GLOBAL STRATEGIC HYPOTHESES.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Capitalism’s Fatal ‘‘‘Auto-Immune Disease’’’, Part 01: ‘Seldon on Capitalism’ Series. GLOBAL STRATEGIC HYPOTHESES.
Capitalism’s Fatal ‘‘‘Auto-Immune Disease’’’, Part 01: ‘Seldon on Capitalism’ Series.
GLOBAL STRATEGIC HYPOTHESES.
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, and as a voting member of F.E.D., to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
The first such release in this new series is posted below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, by the editors of the Special Council for the Encyclopedia, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
This 1st installment addresses ‘the fatal auto-immune disease’ of the capitalist system, first identified by Karl Marx.
“...Capitalism suffers, in effect, from a fatal ‘auto-immune disease’.”
“Capitalism-induced growth of productivity -- “growth of the social forces of production” [Marx] destroys capital -- i.e., it increasingly net devalues the accumulated capital-value of the concentrated owners of capital-value, once the fixed capital intensity of industrial production rises sufficiently, eventually turning a key, ruling faction of those owners against the competitive capitalist system itself.”
“That is, this ‘‘‘auto-immune disease’’’ is that of the capitals-system’s immanent expanded self-reproduction and accumulation of capital-value turning against itself, and net-destroying capital-value, as a result of the accelerating net [techno-]depreciation of [especially fixed-]capital-value, a turning that capitalism itself immanently creates by incentivizing an accelerating growth of productivity -- growth of the social productive force of its productive industrial capital -- through the competitive pursuit of, especially, relative surplus-value, and as expressed in the growing ‘fixed-capital intensity’ of industrial capitalist productive capital relative to the other capital-forms.”
“Thereby, more productive, newer vintages of fixed capital competitively devalue older vintages of fixed capital value, by rendering them obsolete and unprofitable to use due to competition from the newer vintages. The lost capital value due to this technodepreciation must be written-off against gross profits, whose recurrence may lead to a prolonged secular fall in the capitalist industrial rate of profit, or rate of return on fixed capital investment.”
“The violent social policy reaction of the capitalist ruling class to this fruition of the ascendance phase of capitalism, circa 1913, then ushered in the descendence phase of the global capitalist system. ...”
“The key problem of capitalist society that blocks social equity, in the context of this ‘technodepreciation threat’ to the power of the ‘descendence phase’ capitalist ruling class ruling faction, is the fact that, under the capitalist system, most of the income generated by the entire society -- more and more of the new wealth produced and added to society, by society, annually -- goes to an ever-shrinking tiny minority of the population.”
“This process gives that tiny minority, the concentrated owners of capital-value, an inordinate potential to subvert and misdirect the interests of the majority -- of the working classes --i.e., enormous and ever-growing potential to subvert capitalist representative democracy -- even that modicum of democracy which is potential under the capitalist system.”
“Because of the ‘technodepreciation threat’ to the accumulated capital-value of this ruling minority of capitalists, this dire threat to their vast capital-properties, hence the ‘technodepreciation threat’ to their very economic and political-economic power to rule, and to continue reaping the “perks” of power that they so obsessively crave, this “ruling faction” minority comes to see human progress -- scientific progress [unless applied solely to weaponry], technological progress [again, unless applied solely to weaponry, means of police-state social surveillance, etc.], social progress, and political progress -- as a mortal threat to their ruling power.”
“The capitalist system’s immanent development -- once industrial capitalism’s fixed capital intensity of core industrial productive capital crosses a definite threshold, relative to other forms of capital -- thus gives this ruling faction a growing motivation to attack that progress in ways which further diminish social equity, and, indeed, increasingly undermine the very ‘meta-Darwinian fitness’ of the global human species itself -- namely, the sustained rate of expanded self-reproduction of the ‘human onto-mass’ or ‘socio-mass’ of human population itself, and of its life-and-reproduction-supportive artifacts, which rate is also the core metric of the [human-]soci[et]al [self-re]productive [self-]force.”
“This expanded self-reproduction of humanity -- if the fetters of this ruling faction, and of the capital-social-relation-of-production which spawned it, are overcome -- would eventually enable humanity to spread itself beyond its original home planet.”
“Humanity will do so, if we are successful, in time, in transcending our capitalist integument, and in overcoming the increasingly state-capitalist, police-state-totalitarian, and ‘humanocidal’ rule of humanity’s present, descendence phase capitalist ruling class ruling faction, i.e., the Rockefeller, ‘Rocke-Nazi’, “Eugenics”, “People Are Pollution”, “Environmentalist” faction, which has long since “graduated” from targeting individual ethnic groups for genocide, to targeting “95%” of humanity, of all ethnic groups, for ‘humanocide’.” --
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