It’s All One Thing #238: Common Communism 1996


 

They’re favorite saying now is “anything can be made anywhere”
which means (to them) that they can ship the jobs to wherever
labor can be paid the least AKA can be bought the cheapest but
how long will people with 21st century skills be willing to live feudal
lives and why ship what can be made anywhere over the world
especially when the key productive factor is not hardware but the
skills of organization of software which can be shipped anywhere
instantaneously so they attempt to perfect their patent systems when
their patent systems them selves are obsolete and what they own can
be used by anyone anywhere with a laptop and a solar cell so finally
what can they do about it when anyone and indeed everyone will own
the means of production and produce not consumer goods but what is
actually needed, where it’s needed, for who needs it and Marx will have
the last laugh as the final phase of industrial society will end up being
something like communism even if it will probably be that dread enemy
of socialist thought, the family, which will carry out the process and in
that process Capitalism and Communism will have disappeared as
recognizable categories and most everything done in Russia and the U.S.
was directed the wrong way for it will not be the lowest tax rate but that
place which has invested the most in its own people which will have the
vital capital to sustain itself in the future and it will be those who know
and understand not the ignorant and the self serving who will have
acquired the skills that will make life possible in the next millennium.

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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