literally hundreds of years. Read the full article.

MANUFACTURED CONSENT

"Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs, which are none of their business…the public are to be observers, not participants, consumers of ideology as well as products.” - Noam Chomsky
  1. Consumerism
    • “Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt . they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.” - Noam Chomsky
  2. Building Orthodoxy
    • "All orthodox opinion - that is, today, revolutionary opinion either of the pure or impure variety - is anti-man." - Wyndham Lewis
  3. Conventionalism and Übermensch-Untermensch
    • “In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.” - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables | “But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. Psychometrics and Cognition Scale
    • "Psychometrics is the use of big data about large numbers of people, to score each individual in the Big Five personality traits and Cognition Scale percentile rating for an individual's thinking capacity. Psychometrics allow precision targeting - and influencing - individuals, at scale, in group datasets of millions."
  5. Data Industrial Complex
    • "Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us [by corporations, political parties and oligarchs] with military efficiency... Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself... Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or 'crazy.'" - Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  6. Atomization
    • "The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomization, for the psychic isolation of the individual." - Carl Jung | "I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom."

21st CENTURY BARE

  1. Lord States and Vassals
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Lords and Serfs
  4. The Citadel
  5. Underbelly
  6. Dark Money
  7. Jobs
  8. Global Scale
  9. Technocracy
  10. Public Opinion
  11. De Facto Ideology
  12. Near-Future

TIMELINE OF HISTORY

THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth. [1948 "Democratic Party" speech]” - John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)

WISE WORDS

PROPAGANDA PSYCHOMETRICS

By the 20th-century everyone needed to be literate. Because of the World Wars everyone needed a vote. But how could the world of nations resist the passing of wealth and power to the proletariat - either in some dystopia of communism or in violent revolution against privilege? Universal suffrage and universal literacy were the key objectives of the progressive movements. Both were conceded by the ruling class, grudgingly at first but willingly and without restriction once solutions to the disruption potential of a literate voting public had been found.

Universal literacy, a threat to social stability throughout the 19th-century, particularly in educating Labour to organize against excessive exploitation by Capital. The solution was propaganda. Universal suffrage was solved by atomization through propaganda honed to intensify the population's worst instincts against their best interests.

  1. DEFINITION
  2. THINK!
  3. ANGLES
  4. THE TWELVE RULES OF PROPAGANDA
  5. IN THE REAL WORLD
  6. PSYCHOMETRICS
  7. CASE STUDIES
  8. RESOURCES


"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” - Herman Göhring (Reichsmarschall des Grossdeutschen Reiches)
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HOT BUTTON TOPICS

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PODCAST

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The real world of seven-plus billion human beings is so far beyond simple metrics like good and evil as to make mere presentation of big data an irrelevant distraction when it comes to understanding the reality of complex society. Instead, humbly acknowledging its inadequacy, Capitalist Manifesto is choosing the blunderbuss method of content recommendation.

BOOKS

Nothing distills knowledge better than long-form written text. It's perennially annoying because time is finite and we all know it's so much easier to passively absorb a video distillation. But the learning doesn't penetrate. It doesn't stick the way it needs to, to become part of your brain's intellectual arsenal, without the detail and the focused mental interaction.

  1. Mythologies (Roland Barthes, 1957) {English translation}
  2. The Medium is the Message (Marshall Mcluhan, 1964)
  3. Simulacra and Simulation (Jean Baudrillard, 1981)
  4. Karl Marx - The Communist Manifesto (Free E-Book {Buy Hardcopy})
  5. 100 Books for 100 Years of the 20th-Century

WIKIPEDIA

No need to reinvent the wheel. Wikipedia is an excellent resource for both general overview and decent referenced sources. With that in mind we've included a select index of Wikipedia pages covering terms and subjects central to informed socio-political education.

  1. Progressivism
  2. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights
  3. Industrial Revolution 1760-1840
  4. List of Conspiracy Theories
  5. Alt-Right Glossary

ARTICLES | ESSAYS

We can't take responsibility for any third-party sites. The articles and essays are selected because they add to understanding of a particular subject, typically one where the mainstream narrative has been hijacked and appropriated to misdirect the public away from seeing the reality. Please report any broken links.

  1. Plutocracy and the Precariat (Noam Chomsky)
  2. The Roots of Fascism (February 11th 2020 | George Monbiot)
  3. The Rigged Darwinism of the American Dream
  4. Elites Have Forced America Into National Psychosis (Noam Chomsky)
  5. Launching Rockets and Looting Riots
  6. Extinction Rebellion "If defending life on Earth is extremist, we must own that label"
  7. US Military uses IMF, World Bank as Unconventional Weapons
  8. Dichotomy is the New Opiate of the Masses
  9. Confronting the Great American Myth Capitalism v Socialism is a False Choice
  10. Cambridge Union 1965 debate James Baldwin and William S. Buckley
  11. An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st-Century
  12. The Tyranny of Defense Inc (Military Industrial Complex)
  13. How The Young Are Indoctrinated To Obey
  14. Radicalizing Moderates Into Extremists
  15. Trump and the Society of the Spectacle (NYT)
  16. Where Your Tax Dollar Was Spent
  17. Postmodernism - Blueprint For Western Irrelevance
  18. What Is The Problem With Social Media?
  19. Conscious and Unconscious Brain States and Agenda

VIDEO | AUDIO

Books may be the best method for in-depth learning but there are millions of subjects we ought to have in our repertoire but don't need close study. Video is our friend here. What's more, video record of historical events can be firsthand, authentic as a record of the moments in time like no other medium.

  1. President FDR on the Second Bill of Rights, 1944)
  2. Manufacturing Consent (documentary Noam Chomsky, 1988)
  3. The Century of the Self (documentry by Adam Curtis, 2002)
  4. Capitalism - A Love Story (film by Michael Moore, 2009)
  5. Hypernormalisation (film by Adam Curtis, 2016)
  6. Switzerland's Direct Democracy (short explainer film by SwissInfo.ch, 2011)
  7. Blacks Britannia (banned film about UK immigration and racism, 1978)
  8. "I Have A Dream" (Martin Luther King, 1963)
  9. Feminism Debate (Germaine Greer and William F. Buckley, 1973)
  10. Edward Snowden on the Joe Rogan Experience (podcast, 2019)
  11. Iran (Persia) from Decadence to Theocracy (BBC, 2016)
  12. Margaret Thatcher on Firing Line (interview, 1975)
  13. President Eisenhower Farewell Address (1961)
  14. Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans (2020)

MUSIC

Music is too personal to include general recommendations as part of the Capitalist Manifesto site. What we've done instead is publish suggestions where the music is specifically used to vocalize, highlight, and expose real-world forces that play a defining role in our everyday lives, but aren't taught as part of our school curriculum i.e. because 99.9% of the world is dispossessed, educated in false paradigms designed to hide the brutal scale of power and wealth they'll face if/when trying to change the circumstances of their birth.

  1. Rich Man's World (Immortal Technique, 2013)
  2. Point Of No Return (Immortal Technique, 2011)
  3. Soundtrack to the Struggle (Lowkey ft Adnan Al-Radhi, 2011)
  4. Slow Down Gandhi (Sage Francis, 2013)

PERSPECTIVE

Content - typically YouTube video - with a more cosmic or sweeping historical angle. There's a rabbit hole with each entry in the list waiting to welcome enquiring viewers...

  1. Moon - Planet - Star Size Comparison (morn1415, 2016)
  2. Journey Through The Universe (2013 film)
  3. Black Hole Comparison (morn1415, 2014)
  4. Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field (NASA, 2019)
  5. Human Population Through Time (Natural History Museum, 2016)
  6. Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (NASA, 1969)
  7. From Human Being to the Quantum Foam (morn1415, 2019)
  8. Short Obituary for the United Kingdom (short video, 2019)

CONTENT

General content suggested by external users and given the thumbs up by Capitalist Manifesto. Mostly it's instructional, sometimes it's particularly useful counter-narrative insight. All are worth a little attention.

  1. Julian Assange - London Extradition Trial 2020
  2. Kurzgesagt - In A Nutshell (YouTube Video Library)
  3. Simulating Natural Selection (Primer, 2018)
  4. What Sugar Does To Humans (YouTube Video, 2016)
  5. Systems of Voting - Democracy Has Many Flavours (perpetualpolling.com)
  6. Collected Articles and Datasheets (newslegion.com)
  7. Project Owl - Investigative Reporter Nexus (Discord)
  8. EROWID Psychoactive Information Vault (one of the oldest, best resources on the net)
  9. Tactical Voting in 8 Easy Points (Chomsky, MIT)
  10. Stanford-Binet SB5 Tests
  11. Enneagram Personality Tests
  12. Popular Front - Authentic Firsthand Journalism

Readers of the Capitalist Manifesto pages often suggest items to include in the repository. The criteria for inclusion in the above section is simply that the suggestion is a singularly good example of accuracy, engagement, and clarity on a subject close to the Capitalist Manifesto mission statement. Please appreciate - as we do - the subjective nature of any 'selection' and keep in mind, while the above lists may be accurate - to the best of our knowledge - you may not find an item engaging or clear.

We welcome feedback or, if you have a firsthand example of superior content, let us know. All submissions, feedback, and examples are handled individuals by human beings; not automatons or algorithms.