"My optimism is based on the certainty that this civilization is about to collapse.

My pessimism lies on the things that are dragging us down in its Iall"

"Tis the times´ plague. when madmen lead the blind. " William Shakespeare

Modern servitude is voluntary, consented to by the mass oI slaves who trudge along the Iace oI the Earth. They
themselves buy the commodities that enslave them every day more. Slaves procure alienating iobs that are bestowed
upon the tamed. They, themselves, choose the masters whom they will obey. For this absurd tragedy to play-out, it
has been necessary to breed in them the ignorance oI their own exploitation and alienation.
Behold the bizarre modernitv of our time.
As with the slaves oI antiquity, serIs oI the Middle Ages or the working-class oI the Iirst industrial revolutions,
today we bear witness to an emerging class oI the totally enslaved. The diIIerence being that they don't know it or
better yet choose to ignore it. They Iail to recognize the one weapon available to the enslaved: rebellion. Slaves
accept without question the pitiIul liIe that was manuIactured on their behalI. Apathy and resignation are the sources
oI their misIortune.
Behold the nightmare oI the modern-day slave; whose sole aspiration is to be swept away by the macabre dance oI
the machine oI alienation.
Oppression becomes modern spreading out everywhere mystiIications that hide our slave condition. Reveal reality
as it is and not as power represents it, is indeed the most genuine subversion. Only truth is revolutionary.

"Urbanism "citv planning" is capitalism´s method for taking over the natural and human environment.
Following its logical development toward total domination. capitalism now can and must refashion the totalitv of
space into its own particular decor." Guv Debord. Societv of the Spectacle.

As slaves build their world with the alienated strength oI their work, the worlds decor becomes the iail they will be
Iorced to inhabit; a squalid world lacking taste and scent, a host to the misery inherent in the dominant mode oI
This decor is in a state oI perpetual construction, nothing in it is constant. The ceaseless redesign oI the space that
surrounds us is iustiIied by the generalized amnesia and insecurity that its inhabitants must live with. The systems
obiective is to Iashion everything in its image: every day the world becomes dirtier and noisier, like a Iactory.
Every inch oI land in this world belongs to a State or to an individual. This social theIt through the acquisition oI
lands is maniIest by the omnipresence oI walls, Iences, barriers and Irontiers. These are the visible marks oI the
divide that invades everything.
The uniIication oI space Ior commercial ends, however, is the grand obiective oI our sad age. The world must
become an immense and eIIicient highway in order to Iacilitate the transport oI merchandise. Every obstacle, human
or natural, must be destroyed.
The inhumane concentration oI modern day slaves into reduced crowded spaces reIlects their lives and evokes
cages, iails, and caves. But in contrast to slaves or prisoners, the modern day slave pays Ior his cage.
"Because it is not the man but the world which has become abnormal." Antonin Artaud

"A commoditv appears. at first sight. a verv trivial thing. and easilv understood. Its analvsis shows that it is. in
realitv. a verv queer thing. abounding in metaphvsical subtleties and theological niceties." Karl Marx. The Capital.
chapter 1. book 4.

In this narrow and mournIul place they inhabit, slaves accumulate the commodities that according to the
omnipresent advertising guarantee happiness and IulIillment. Alas, the more commodities they accumulate the more
elusive happiness becomes.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world. and loses his own soul? Mark 8.36
ommodities, ideological by nature, estrange Irom his work he who produces them and divorce Irom his liIe he who
consumes them. In the dominant economic system, demand no longer drives supply; it is supply, which determines
demand. , New needs are periodically manuIactured and hence considered essential by most people: it began with
the radio, then the automobile, later the television set, the computer and now the cell phone.
All these commodities, massively distributed in a brieI period oI time, proIoundly alter human relationships: they
serve to isolate human beings Irom their Iellow creatures while at the same time they propagate the dominant
messages oI the system: "Evervthing we possess will in turn possess us"

"Poison for some, food for others" Paracelsus

It is in the manner in which the modern slave Ieeds himselI that better illustrates his degree oI decay. With little time
to spare Ior the preparation oI his sustenance, he is reduced to consuming quick meals produced by the agrochemical
industry. He wanders through supermarkets looking Ior the ersatz that the society oI Ialse abundance oIIers. Once
again, his choice is nothing but illusion. The abundance oI Iood as a commodity is evidence oI its degradation and
IalsiIication. It is nothing more than genetically modiIied organisms, a mix oI colorants and preservatives, oI
pesticides, hormones and other inventions oI modernity. Immediate gratiIication is the motivation behind how a
slave chooses to Ieed himselI, this is the motivating Iactor Ior all Iorms oI consumption. The consequences are
everywhere evident.
However, it is when Iaced with the indigence oI the maiorities that the westerner can reioice in his position oI
privilege and Irenetic consumption. As a consequence, Misery is ubiquitous in a totalitarian mercantile society.
Scarcity is the other Iace oI the Ialse abundance coin. Despite the ample supply produced by the agrochemical
industry, in a system where inequality means progress, hunger must not disappear, ever.
"Thev have convinced themselves that man. the worst transgressor of all species. is the crown of creation. All other
creatures were created merelv to provide him with food. pelts. to be tormented. exterminated." Isaac Bashevis
The other consequence oI the alleged Iood abundance is the multiplication oI "concentration" Iactories and the
massive and barbarous extermination oI species Ior the sustenance oI the enslaved. That is the essence oI the
dominant mode oI production. LiIe and humankind cannot withstand the thirst Ior proIit oI a Iew.

"It is a sad thing to consider nature talks and human kind does not listen. " Jictor Hugo

The pillage oI the planets resources, the massive production oI energy or commodities, the waste products oI the
ostentatious consumption, ieopardize the possibilities oI survival Ior our planet and the species which inhabit it.
However, in order to give way to brutal capitalism, the growth must continue. Produce, produce and keep
Those who contaminate are today misrepresenting themselves as the saviors oI the planet. Those show business
buIIoons, sponsored by multinationals Iirms, try to convince us that a simple change in our habits will be enough to
save the planet Irom disaster. And while they blame us, they keep on contaminating the environment and our souls.
Those poor pseudo ecological views are repeated by corrupt politicians in need oI advertising slogans. Those in
charge take pains to avoid making signiIicant change in the production system and as always, change is halI hearted
and superIicial, things remain as they are and have always been.

Work (travail in French). from Latin tri palium "three sticks". "torture instrument"

To participate in the round oI Irenetic consumption, one must have means and one must, thereIore, work, in other
words, one must sell oneselI. The dominant system champions work as its most esteemed value; slaves have to work
more to buy on credit their miserable lives. Slaves wear out in the work place; they waste their vital strength and
have to suIIer the worst humiliations. They spend their lives perIorming grueling tasks Ior the beneIit oI a Iew.
Modern unemployment is invented as a scare tactic to Iorce slaves into endless gratitude the generosity oI the power
elite. What would they do iI they didn't have to suIIer this torture called work? These Alienating activities are touted
as Ireeing. What degradation and what misIortune!
Always pressured on by the time clock or the whip; every movement oI the slave is designed to increase
productivity. The scientiIic organization oI labor is at the heart oI the workers divestment Irom himselI, the Iruit oI
his labor and his time - which is misspent in the automated production oI commodities or services. The workers
labor is mistaken Ior that oI the machine in the Iactories, or the computer in the oIIice. Paid time will never be
Every worker is assigned a repetitive duty, be it physical or intellectual. The worker is a specialist in his own Iield.
This specialization can be seen on a worldwide scale within the Iramework oI the international division oI labor.
onceived in the West, produced in Asia and lethal in AIrica.

"Men is conditioned to have a productive behavior bv the work organization, and outside the factorv. he preserves
the same skin and the same head" Christophe Deiours

To the extent that the system oI production colonizes every sector oI liIe, the modern slave wastes his Iree time in
leisure activities and planned holidays. No part oI his liIe escapes the reach oI the system. Every moment oI his liIe
has been invaded. He is a Iull time slave.

"Medicine makes vou die slowlv" Plutarch

The generalized degradation oI his environment, oI the air he breaths, oI the Iood that he consumes; the stress oI his
working environment, his entire social condition are the origins oI the new diseases beIalling the modern slave. His
servile standing is an ill Ior which there will never be a cure. Only the complete emancipation Irom his present
condition would allow the modern slave to recover Irom his suIIering.
Western medicine knows only one way to cure the maladies oI modern-day slaves: mutilation. Under
commercialized medicine, patients are subiected to surgeries, antibiotics or chemotherapy. The origins oI pain are
never considered, only its consequences, such a search would inevitably lead to a condemnation oI the social
structure in its totality.
Just as the current system reduces everything in our world to mere commodities, so does it transIorm our bodies into
such; into the obiect oI study and experimentation oI the pseudo-wise men oI commercial medicine and molecular
biology. The masters oI the world are set to patent every living thing. The complete sequencing oI the DNA oI the
human genome is the point oI departure oI a new strategy decided on power. Genetic decoding serves no purpose
but to considerably expand domination and control.
As with many other things, our bodies no longer belong to us.

"Through obedience one develops the reflex of submission" Anonvmous

The best part oI the slaves liIe slips through his Iingers, but he continues because he has always obeyed. Obedience
has become second nature to him. He obeys not knowing why, simply that he must. Obey, produce and consume,
behold the triptych that rules his liIe. He obeys his parents, his teachers and his masters, the landlords and the
merchants. He obeys the Iorces oI law and order; he obeys all powers because he does not know any better. There is
nothing that Irightens him more than disobedience, because it signiIies risk, adventure, change. Just as a child panics
when he loses sight oI his parents, the modern slave Ieels lost without the power system that has created him.
ThereIore, his obedience continues..
Fear has made us slaves and it keeps us in that condition. We bow beIore the masters oI the world; we accept this
liIe oI humiliations and misery, strictly out oI Iear.
Nevertheless, we count on greater numbers as compared the ruling class.. Their strength does not come Irom the
police, it comes Irom our consent. We iustiIy our cowardice to the Iorces that oppress us with a discourse Iull oI
moralizing humanism. The reiection oI revolutionary violence is anchored in the spirit oI those who oppose the
system while deIending the values it teaches. .
But when power must deIend its hegemony it never hesitates in using violence.

"Under a government. which imprisons uniustlv. the true place for a iust man is also a prison." Henrv David
Thoreau. Civil Disobedience.

Nonetheless, there are individuals who escape mental control, but they are under surveillance. Every uprising or act
oI resistance is considered deviant behavior or an act oI terrorism. Freedom is reserved Ior those who deIend the
commercial interests. HenceIorth, the real opposition to the dominant system is totally clandestine. For its retractors,
repression is the law. The silence oI the maiority oI slaves Iacing this repression is the result oI a political and media
campaign that denies the existence oI this real conIlict.

"What we did before for the love of God. nowadavs we do it for the love of monev. which means. for the love of what
gives us the sensation of highest power and good conscience" Aurora. Nietzsche

As with all oppressed human beings throughout history, the modern slave needs mysticism and god to anaesthetize
the evil that torments him and the suIIering that overwhelms him. But this new god to whom he gave his soul is
naught but nothingness: a piece oI paper, a number that, through his common consent, acquires artiIicial value. It is
in the name oI this God that people work, study, Iight, and sell themselves. It is Ior this God that man Iorsakes his
values and is prepared to do whatever. He believes that the more money he possesses the more Iree he will be Irom
all constraints, as though ownership and Ireedom went hand in hand. Freedom is the asceticism that comes Irom
selI-control, Irom the desire and will to act. To be, not, to have. One must resolve to never serve and obey under any
condition. To be Iree, it is necessary to break with habits that no one, it seems, dare challenge.

Acta est fabula. The plav is done

Today's slave is convinced that there is no alternative to the existing world order. He has resigned himselI to this liIe
because he believes there is no other. Herein lies the Iorce oI the present domination; maintain the illusion that this
system, which has colonized the entire world, is the end oI History. It has convinced the subiugated class that this
ideology is mankind's true state oI nature, and as such his logical condition. To dream oI a diIIerent world has
become a crime condemned in unison by the media and all the entities oI power. When in reality, the criminal, is he
who contributes, consciously or not to the dementia oI the dominant social structure. There is no greater madness
than that oI the present system.

"But if not. let it be known to vou. o king. that we do not serve gods. nor will we worship the gold image which vou
have set up". Daniel 3 .18

In light oI the world's devastation, the system needs to conquer the slaves' conscience. At an early age, repression
takes the Iorm oI dissuasion and is used in the Iormation oI slaves. It is Ior this reason the system has Iocused, at an
early age, on dissuasion as the predominant lesson in the slaves' miseducation. They must Iorget their servile
condition, their prisons and their miserable lives. The sight oI hypnotized masses, connected to the screens that
accompany their daily lives is prooI enough. They disguise their permanent dissatisIaction with the distorted image
oI a dream liIe, made oI money, glory and adventure. But their dreams are as deplorable as their miserable liIe.
There are images Ior everything and Ior everybody. Those images constitute the ideological message oI modern
society and serve as means oI uniIication and propaganda. As mankind is stripped Irom his world and his liIe these
images multiply. hildren are the Iirst target oI these images. They must be made stupid, bereIt oI any reIlective and
critical thinking. All this is done with the disconcerting complicity oI their parents, who have surrendered to the
modern communication apparatus. They themselves buy the commodities that enslave their oIIspring. They abdicate
their role in their children's education and entrust it to a mediocre and stultiIying system.
There are images Ior all ages and Ior all social classes. Modern slaves mistake those images Ior culture, and at times,
Ior art. The market relies on the basest impulses to sell any commodity. It is women, doubly enslaved in today's
society, who pay dearest. In it, she is reduced to being a mere obiect oI consumption. The image oI uprising has also
been divested oI its subversive potential. The image is today the simplest and most eIIective Iorm oI
communication. It creates role models, it stultiIies the masses, it lies to them, and it breeds Irustrations in them. The
mercantile ideology is disseminated repeatedly through the use oI the Image. Its obiective is always the same: to
sell; be it ways oI liIe or products, behaviors or commodities, no matter what, sell.


These unIortunate slaves entertain themselves, but the entertainment serves only to distract them Irom the ills that
plague them. Slaves have leIt their lives in the hands oI others to do whatever they will and pretend to take pride in
it. They aIIect satisIaction, but nobody believes it, even beIore the cold reIlection oI the mirror, they Iail to Iool
themselves. They pilIer their time watching idiots who make them laugh or sing, dream or cry.
The sports media, becomes a channel through which slaves Ieel the success, Iailure, eIIort and victory, they no
longer experience in the Ilesh. They live by proxy in Iront oI the television set. While the Emperors oI Ancient
Rome lulled their people into submission with the promise oI "bread and games", todays acquiescence is procured
through entertainment and the consumption oI emptiness.

"We think we master words but in fact words master us." Alain Rev

The domination oI consciousness is the result oI the misuse oI language by the social and economic ruling class. As
the masters oI all means oI communication, the power elite disseminate the market ideology through the Iixed,
partial and concocted meaning it gives to words.
Words are invoked as neutral and their deIinition as evident; however, when controlled by power, words Iix a very
diIIerent meaning to the reality oI liIe.
It is primarily a language oI resignation and impotence. It is the language oI passive acceptance oI things as they are
and should remain. Words are the lackeys oI the dominant system oI liIe, our use oI the power's language condemns
us to impotence.
The resolution oI the language issue is at the core oI the struggle Ior the emancipation oI humankind. It is not an
additional Iorm oI domination, but the heart itselI oI the totalitarian mercantile system's proiect to enslave.
It is by re-appropriating language and thus communication among people that the possibility oI radical change
arises. In this way the revolutionary and the poetic converge. In the collective eIIervescence, the spoken word is
reinvented by a myriad oI groups. Spontaneous creativity is within us all and is a Iorce Ior unity.

"To vote is to abdicate" Elvsees Reclus

Despite his bonds the modern slave is convinced oI his citizenship.. The illusion oI choice and Iree determination is
Iueled by the ability to vote and Ireely elect those who will conduct his aIIairs. When it comes down to deciding the
society we want to live in, is there really any Iundamental diIIerence between the Social Democrats and the Populist
Right in France, between Democrats and Republicans in the United States, between Labor and onservatives in the
United Kingdom? There is no opposition, because the main political parties agree on one essential thing: the
conservation of the present mercantile societv.
None oI the political parties that enter into power question the commodities dogma. And those political parties with
media complicity monopolize the airwaves. They squabble about trite matters ensuring the status quo. They Iight
over who will hold the seats that the mercantile parliamentary oIIers. Those petty disputes are disseminated by the
media as a distraction Irom the critical debate about the election oI the society we want to live in. Appearance and
triviality eclipse the conIrontation oI ideas. None oI this resembles, not even Irom aIar, a democracy.
Real democracy is deIined, Iirstly, by the mass participation oI citizens in the governance oI community aIIairs. It is
direct and participative. The popular assembly and the permanent dialogue about the organization oI a common liIe
are Democracy's most authentic expressions. Representative and parliamentarian Iorms oI government usurp the
name oI democracy, limiting the power oI citizens to the simple act oI voting, that is, to nothing. Deciding between
light grey and dark grey is not a real election. Parliamentarian's seats are mainly occupied by the dominant economic
class, be it the right or the pseudo leItist social democrats.
Power is not to be conquered, it is to be destroyed. It is tyrannical by nature, whether exercised by a king, a dictator
or an elected president. The only diIIerence with the parliamentarian "democracy" is that the modern slave has the
illusion oI choosing the master he will obey. The vote has made him an accomplice to the tyranny that oppresses
him. He is not a slave because masters exist; masters exist because he elects to remain a slave.

"Nature did not create masters nor slaves. I do not want to give nor receive laws" Denis Diderot

The dominant system is deIined thus by the omnipresence oI its mercantile ideology. It occupies every space and
every sector oI liIe. It calls us to "produce, sell, consume, and accumulate". The dominant system has reduced all
human interaction to dry mercantile relationships and considers our planet a mere commodity. Our duty is to be
servile. The only recognized right is the right to private property. The only god it worships is money.
The right to appear is monopolized by those in power. The stage is reserved Ior the men and speeches that uphold
the dominant ideology. ritical thinking is drowned out in a sea oI media that determine what is right and what is
wrong, what can and cannot be seen.
The omnipresence oI ideology, the worship oI money, the media's bias, the absence oI democratic pluralism, the
lack oI a visible opposition, the will to transIorm mankind and all the world in its image, and repression in all its
Iorms. Behold the true Iace oI modern totalitarianism. The maiority calls it "liberal democracy", it is time to call it
what it truly is: a totalitarian mercantile system.
Mankind, society and the entire planet serve this ideology. The totalitarian mercantile system has achieved what no
other totalitarian systems could: hegemony over the world through its ideology. Today, exile is impossible.

As oppression expands to everv sector of life. rebellion takes on the form of a social war. Riots flourish again and
herald the coming of a revolution.
The destruction of the totalitarian mercantile societv is not a matter of choice. it is an absolute necessitv. Given
powers breadth and reach. it must be evervwhere and alwavs contested.
The reinvention of language. the permanent revolution in evervdav life. disobedience and resistance. are the kev
elements of the rebellion against the established order. But in order to make a revolution out of this rebellion. we
have to gather all these individual resistances in a united front.
We must work to unifv all the revolutionarv forces. This can be attained bv remaining conscious of our past failures.
Neither sterile reformism nor totalitarian bureaucracv can be the solutions of our dissatisfaction. It comes down to
inventing new forms of organization and struggle.
Self-management for workers and direct democracv on a communal level are the foundations of this new
organization. which must be anti-hierarchical in form as well as in content.
Power is not to be conquered. it is to be destroved.

"O gentlemen. the time of life is short' An if we live. we live to tread on kings"
William Shakespeare. King Henrv IJ