Consumer Society Revisted

The following article was originally published in Hack This Zine #4 “Ammo for the Info-Warrior;” it is covered under anti-(C)opyright 2006. Grammar and sentence structure have been altered so as to be easier to read, although the content is mostly the same.

While I don’t think some of the statements in this work are objectively accurate, I do see the value that this particular rhetoric has in terms of producing cognitive dissonance, thereby providing an opportunity for readers to seriously reflect on the concepts presented that they otherwise would never have before contemplated.

 

 

 

 

When I look around this world, I see several things. I see beauty, joy, and happiness, but I also see several things which are becoming more common; depression, aggression, egoism, skyrocketing suicide counts, psychological disorders, and a general increase in dissatisfaction. The most common and prevailing among modern day psychological disorders is depression.

Numerous recent epidemiological studies indicate that depressive disorders in children and adolescents are quite common and growing. Roughly 15% of adolescents admit to having suffered from such a disorder at one time or another. The cause of this often lies in living in dysfunctional families, enduring negative life experiences (which seems to have increased in occurrence, according to the research), and being extremely pressured from both peers as well as adult expectations. This results in stress, which upon occurrences of failure and negative reactions from the expecting side results in low self-esteem and self-defeating/distorted thinking, leads to greater depression. Take Japan, for example. Over 30,000 people last year took their lives, of which many were adolescents who couldn’t cope with the high standards of education that are necessary for corporate employment.

Not only do adolescents attempt to cope with depression, lots of adults have to deal with it as well. Depression in adults is often caused by lost fights for dominance inside a social group of some kind. This “fight” is, in modern times, climbing the corporate ladder. A lot of talented people go to work every day, commuting their assess off in highly congested traffic, only to sit in their cubicles for a low wage, while their bosses, these bulky CEOs, make an absurd amount of money that is more than enough to keep hundreds of people in Third World countries alive. These corporate fat cats only command their workers. Often these CEOs don’t even care what actually goes on in their company, let alone being capable of understanding it. The researchers who work hard on new technology get virtually no respect and a highly taxed wage. They MAKE the company, yet the “big boss” gets away with most of the money while putting virtually no input into the product. Climbing the corporate ladder means kicking down and kissing up. If you’re not prepared to do that (because of moral objections), you will be neglected and will remain in a low corporate position, best case scenario. The stress and failures that come with this enforced process are the most common cause of depression.

This corporate consumerist society that has gone way too far. From the beginning of the industrial revolution in the late 18th and early 19th century until now we have used more of the earth’s resources than in the previous 4,499,999,794 years. This resource consumption has reached a level where civilization can’t maintain itself anymore. Within the next 60 years the world’s oil resources will be completely exhausted, leaving an empty and collapsed society, in which only those at the top can survive, those being the globalist extortionists. These corporations will continue to grow exponentially bigger, until they reach proportions at a level that they can control governments, police departments, and worst of all, the global media.

Orwell’s vision of the future, in which people are brainwashed into believing everything the government-controlled media tells them, isn’t fiction or future, but reality. The global media isn’t independent; neither is government information. Both are (indirectly) controlled by large corporations who keep the “country’s economy running.” Public opinion is controlled in subtle ways by advertising, not by broadcasting news that could negatively influence the public. Dissidents are depicted as “rebels, insurgents, counter-culture loons, hippies, or radicals,” all because those people oppose a society in which the masses produce for the elite who hold virtually all the power.

Take the “Compass Group,” for instance. A multinational national food catering organization, the Compass Group was involved in a corruption scandal with its subsidiary, Eurest Support Services, by winning contracts to provide food for United Nations peacekeepers in Liberia. The value of Compass’ food contracts with the United Nations was valued at $237,000,000, with renewals and add-ons that could reach $351,000,000. The UN Procurement Officer and Vladimor Kuznetsov (Head of the UN Committee for Administrative & Budgetary Issues) were arrested and indicted after taking nearly $1,000,000 in bribes from Compass, allowing them to extend their globalist corporate empire. Compass refused to make these details public and the investigation only resulted in some low-level employees being fired and CEO Michael Bailey stepping down in June of 2006 with a fat bonus and a Golden Handshake enough to supply a Third World country for years. As seen here, the influence of corporations is so huge that it even extends to supposedly unbiased, non-profit peacekeeping organizations as the UN, without having to fear reprisals.

When confronting society with these facts, most high-ranking corporate officials will defend themselves with the argument of “Well, then don’t participate in the process!” This is, of course, a bullshit argument. In this society, we are nothing more than consumers of the goods we produced ourselves, buying it for more money than we made it for, with the difference sliding into the pockets of the ruling class. This society has developed a fetish for goods and services, however useless they may be. The products have no inherent value in themselves; they only serve as a hollow social signal to identify ourselves as fellow consumers, gaining ungrounded respect from alleged peers. This is stimulated by the media by depicting consumption as the ultimate virtue. The god of this world is the coin, its priests are the corporate leaders, spreading their zealous religion of rampant consumerism in every way they can, enslaving the public’s desires to their useless products, making them debt slaves to corporations, essentially rendering their free will null and void. I ask you, what are we when we don’t consume? Nothing. We are meant to buy. The media brings it to our attention; tooth-brushes with GPS systems, earplugs with air-conditioning, cars with weather forecasting, bikes with suncover caps, chairs with built-in remote controls and bartenders, and so on.

This over-consumption will eventually break down our very ability to judge products or services by their utility, eventually leading to a world where free-thinking is discouraged, decisions are made by a select few, and emotional instability will be extremely common. If Western civilization continues in this trend, global resources will be exhausted in the next 60 years, leaving a devastated society with tons of environmental problems behind, in which only a select elite, based on their undeserved financial capacities, can survive in style while the masses starve in the streets. Such a future should be prevented and the current consumerist society must, to every extent, be abolished, lest it be too late to stop this world from consuming its way into oblivion.

Cast your mind back to when you were a child. Everything was full of hope and curiosity, a world of adventure and challenge; now, what is left of it? A life to be wasted in a cubicle for some sake of some overbloated CEO. Your mind being poisoned by the media:

Politics: “Act as you are told by our ‘laws’ or we’ll take ‘measures.’

Economics: “Work hard and consume, this will contribute to our beautiful society and maybe one day you’ll be rich!”

Religion: “Don’t sin against the ‘rules of god’ or you’ll be damned forever after your death.

Since the birth of consciousness, hundreds of millions of human beings have been slaughtered by their fellow man. Men, women, children…people of all kinds snuffed out as if their lives meant nothing. Why? Because we look to leaders, priests, gurus, and “starts” to tell us what to do instead of relying on the powers of our own sovereign minds. Some will see this as a “left-wing radical counter-culture hippie rant.” After all, we all live in a “democracy,” no?

So tell me, what happens if you want to disobey them? Say you have moral objections against the current government. You object to paying taxes to support the President, his family, his bodyguards, and the friends he wrangled jobs for. What do you do? Or say you don’t like your taxes being used to subsidize foreign arms slaves for slaughter in the Third World. How can you stop it? Vote for somebody else, whose policy makes virtually no difference? Don’t vote and lose your voice?

The government pretends to be there to serve you. In reality, it’s there to tell you what to do. If you refuse to obey, you’ll be investigated, arrested, criminalized, and otherwise made an example of. Your assets will be seized and given to the State. You will be jailed and demonized. This world will soon reach a totalitarian consumerist society dominated by administration bigwigs who view the world from stretch limos, while hundreds of thousands of families sleep in cardboard boxes all the while slowing dying from malnutrition. Corrupt businessmen flourish while honest men beg in the gutter, crime will explode, and everybody will be forced to believe it HAS to be that way, since it’s the best for the collective good, supposedly.

Imagine you’re a child again. Filled with innocence, and wonder, and life. Remember how good it felt? That’s what the parasites stole from us. They bled us dry, and like sheep, we lined up to give more blood, but we can have it all back what they stole from us. The information age provides a spotlight that the parasites can’t squirm away from. They can’t take us on over the Net. Identify them. Negate their evil. Ostracize them. Show them you are not a slave!

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