Δευτέρα, 2 Απριλίου 2018

The birth and death of private property

The birth and death of private property
by Kostas Lampos, PhD

There are toxic, violated words, taboo concepts, castrated languages that bind the mind and hypnotize our consciences, with the aim of subduing us people, who are the subjects of history, turning us into exploited objects for the rapists of history, the history that is written by the rulers -supposedly by order of god- on their behalf.
Words, concepts and languages that integrate us into prefabricated patterns of thinking, myths, ideologies and systems that destroy the imagination, curiosity, questioning and research on the relationship of “I” to “We”, of society with its members, and of humanity with the Biosphere and the Universe.
Thought shapes and systems of clichés aiming to destroy our thought, our self-confidence, our self-respect and our dignity, to make us fatalists, slaves of alleged gods, so that we never realize that in this way what we really do is become the slaves of certain fellow men who have betrayed their humanism, humanity itself and the people and the society that spawned them, nursed and took care of them.
Such concepts as; ‘Laws are righteous’, ‘We owe obedience to the laws’,  ‘Private property is sacred’, ‘Private property is a natural right’, ‘Private property is a source of security and freedom’, ‘We are all equal before god and the laws’, ‘God is our creator’, ‘God is righteous’, ‘God is great’, ‘The Representative democracy is people’s power’, ‘The people are sovereign’, ‘Believe and not doubt’, and many others, which abusively, and because of ignorance, violence, deception and ‘revealed truth’, have been recorded in our consciousness as ‘axiomatic truths’ and ‘moral values’ that regulate our lives.
Such ‘Axiomatic truths’ and ‘Moral values’ that deny science, the sanctity of life, social equity, liberty and happiness, inevitably become the subject of controversy, which is subsequently defined as ‘Sin’, as ‘deviation from normality’, as delinquency and ‘consecration crimes’, leading to the stigma of ‘enemy of the people and order’, social isolation, jail, and confinement in ‘white cells’ in some hellhole; Makronissos, Guantanamo, or the Gulags for the politically active and the alleged posthumous hell for the believers who dare doubt.
And when doubt and questioning manifest as social discontent and unrest then the ‘logic of the weapons’, of power and destruction is employed, but always with the ultimate result, sooner or later, of the prevail of the logic of history and the willingness of society to put an end to any tyranny and take the next step in the culture of direct democratic social self-management, the economy of common goods and of social equality.
There is of course the alternative, offered by the religious and authoritarian ‘priesthood’, such as the non-contestation of such predicates and the allegiance to obscurantist social traitors-rulers and the traders of religious mythology, wars, drugs, hallucinations and various forms of escapism, that even today leads many in ideological and political hooliganism, and / or in the bigotry, fundamentalism, in jihad etc. up to the capitalist barbarity of our times.
The essay 'The birth and death of private property' attempts to challenge taboos, and ideological ‘holy cows’ of the rulers, to demystify the 'holy grail' of capitalism, which is private property, and bring on the focus of public debate the problem of socioeconomic inequality, that condemns humanity into a path to self-destruction by capitalist decadence and barbarism.
This study dares to confront the lack of studies on the subject and to cover the non-accidental gap in the relevant literature. It proves in a convincing and sufficiently documented way that all authoritarian, undemocratic and exploitative socioeconomic systems and particularly the inhumane and destructive capitalism of our times, are built on the supposedly 'sacred' institution of private property, which could be characterized as the unacknowledged child of ignorance, obscurantism, violence and power, which generates economic, social, regional and national differences and conflicts that crush individuals, families, cities and nations, economies, societies and cultures.
Finally, this analysis confirms the logic of the centuries and peoples and the truth of the social struggles, that capitalism, like every previous exploitative socioeconomic system and private property as its basis, do not constitute the fate of humanity, becouse ‘Everything flows and nothing stays unchanged’ and ‘Man is the measure of all things’.

Remarks - Conclusions
1.        Humankind lived in conditions of common ownership for millions of years without private property, without inequalities and oppressive power, with institutions of mild development, equality, solidarity and fairness, and that is why it survived.
2.        In the conditions of an old and decaying capitalism, private property (small and large private property on land and other means of production) has virtually died because it is mortgaged to the usurious banking system and by being exposed to the toxic political casino-type capitalism is necessarily and forcibly expropriated. Because of this it is disconnected from people and as anonymous, invisible or shadow property moves rapidly from people with names and addresses to anonymous institutions, of-sore companies and labyrinthine financial groups and thus ultimately works against the interests of individuals, society and humanity as a whole.
3.        The private ownership on the means of production and energy sources as a product of force and power, produces and reproduces violence and power to perpetuate its’ existence, resulting in a decline to capitalist barbarism and human tragedy. Without the abolition of private property and the replacement of fossil fuels and centralized energy system by a new form of cheap, clean, inexhaustible and decentralized form of energy, such as hydrogen power, humanity is doomed to suffer a new capitalistic Middle Ages.
4.        The real-authoritarian personal property which produces wealth with foreign labor force and dominates humanity has nothing in common with the small and fictional individual property of the subordinates which like an invisible bridle drags them to the capitalist Coliseum and makes them easy opponents and subjects of exploitation for the large private property of the rulers.
5.        Private property, especially private property over the means of production, is a relatively recent institution imposed and maintained by force and falsehood, the wasteful and parasitic function of which is hostile to Nature and systematically undermines the equal and balanced development of the economy, society, the individual and the human civilization.
6.        Private property is the result and cause of violence, immorality, competition and crime that causes violent conflicts to the death between individuals, social classes, societies and nations. It creates symptoms of disastrous social morbidity, expressed as capitalist globalization and gradually leads to the death of societies, ignoring the fact that, as a social canker, it not only destroys society but also its’ own self in the process.
7.        The modern forces of Labour, Science and Culture must realize the path we are on and try, as long as it is still not too late, to abolish private property and capitalism, in order for humankind to be able to survive and prosper.
8.        A better world without private property, without economic and social inequalities, without violence, lies, masters and slaves, without wars is now in the 21st century, feasible, and born daily within the old in the form of new social movements that deny the degradation that capitalism brings, and offer new solutions for a society of equals and a mild, non-capitalistic and socially controlled economy of common goods, leisure and human happiness.
Let us open our eyes to admire this new world and let’s stretch out our hands to finally create it. Us, the forces of Labour, Science and Culture, as the true and only subject of history, can close the cycle of a history buried by social inequality, as this is the last stage of human prehistory and let’s build the foundations for the real human culture of classless societies so that the true history of humankind can begin. The long march of humanity toward social equality and universal humanist culture continues and the 'utopia' of Direct Democracy and Classless society gradually becomes reality, as the only alternative to salvation.


Note from the author.
Chapter A.: The private property as a concept and power: For the meaning, origin and nature of private property. Private property and individual. Individual ownership and family. Private property and the economy. Private property and society. Private property, politics and political rights. Private property and culture. Private property and the environment. Private property and ethics. Private property and democracy. Private ownership, globalization and terrorism. Private property and freedom.
Chapter B.: The historic appearance and the route of private property. Prehistoric, Pre-proprietary societies. Pre-capitalist forms of land ownership. The birth of private property and the trap of Solon. The transformations of private property. Capitalist private property. Capitalist private property as ideology. Capitalist private property in practice. Private property as the cause of civil and major geopolitical conflicts. Private property as a tool of the Fascist New World Order.
Chapter C.: Periodization of the history of property: The era of landlessness. The era of common ownership. The era of private property. The constant assertion of common ownership. The Commune of Thessaloniki (1342-1350). The Commune of Andros (1822). The Paris Commune (1871).
Chapter D: Decline and Death of private property and other monsters.

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