The origin may be an ancient one, that idea, peculiar to many, which asserted that making business is dirty business. Money is ugly. It appears to be a Medieval concept and a Greek and Roman notion that looked negatively upon artisans, craftsmen, merchants and other similar types who lived by toil. We hold onto this idea which equates making business with demonic greed with an equal view of the “honest living” as benefit within the context of tolerable sin. Today, there are so many critics of capitalism, in part, because it is inherently good; especially if we compare life before commerce, say Feudalism, with things like child mortality, the birth of democracy and the reduction of violence compared to its firsthand and daily experience of long ago.
Slavoj Zizek: ( see link at end) In mid-April 2011, the Chinese government prohibited on TV, films, and novels all stories that contain alternate reality or time travel. This is a good sign for China. These people still dream about alternatives, so you have to prohibit this dreaming. Here, we don’t need a prohibition because the ruling system has even oppressed our capacity to dream. Look at the movies that we see all the time. It’s easy to imagine the end of the world. An asteroid destroying all life and so on. But you cannot imagine the end of capitalism….
They are saying we are all losers, but the true losers are down there on Wall Street. They were bailed out by billions of our money. We are called socialists, but here there is always socialism for the rich. They say we don’t respect private property, but in the 2008 financial crash-down more hard-earned private property was destroyed than if all of us here were to be destroying it night and day for weeks. They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are the awakening from a dream that is turning into a nightmare….
We interrupt Mr. Zizek for this commercial break… Obviously we need social activists, academics, and politicians dedicated to human welfare. But, more than these occupations, it is going to be the manufacturers,buyers-sellers, and the financiers in whose domain the future of our earth lies. And with regard to OWS movement, a nihilistic demise of capitalism is not desirable. Maybe more Small is Beautiful, a redemptive form of capitalism engaged in the questions that Jefferson raised about stewardship, and the turning over of the earth and financial system in better shape than it was received, is where we should be looking.
The reason is that capitalism needs consumers, and the very poor can’t afford to consume. Also, capitalism requires an educated workforce, which means education beginning at an early age. Capitalism requires renewable resources, which unsustainable, non-ecological practices cannot furnish over the long run. We just have to figure out how to make the best of it, without scrapping it for some pie in the sky anarchism of a Noam Chomsky or replacing the money and banking system with Zizekism. Any perusal through the works of Milan Kundera should be enough to convince that Socialism is about as depressing as it gets.
Zizek …We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scene from cartoons. The cat reaches a precipice but it goes on walking, ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath this ground.Read More:http://www.disinfo.com/2011/10/slavoj-zizek-speaks-at-occupy-wall-street/