There Are No Superfluous Workers

Alain de Benoist recently wrote an interesting article stating we’re at a turning point in the world, the fall of the American Empire. He fears war.

I want to criticise one point of his. Benoist writes:

The fact of the matter is that capitalism has become incapable of continuing the “development of its logic within the framework shaped ironically by the logic of its own development” (Francis Cousin). To offset its declining level of performance, capitalism must constantly increase the volume of its profit, that is to say, it must constantly expand the scope of its trade opportunities. In order to insure, however, the free flow of goods and commodities, it must raise its productivity level, which in turn means lowering the share of living labor that has been domesticated through the wage labor system. Hence the proliferation of “superfluous people” — i.e., the unemployed. How to sell ever more and more to customers who are being forced to earn less and less with their wages?

While he’s partly right that capitalism requires growth and that we’ve reached some limits, he is wrong to say there are superfluous workers.

The wealthy still desire goods and services and would hire the poor at some wage level. The argument for a large middle class is political, that such brings harmony, keeps voters content in a democracy. But a market economy would still provide jobs.

*So long as market wages remain above subsistence levels, there is no superfluous population.*

What is truly happening is this:

Europe and America are wealthy, we are sending our capital overseas, and we are importing unskilled workers and guest workers to lower domestic wage pressures. This is being done in pursuit of profit by the owners of capital, who are putting greed ahead of national interest and ahead of worker interests.

As a result, we are seeing market wages fall below the minimum wage, which creates unemployment.

Furthermore, what Benoist ought to say is that capitalism keeps citizens content with the promise of improving living standards. However, since we’ve reached limits, we now risk crystalising into a more conservative system that is less upwardly mobile and doesn’t trickle down. We risk entering a world of rentiers who own capital, live off the rent, while others do the work.

Ideally a nation-state is built to function as a unit, so the reformer’s focus should be on what works for a national unit, not on some poorly conceived concept of “freedom” as American classical liberals are inclined to do. For example, a nationalist will want the brightest to enjoy full opportunities (access to the best education), rather than only the rich. Whereas classical liberals tend to hold an almost religious reverence for individualism and the free market, regardless of the impact on society.

I think it is good to question capitalism, but the best criticisms I’ve seen come from the early conservative anti-capitalists. That’s why I’ve posted about monasteries here before. They provided an independent moral compass and guarded heritage.

Fred Reed Discovers Genetic Engineering Topic

Many have written on the dangers of biotech over the years, but I like Reed’s comment here:

Just now of course no one knows very well what genes control what behavior, or whether all behavior is genetically determined, but this won’t last. Then what? Almost certainly resistance to manipulation will fade as it becomes possible to edit out diseases of genetic origin. This having worked, it will be hard to resist amplifying intelligence. Then…if there are genes for psychopathy, well…I mean, do we really need Ted Bundys? And we are off and running.

Reed is highlighting how it’s a slippery slope. First small changes will be made, then greater changes.

Currently man is becoming increasingly more reliant upon [non-genetic] technology, which can cure all manner of problems, enabling those to reproduce who might not have previously. This is what some call “dysgenics” (also see Idiocracy for IQ concerns). If a society were set up to resist biotech, it would need to consider just how this decline could be balanced without the use of biotech. Perhaps simply talking about it would lead to a voluntary correction, free choice by citizens. My focus tends to be on resisting biotech, not on promoting eugenics.

Conservatives have generally feared eugenics, with good reason. Biotech is seen by some as a sort of humane eugenics, especially now since transhumanists today tend to put their hopes in corporations, not governments.

So, why is it bad? Well, I recommend the reader complete Reed’s article, linked above. Then you’ll more readily follow how the threat is perfect and permanent moral relativity. It’s the completion of the French Revolution, the perfection of a faith of Reason. For a conservative, such is a nightmare. For a liberal, it’s a dream where all of the horrors of the past can be destroyed, forgotten, to make way for a new utopia: Man can finally replace God.

We already see how Darwinism is widely embraced; Creationism is seen almost on par with Flat Earth. So, I don’t really expect understanding on the threat.

But I am glad to see a thoughtful article by Reed on the matter.

Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Movie

Mel Gibson’s latest movie, “Hacksaw Ridge”, premiered on the 4th. It’s apparently about Desmond Thomas Doss: A pacifist serving as a medic in WWII, on the front lines. And it’s based on a true story.

Doss has a wikipedia article:

“He was a Corporal (Private First Class at the time of his Medal of Honor heroics) in the U.S. Army assigned to the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division.”

This latest film fits neatly into a Gibson trilogy: Passion, Apocalypto, Hacksaw. All three share deeply Christian themes.

Ancestor Worship at Stonehenge

Stonehenge is now thought to be a site of past ancestor worship.

It is believed to have begun as a Welsh tomb, until its relocation. Presumably the people living in Wales moved, took their ancestors with them.

I wonder if this new theory will dampen New Age religious celebrations at the tombs, since they tend to be more cosmopolitan.

“Where are the dead? The simple answer is Stonehenge, because what we hadn’t realised was that Stonehenge is the largest cemetery of the entire 3rd millennium BC in Britain,” added Prof Parker Pearson.

“Most of those remains are cremated. Just burnt fragments. There were several hundred people buried.”

Note: This is not a new theory, but it’s a recent article. Our betters would prefer we only talked of Stonehenge as astrological in nature.

The Wave (2015): Excellent Movie

The Wave is a Norwegian catastrophe film (English subtitles) which I like for revealing the delicacy of modern society. Moderns tend to obsess over the near-term, disregarding risk. And we tend to believe in our absolute mastery over nature.

What’s most enjoyable is how the film is free from propaganda: Parents protect their children, and men behave as men.

It’s also pleasant to see a community act as a unit, rather than as a collection of modern asocial consumers who happen to temporarily reside in the same location.