Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Capitalism Cannot Fix Capitalism- Moving Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Initial Thoughts

One of the primary goals of the founding of the Midnight Media Coup is that I want to form the Coup as infrastructure within the goal of working within direct opposition to capitalism, including the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.

As I immerse myself in movement building through both my summer internship with the Media Mobilizing Project and my travels to Detroit I am constantly reminded that capitalism cannot fix what capitalism has created. The greed that is created by a capitalist system is directly responsible for the inequities, which are necessary for the functioning of the system. Our desire to always be at the top, to be the exception, the rags to riches story is not sustainable.

As BP attempts to clean up the mess that their greed has created the effects of the oil industry in that area are not new, and will probably be felt for decades if not centuries to come. Oil Companies in Northeastern PA continue to rob the area of its natural resources while poisoning the area and the people who live within it.

As we watch Verizon attempt to convince us that a tiered system of Internet access, that would deny the power of new media, of Internet and of voice to low-income people is a positive step in the free market place.

What we see everyday is a system that teaches us to equate citizenship, equality and worth with money. Yet, by the nature of classic economic scarcity, it is impossible for the majority of people to buy that citizenship.

The goal of liberal capitalism is equality, but what I seek is equity.

The Non-Profit Industrial Complex is a product of a system of non-profits that are captive to the capitalist system they seek to cope with. Instead of working towards legitimate change these non-profits create band-aide solutions thus continuing to ensure that they have a solid base of need to serve. This is not always due to conscious effort, but rather in my opinion manufactured ignorance to the complexity of systems.

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