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Ljubodrag Simonovi E-mail: comrade@orion.rs

ALIENATION AND DESTRUCTION

Alienation is a basic concept upon which Marxs critique of capitalism is founded, and dealienation is a key idea upon which the libertarian intention of his critique of capitalism and his ision of the future are based. !apitalisms becomin" a totalitarian order of destruction rendered Marxs concept of alienation insufficient to pro idin" the opportunity for the establishment of an adequate startin" point for a critique of capitalism. Mans contemporary alienation has not merely an inhuman nature, but a destructi e nature as well. #t implies the obliteration of nature as a life$"eneratin" whole, of man as a biolo"ical and human bein", and of the emancipatory le"acy of national cultures and of ci il society, that is, of the isionary mind and the idea of novum. %y the annihilation of cultural and libertarian consciousness, the possibility of mans becomin" aware of his own alienation and establishin" a critical and chan"e$creatin" remo e from capitalism is destroyed. &hen capitalism became a totalitarian order of destruction, not 'ust pri ate property, labor and the market, but e en life, itself, became means for mans alienation from his natural and human bein". (nlike the pre ious rulin" classes, the bour"eoisie endea ors to amal"amate not only its own alues but also its life$sphere into the workin" world. A worker is not merely a producer, but a consumer of commodities, as well, and, as such, a creator of the market, that is, an instrument for sol in" the crisis of o er$ production. )estructi e consumer practices ha e become the dominant form of the mans li in" acti ity and the principal mode for entrappin" the worker in the existential orbit of capitalism and its alues. !onsumer society becomes a totali*in" power that spares no one and that no one can escape. Commercialization of life is the worst form of totalitarianism that has ever been created in the course of human history because it completely subordinates nature, society and man to the destructive machinery of capitalist reproduction. #ts essence is encoded in the monstrous maxim Money does not stink+ which also expresses the essence of ecocidal capitalist barbarism. #n Marx, humanity, which primarily implies freedom and creati ity, represents the most important quality of man, the quality toward which the concept of alienation is

applied. #t is possible for man to be, in his essence, a human bein", man can become inhuman precisely because he is a man. Accordin" to Marx, thou"h humanity can be suppressed and de"enerated, it cannot be annihilated. #n spite of bein" manipulated and repressed, in -oethes words, a "ood man in his inarticulate impulse is entirely aware of his true course. .he concept of mans alienation is manifested in relation to the possibility of his dealienation, which means, in spite of the capitalist totali*ation of life, capitalism cannot succeed in obliteratin" the humanity within man, so that, at an appropriate historical moment /an economic crisis of capitalism0 it can be manifested in the form of re olutionary consciousness and practice. )ealienation represents a uni ersal principle and implies mans liberation from the inhuman role which capitalism imposes on him. #t is of crucial importance that Marxs idea of alienation refers to the fact that under capitalism man becomes alienated from his own humanity by bein" alienated from his authentic human potential, alienated from what he can become as a uni ersal creati e bein". Each man carries inside the unlimited potential of humanity this is Marxs most important humanistic message and represents the basis of his vision of the future. As for the capitalist, he, bein" a capitalist, cannot become a human bein" unless he, as a man, does not emancipate himself from capitalism, which is done primarily by ensurin" his own existence throu"h his own work. .he elimination of class distinctions and class relations does not merely imply the reinstatement of the worker to his authentic human bein", but also a return of the capitalist to his own state of bein" a man. .he socialist re olution, by means of which the elimination of class society based on the pri ate ownership of the means of production takes place, also depri es capitalists of their inhumanity, capitalists do not exist without capitalism. .he ob'ecti e of the socialist re olution is not to exterminate capitalists, but to brin" an end to class society and to create such social relations as would make it possible for each man to reali*e his authentic human capacities in the community of others. n light of the prevailing tendency in the development of capitalism, instead of Marxs concept of !alienation", the idea of destruction should become the starting point in the criti#ue of capitalism. .his idea pro ides an opportunity to percei e the most si"nificant and, for humankind and the li in" world, the most ruinous possibilities of capitalism. .he concept of destruction does not merely define the status of man under capitalism and his relation to nature as an ob'ect of labor and the anor"anic body /Marx0 of man1 it also describes the relation of capitalism to the li in" world, to nature as an ecolo"ical whole, and, in that context, to man as a biolo"ical and human bein". !apitalism does not only alienate the natural world from man, but, by destroyin" it, also turns nature

into mans mortal enemy. #t is not alienation, but the destructi eness of labor that is dominant in capitalism1 it is not the processin" but obliteration of nature1 not the suppression of mans erotic nature and the coarsenin" of his senses, but the de"eneration of mans human and biolo"ical /"enetic0 bein"1 not only makin" man look foolish, but wipin" out his mind2 As it becomes more and more a totalitarian order of destruction, capitalism nullifies any possibility of a conflict between the human and the inhuman by destroyin" the human and thereby eliminatin" the possibility of alienation, the less man remains man, the smaller is the possibility of his alienation from himself as a man. $he development of capitalism as a totalitarian order of destruction poses the #uestion% can capitalism so degenerate man as to remove absolutely all his human characteristics& !onsiderin" the destructi e madness pre alent in the most de eloped capitalist countries, it is not unreasonable to conclude that capitalism has exceeded the anthropolo"ical limits ima"ined by Marx with his concept of alienation, that it would merely succeed in de"eneratin" man to such an extent that his destructi e needs would turn into the power that moti ated him and pro ided meanin" to his life. #t is not merely mans 3alienation from his human essence, but his de"eneration as a human and biolo"ical bein". !apitalism not only dehumani*es man, but it also denaturali*es him, depri es him of the characteristics that are distincti e to li in" bein"s. !apitalism does not merely compel man to act like a mechanical part of the industrial labor process, thereby distortin" him physiolo"ically, as Marx claims, but it also deforms him "enetically and mutilates him as a li in" bein". #t is a capitalistically caused mutation of man from a natural and cultural bein" into a destructi e workin" /consumin"0 machine. .he reification" of man by the capitalist mar'et was also followed by his being turned, as wor'er and consumer, into an accomplice in the destruction of the world. )estruction became an authentic need of the capitalistically de"enerated man. 4ife based upon destructi e capitalist totalitarianism has become the cause of physical and mental de"eneration amon" people. !onsumer society forces man to adapt to the rulin" order throu"h destructi e consumer acti ity which sol es the crisis of o er$ production with an e er more intensi e destruction of commodities /dynamics of destruction0, thus clearin" new space in the market. #n the most immediate way it conditions the way of life, the mentality and the alue$hori*on of the contemporary /petit0 bour"eois. .he difference between classical and the contemporary capitalism is that contemporary capitalism disfi"ures and de"enerates people not only by reducin" all human necessity to the need to possess /Marx0, but also to the need to destroy. 5ossession implies the permanent ownership and exploitation of assets. )urability, which once

represented the hi"hest quality of commodities, in a consumer society has become the lar"est obstacle to renewed demand and the "rowth of capital. (oods )commodities* are no longer a fetish, as Marx claims, but it is destruction, itself, that has become the fetish. !apitalism turns mans life$creatin" /erotic0 ener"y into a dri e for destruction. #t thus destroys authentic sociability and creates destructi e sociability. )estroyin" the lar"est quantity of "oods in the shortest time has become the ultimate "oal for the contemporary capitalist fanatic. )urin" the 6788 9ew :ears sales, a commercial slo"an appeared at one 4ondon shoppin" center, # shop, therefore # am+ .his "rotesque knock$off of )escartes maxim, cogito ergo sum, unequi ocally indicates the nature of the contemporary capitalist de"eneration of man. .he ultimate and most ruinous result of the de elopment of the consumer society is the destruction of man as a reasonin" bein" and the turnin" of the human community into a crowd of destructi e capitalist fanatics. Marx emphasi*es that capitalism de elops uni ersal human needs, and in the Economic and +hilosophical Manuscripts he claims that capitalism reduces all human need to the need for possession, 5ri ate property has made us become so dull and one$ dimensional that an ob'ect becomes ours only when we possess it, that is, only when it exists as an asset for us or when it is directly possessed, eaten, drunk, worn, inhabited, etc., by us, in a word, used. %ut pri ate property, itself, sees these direct reali*ations of possession merely as a means to a li in", but the life for which they should be instrumental is a life of pri ate property, work and capitali*ation. /...0 ,ll physical and spiritual feelin"s or sentiments are replaced by alienation from all those sentiments, by the sentiment of possession. .he human bein" had to be reduced to this ab'ect po erty in order to en"ender an inner richness within itself... !"# &hat is this inner richness that man brin"s forth out of himself when capitalism reduces him to absolute po erty; .his wordplay, based on libertarian optimism within which humanity becomes an abstraction, conceals the truth that capitalism can de"enerate man to such an extent that he loses his humanity, a quality without which he will ha e no need for 'ustice and freedom and, therefore, will not fi"ht for a ri"hteous and free world. Marx could, howe er, ha e de eloped his critique to its completion by situatin" the issues in such a manner as to conclude that capitalism completely de"enerates man and thus eliminates any possibility of d<alienation, e en the ery possibility that man could create a new world. #n that way, the anthropolo"ical limit would ha e been surpassed and so the appeal to stru""le a"ainst capitalism would be pointless. Accordin" to Marx, in spite of the fact that man is alienated from his own self, in the depths of his bein" the flame of humanity continues to burn and will flare and per ade the entire world with its brilliance and warmth, encoura"ed by the common stru""le

a"ainst capitalism and for a human world. #ndisputably the ision of the future should be based on faith in man, but also on an awareness that capitalism is capable of destroyin" the human within the man. Marx claims that man under capitalism is alienated from himself and is sub'ected to reification, that labor de"enerates him, etc., while, at the same time, claimin" that capital produces a uni ersality the limits of which are within its own nature. Marx states, (ni ersality, toward which capital stri es irresistibly, finds in its own nature those limits that, at a certain le el of its de elopment, will result in a co"nition that it represents the ma'or limitation of that endea or and will, therefore, force it to self$eliminate. !$# Marx fails to notice the real nature of capitalist uni ersality and does not distin"uish uni ersality in the technical sense from uni ersality in the humanistic sense. A ariety of technical ways of processin" nature do not, per se, imply de elopment of mans uni ersal creati e capacities and an openin" of the space of freedom. !apitalism does not de elop mans uni ersal needs, but the uni ersal forms of manipulation of man that are essentially dehumani*in" and denaturali*in". #t annihilates mans authentic needs and the ery possibility of ha in" his own needs, and imposes on him the needs and the manner in which they are fulfilled so as to de"enerate him both biolo"ically and mentally. !apitalism "enerates man in its own ima"e = turns man into a destructi e bein", and turns his potential uni ersal creati e capacities into uni ersal destructi e powers. Marx speaks about uni ersality toward which capital irresistibly stri es, howe er, this is not about the de elopment of authentic human needs and capacities, but, e entually, about the de elopment of consumer standards that de"rade the quality of life and thus de"enerate man as a uni ersal life$creatin" bein". !apitalism produces false, repressi e and destructi e needs and thus turns man into a dehumani*ed producer and a destructi e consumer. .he smaller mans spirit, the more inadequate are interpersonal relations = it results in a stron"er need to destroy ob'ects, both natural and human. .here is a real risk that capitalism will de"enerate man to such an extent that he will not be>nor want to be> in position to confront the destruction of life. !apitalism does not only depri e man of his historical, but also of his natural homeland. #t exhausts nature as a raw material and ener"y resource in such a way as to denaturali*e it and thus denaturali*e and dehumani*e man. An o erwhelmin" ma'ority in the most de eloped countries li e and work in spaces that ha e become technolo"ical ca"es and in towns that ha e turned into capitalist concentration camps. #nside them the capitalist de"eneration of nature, of life and of man has reached its apex, man is illuminated by artificial li"ht, inhales polluted air, drinks polluted water, eats toxic food,

li es a life that corrodes the connection between man and nature and his own natural bein"... At the same time, the annihilation of nature as mans anor"anic body /Marx0 implies a destruction of the body as a life$creatin" whole, of the senses, the ner ous system, the or"anisms natural rhythm of work, of its reproducti e capacity, the bodys creati e potential2 !apitalism creates a per erted world and a man that matches such a world and who, as a per erted bein", is not in position to discern what is "ood and what is bad1 what he does and does not need2 .he capitalist petit bour"eois is a capitalistically de"enerated Alice in &onderland who no lon"er percei es wonders as wonders because she has lost her own ability to reason and, with it, the ability to wonder. .he rulin" propa"anda machinery and the capitalist way of life induce man to percei e the world in an erroneous way1 to experience the world in an erroneous way1 to think in an erroneous way and, hence, to beha e in an erroneous = destructi e way. ? erythin" becomes somethin" different from what it actually is and what it could be, in a humanistic prospecti e. 5eople who stru""le for freedom become terrorists and those who terrori*e the entire world become sa iors of humankind1 an insipid !oca !ola becomes .he @eal .hin"+1 medications that kill people become sources of health1 it is normal for people to be concerned about their team winnin" the football "ame, but they are not concerned about the sur i al of humankind and the li in" world... At the same time, capitalism creates irtual worlds in peoples minds. Arom early childhood people identify with characters from .B and computer screens and percei e their bo"us and imputed li es as if it were their own. Cnly by means of his own physical body can man li e in the actual world, and e en that body has been de"enerated by capitalism. 9ot only does capitalism not de elop uni ersal human needs and abilities, it produces mechanisms for the uni ersal liquidation of those needs that define man as a man. .he most si"nificant product of the capitalist ad ertisin" machine is not "ettin" people to buy what is ad ertised, but the destruction of their ability to reason and turnin" them into an idioti*ed consumer crowd. Cne of the ma'or characteristics of the capitalistically de"enerated petit bour"eois is that he does not look at the world with his own eyes and does not think with his own brain. )epri in" man of the ability to reason is not merely of economic importance but also of si"nificant political importance. #t enables the capitalist oli"archy to impose on the people, throu"h the techniques of ad ertisin", not only political and economic pro"rams that are antithetic to their human interests, but also a way of life that leads to the destruction of the natural and social foundations of their own sur i al. At the same time, the ery consumer way of life has become a capitalistically de"enerated form of mans reali*ation as a political bein". -iving the consumer way of life

is the most significant way the man expresses his loyalty to capitalism. %y posin" an elementary, reasonable question, &hy should # buy somethin" # do not need; = man pro es that in spite of e erythin", he still exists as an autonomous human bein" and thus dero"ates capitalism as a totalitarian destructi e order. .here is an increasin"ly realistic risk that capitalism mi"ht per ert man to such an extent that he will not be able to understand the world and relate to it as an authentic natural human bein". .he "rowin"ly intensi e process of impo erishment and the technicali*ation of the lan"ua"e that has de"enerated the process of thinkin" and reduced the possibility for any expression of humanness and, thus, any de elopment of interpersonal relations, also contribute to this. 5eople are not capable of distin"uishin" the apparent from the essential, the fake from the "enuine, the crucial from the mar"inal, the cause from the tri""er, the past from the history, the otherness from the novum, equality from uniformity, the intelli"entsia from the reason, the formal$lo"ical from the dialectical, pro"ress from pro"ressi ism, the irtual from the true, the real from illusory, the 'ust from the le"al, the utopian from utopistic... At the same time, the cultural herita"e of humankind becomes inaccessible to an increasin" number of people because they are not able to understand it and appreciate it. .he fact is that peoples minds are not dwarfed, but rather capitalistically de"enerated. .his primarily "oes for the technical intelli"entsia that holds a stake in capitalist pro"ress. Ainally, it is about distortin" peoples minds and renderin" them as destructi e capitalist idiots. #n the so$called post$industrial society, forms of physical labor that ha e required man to perform unduly exhaustin" and de"eneratin" physical acti ities ha e, with the de elopment of science and technolo"y, been to a "reat extent o ercome. At the same time, the processes that de"rade man as a human and biolo"ical bein" ha e been intensified, primarily with the ad ent of the consumer way of life. .he annihilation of traditional humankind is on"oin" and in ol es the elimination of human concerns like lo e, solidarity, fondness, aesthetics, commitment, wisdom, parental affection and care, historicity, libertarianism, authentic sociability... An immediate product of the consumer society is the consumer$man, contained within the consumer$body. !apitalism ruins mans body and turns him into a destructi e machine by causin" hypertrophy of those corporal functions that pro ide opportunity for de elopment of consumer processes, and atrophy of those functions of the or"anism that cannot be rendered profitable. !apitalism has become a one$dimensional destructi e order and, as such, produces one$dimensional /Marcuse0 destructi e man. At the same time, capitalism de"enerates people mentally. .ens of millions of citi*ens in the &est suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental

illnesses, which ha e become the causes of most serious forms of social patholo"y. Dport is an area in which the capitalist destruction of the human and the natural ha e reached a totalitarian and spectacular dimension. .he indi idual who is not prepared to eliminate his ad ersary, alon" with his own body, has nothin" to look for in sport. Dport produces roboti*ed "ladiators, stuntmen and circus acrobats, who, bein" actors in the sports show. business, are tasked with depri in" people of their cultural and libertarian self$awareness and turnin" them into capitalist *ombies. $he sport spectacle is a commercial for a capitalistically degenerated world. !apitalism depri es man of humanness and naturalness in order to turn him into an ideal consumer who will, without ob'ection, consume the e er$"rowin" quantities of toxic "oods produced by the capitalist machinery of death. #n that context, the contraposition of the wish to the will is bein" eliminated by the nullification of mans authentic needs and his ability to make his own decisions and, thus, his will to act in accordance with his "enuine needs and desires. !apitalism turns man into a consumer$ destructor by de elopin" his normal needs up to a self$destructi e le el, and by "eneratin" new needs for the sake of mere market expansion /fields of destruction0. .hese needs are met in such a technical way as to cause man "rowin"ly to percei e himself as a roboti*ed rather than a natural and human bein". .he intensity of the impulsion to fulfill these needs is determined by the demands of capital and, e entually, by the dynamics of its alori*ation and accumulation. !apitalism rescinds the possibility of mans meetin" his natural and human needs in a human way, and de elops in him artificial needs of a commercial nature that are, actually, presented as compensation for the impossibility of his reali*in" his "enuine needs as a social and creati e bein". #n that context, capitalism not only produces excesses of commodities with use$ alue, but it creates increasin" quantities of "oods without any use$ alue. (enerating a need for that which is needless is the most important /ob of the advertising industry. At the same time, it is necessary to create an interest in the mar"inal that can be expressed in the form of spectacle, becomin" merely a publicity packa"e aimed at makin" the mar"inal seem pro idential, so that such issues as are actually si"nificant to mans future can be mar"inali*ed and, thereby, eliminated from the public /political0 sphere. @eshapin" destructi e needs into a propulsi e ener"y for the creation of a market and, thus, for capitalist de elopment, represents the basis for the establishment of a normati e model accordin" to which mans bein" is determined. ? erythin" is e aluated based on a alue model created by the propa"anda machinery of the consumer society. &hate er 'eopardi*es the de elopment of capitalism is eliminated from the public

attention and is "i en a mar"inal and distorted position, while the capitalist model of an exemplary citi*en becomes a determinin" criterion for the socially acceptable. Anyone who seeks to relate to the world in a reasonable way, "uided by his authentic natural and human needs, is cast out as a lunatic. .he ima"e of a healthy man, as created by the capitalist propa"anda machinery, is not that of a man who does not require health care ser ices and medication, but of a man who consumes an increasin" quantity of more and more expensi e medical products and is constantly under treatment by physicians. .he same "oes for beauty. .he notion of the beautiful is not associated with the "enuinely natural or spiritual, but with increasin"ly expensi e medical products and treatments. &omen who do not use the /more and more toxic0 products for their bodies and faces and do not choose to under"o sur"ical inter entions /which more and more often ha e a fatal outcome0 become the embodiments of u"liness. )istortion of people by the consumer way of life and a denaturali*ed en ironment is in pro"ress. #t is not merely the ruination of the workers health, somethin" described by Marx, but a "enetic distortion of man. !apitalism not only alienates man from his own natural and human existence, but also annihilates man as a natural and human bein". #t is not 'ust suppression of authentic human needs, but a capitalistically induced mutation of man. !apitalism produces needs which ha e a destructi e nature and are fulfilled in a destructi e way. $urning the need for life into an exigency for destruction is the final form of the capitalist degeneration of man. !apitalism transforms the inherent ital a""ressi eness of man as a li in" bein" into the need for destruction and thus enables the de elopment of the destructi e potential of capitalism. )estructi e needs become the propulsi e ener"y for the de elopment of capitalism. .he need to destroy thin"s1 the need to torture his own body and to ruin it by the means of a de astatin" trainin" and dopin" re"ime1 the need to make his partner suffer in order to ha e an or"asm1 the need to abuse children and the helpless1 the need to destroy nature and all that li es1 the need to eat excessi ely and compulsi ely, to drink, to use narcotics2 $ these are all destructi e forms of mans alienation from himself as a libertarian, creati e, erotic, emotional and social bein". At the same time, these are compensation$mechanisms by which man desperately attempts to sol e the problem of loneliness, of existential fear, depression, hopelessness 2 $ and, in so doin", only exacerbates the causes of human misery. .oday, bein" a conformist means adaptin" to capitalism as a destructi e order and thus becomin" a destructi e bein". .he oppression of the weak is one of the most inhuman way by which the sla es of capitalism identify themsel es as complicit with a rulin" order that is founded in the

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instrumentali*ed repression unto liquidation of indi iduals. .he ima"es of iolence seen on .B and computer screens e ery day, in which iolence is presented in a technico$ fantastic and spectacular way = contribute to this. Duppression, abuse, humiliation, torturin", assassination, destruction2 these are the scenes that accumulate in mans subconscious mind be"innin" in early childhood, and which ine itably condition his relations with others. At the same time, people are, from early childhood, depri ed of lo e and respect, resultin" in the formation of a patholo"ical personality and the de elopment of sado$masochistic character. !hildren are the prime ictims of capitalism. .he most important strate"ic "oal of the rulin" capitalist clans in the &est is the elimination of the billions of superfluous people. .he children are the first tar"ets. .hat is the o erridin" trend in contemporary capitalism, to kill the children. .o kill them in e ery possible manner, by star ation, by dehydration, with iruses, bombs, accines, weapons, exhaustin" labor, radiation, da""ers, scalpels... More than thirty thousand children die in the world e ery day. And o erpopulation /that is, the "lobal proliferation of the poor0 is presented as the key cause of "lobal decline. Do, children should be put to death in the lar"est possible numbers = and ruthlessly. .he American bombin" of Eorea, Bietnam, #raq, %osnia F Ger*e"o ina, Derbia, 4ibya, Af"hanistan... = usin" toxins, fra"mentation bombs and missiles filled with depleted uranium, was intended not only to kill millions of people, but also to contaminate the en ironment and thus cause mass mortality amon" infants and the "enetic destruction of the "eneral population. #n the most de eloped countries of the &est, pedophilia has reached the le el of an epidemic. ?ach year millions of "irls and boys become ictims of sexual abuse. #n the (DA one "irl in four and one boy in six are raped, and more than 877,777 "irls a year are abducted and forced into prostitution in brothels for pedophiles / 0er 1piegel, 6HIHI67860. &hy does the American administration not eliminate this e il that, e ery day, in special brothels for children, forces hundreds of thousands of little "irls to be raped and reduced to sexual sla ery; &hat "ood are the J677 secret ser ice a"ents and millions of policemen, pri ate security "uards and soldiers, the tens of millions of cameras, a totalitarian system of wiretappin" and e$mail sur eillance $ if citi*ens cannot be protected and the criminal "an"s eliminated; At the same time, sexual iolence a"ainst children with physical and mental disabilities /children with impaired eyesi"ht or hearin", and children with de elopmental difficulties0 and orphans = has reached horrendous proportions. #n those cases, hi"h officials of the !atholic !hurch are the leadin" perpetrators. #n Aebruary 6786, 0er 1piegel published an article describin" how a trial was held in

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%raunschwei" /-ermany0 for a catholic priest who confessed he had committed 66J rapes /+0 and KL other forms of sexual iolence a"ainst children, between 677M and 6788. Arom &&## until now, representati es of the !hristian cler"y in &estern ?urope and the (DA ha e raped hundreds of thousands of the disabled children entrusted to their care. .housands of monsters in canonical robes ha e not only "one unpunished, but are still performin" their pastoral duties all o er ?urope and the (DA, continuin" to abuse their flocks. .he fact that each year tens of thousands of children are slau"htered by specially trained "an"s in order to har est their ital or"ans for resale on the black market throu"h renown clinics in the &est where doctors will transplant them into those patients who can afford to pay for the procedures = this fact describes the real nature of the free world. Abduction of infants by the !atholic !hurch /more than J77,777 such cases in Dpain alone01 killin" unborn babies and sellin" off their remains to American and ?uropean pharmaceutical companies that render them into superfine skin$care creams /Douth Eorea, Albania...01 the ruthless exploitation of tens of millions of children around the world by the American and ?uropean companies1 the monstrous abuse of children in sports2 $ these are all details that indicate the real nature of &estern democracy. .he contemporary will to power /9iet*sche0 has become the will to absolute power o er the people and o er nature and is the expression of the mans complete depri ation of humanness and naturalness. #t is not 'ust the will to sub'u"ate, but also the will to destroy the people and the li in" world. #t is based on the nature of capitalism as a totalitarian order of destruction and is instrumentali*ed with the destructi e power of technolo"y. !apitalistically de"enerated man fantasi*es about bein" on top of the pyramid of a totalitarian and destructi e power. !apitalism imposes destruction as the predominant model of beha ior and, thus, creates mans /self0destructi e nature and his destructi e sociability. .o find deli"ht in sportin" e ents, where in physically and mentally dama"ed people fi"ht for ictory and for records, riskin" the destruction of their ri als and doin" irreparable dama"e to their own bodies, implies there is an audience that has been similarly disfi"ured as human bein"s. At the same time, man experiences freedom by brutally expressin" an un$freedom and thereby destroyin" himself as a libertarian and social bein". A typical example is the cheerin" in sports stadiums. Man as fan is bein" turned into an idioti*ed member of the cheerin" thron". Anythin" -oes+ is not an expression that affirms mans freedom, but an acknowled"ement of the total irrele ance of humanness and the present descent into the worst sorts of barbarity.

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