By Victoria Lynn Hall
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.Richard Bach
I periodically share the above quote on Twitter with the reminder that one of the worst forms of propaganda is that which makes us believe that a better world is not possible.
The last time I shared this was after having a brief exchange with someone on Twitter who seemed to think that the notion that capitalism could have a conscience was more realistic than condemning capitalism altogether because “It’s unproductive to expect to be able to replace the entire social/economic environment with no transition”.
I actually believe it’s unproductive to expect a transition that includes a system behaving in a way that it wasn’t designed to behave. But more than that I think it is unproductive to compromise our ideas of what could be based on the way things are. Talking about transition before there is any commonly accepted vision of what we would be transitioning to is only going to divide us further. Whereas, if we agree that we would be better off without capitalism altogether, we can begin to construct that shared vision that could show us the way out of it.
I know there are people struggling right now who need immediate solutions and I am all for advocating for them to get as much help as they can get right now. But the fact that there is a huge gap between what is needed and what our government considers adequate means to me that we have compromised far too much for far too long.
More than anything right now, I think it is time to start challenging the constructs that are limiting us. I know some are saying it is time to “burn it all down” and while I don’t think doing that literally is the way to go, I think we can do something like that in our own minds. I think we need to mentally give ourselves a clean slate; a blank canvas on which to paint a new vision that is inspiring enough to unite all of us who want an end to needless suffering.
That’s sure to be a long process in itself but it can’t begin with us narrowing our options out of the gate by asking ourselves what is productive or realistic; it only begins when we dare to ask ourselves, “what if…?”
Another quote that relates to this subject (which you will also find in Jesse’s Twitter bio), “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” is by revolutionary, Thomas Paine who we bring up in this episode.
For an overview of Paine’s life, work and influence, I suggest reading, “Reading Paine From the Left” By Sean Monahan for Jacobin.
While Jesse correctly states in this episode that capitalism was a progression from feudalism, Anthropologist Jason Hickel has pointed out in his book, Less is More and elsewhere that it was not capitalism that put an end to feudalism in Europe but peasant rebellions in the 14th and 15th centuries and it was capitalism that unfortunately put an end to that revolution.
We talk about and share this short film on Afghanistan a lot because it is well done and important: Afghanistan War Exposed: An Imperial Conspiracy (Full Documentary) with Abby Martin for The Empire Files
We share this article a lot too. It’s a long read but if you can find the time, it’s worth reading to understand the complex challenges we face when it comes to our climate crisis and energy sources: ‘Green’ billionaires behind professional activist network that led suppression of ‘Planet of the Humans’ documentary By Max Blumenthal for the Grayzone
I mentioned the post I wrote earlier this week: Violence, Here, There & Everywhere
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.