(I want to say before you read this, that it is only a thought. I am not staking my life on this post. I would not die for this post. It is mostly a work of imagination.)
Awhile ago I asked about Marx and Engels theory on the Withering Away of the State.
Now I will present to you why.
First a history lesson:
Marx and Engels theory on capitalism was that capitalism would eventually consume itself.
That eventually a company would arise that would consume all the companies.
Marx and Engels thought though that it would happen a lot sooner and would happen by revolution.
We have seen that revolution is not a product of higher forms of capitalism and democracy.
Revolution when looking in any high school history book only happens in the first stages of a country's industrial capitalist period.
In many of those countries a civil war came after. And the civil war was always between those who are clinging to the old fuedalist system verses the wage-labor capitalist.
Then after awhile the countries no longer have civil wars, but civil disobedience and riots like the in France in the late 60s or in America in the late sixties.
We can say this non-violent approach to making changes in a society is because of democracy and freedom of speech.
Now we can see that Marx and Engels were wrong about revolution. Revolution doesn't occur in developed capitalist nations.
Now the question is asked, why doens't it occur?
Revolutions are caused by extreme scarcity, the population must be starving for them to leave their houses and kill people. Besides that there are other abstract factors like there is a class dying, another class using different modes of production rising, there has to be a new ideology rising amongst the masses etc.
What I mean by "rising class" is that the feudalist or aristocracy economy was farming and they used either peasants or slaves or serfs to the work. They didn't pay wages hourly.
And the bourgeois class used factories and shops and paid their workers in wage-labor. They didn't believe in using peasants, slaves, or serfs, but proletariats as workers. A proletariat is someone who works for a wage and goes home to their own house on their own land.
But the communist wants to use the same type of factories as the capitalist, the same modes of production. Because if you have millions living in your country and you want the millions to stay alive you still have to use factories that mass produce products.
So even though the rich who make money off of computer technology aren't really a different class, their companies use wage-labor, and they have factories to produce their products also.
The proletariat is not and will never be a rising class.
The proletariat always has food, and if he does not, the state will supply a food stamp card to get some.
The proletariat works so much and is so numbed by whatever job he has that he doesn't have the energy to care about such huge things as national politics, he has the energy to care about what he has a stake in, taxes, schools if he has children, etc. But not enough time to consume himself in learning a whole new way of government.
Marx and Engels didn't know what the death of God and the lack of religion would have on the population. They did not know that people would start worshipping celebrities and cult of personalities as a way to give themselves some semblance of an identity.
This has led us to a kind of revolutionary stalemate. Even though America currently has a completely defective government and mainstream media that no longer listens to the population. The government still grants food and enough labor that people can eat and buy drugs to stay complacent. And the government if you cannot afford drugs will give them to you for free.
So it seems that history has ended, that we are trapped. Because if people do not revolt the giant corporations than we have no chance of a new and better world.
But maybe history is not over?
Engels said, "The capitalistic mode of production moves in these two forms of the antagonism immanent to it from its very origin. It is never able to get out of that "vicious circle" which Fourier had already discovered. What Fourier could not, indeed, see in his time is that this circle is gradually narrowing; that the movement becomes more and more a spiral, and must come to an end, like the movement of planets, by collision with the centre."
This is Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart is the largest business in the world, it has stores all over the world. it is a global business.
We must remember that Trotsky thought the only way for a communist nation to survive and for the state to wither away was if the whole world was communist and it was all happening at once.
Wal-Mart is global.
Wal-Mart is making its own products now.
Wal-Mart will slowly bankrupt all of the companies it deals with and then make the product they were producing themselves.
Wal-Mart will eventually start making its own cars, grow its own pickels, peas, potatoes, it will have livestock farms to get meat from, its own publishing companies its own shoe companies, construction companies, pill companies, doctors, lawyers, etc.
Wal-Mart is the center of the spiral.
It will be the company that consumes all the other companies.
Wal-Mart will continue to branch out until it has sucked every other company up.
But how will Wal-Mart cause the withering away of the state you ask?
Engels said, "State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous, and then dies out of itself; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production. The State is not "abolished". It dies out."
We have already seen huge billion dollar record, movie, food companies bend to the will of Wal-Mart.
Eventually Wal-Mart will have so much power that governments will have to bend to the will of Wal-Mart, which we could say they already have in a lot of local governments.
But eventually it will be more than bending, if Wal-Mart controls the food and the means of supplying it, if it controls entertainment and the means of supplying it, if it controls the clothing and the means of supplying it, than the governments of the world will become powerless to Wal-Mart.
The governments will become superfluous.
The thing that will make this truly communist is that workers of Wal-Mart all own stock in Wal-Mart. Therefore if the workers all own stock, than it will be a dictatorship of the proletariat.
Now I do not know what a Wal-Mart world would look like, if it would be a good place to live or what. And if you couldn't hold a job working for Wal-Mart I don't know what would happen to you, you would probably die. Perhaps Wal-Mart will become unionized one day and things won't turn out that bad, who knows.
I asked several people if they thought Wal-Mart would cause the withering away of the state. Gene Morgan replied that it would be the state that caused it.
Which is true, the state could right now make creative decisions to make a better world. We have the technology but the government is full of rich kid preppies.
Now we can all agree with this as artsy fartsy fucks. Preppies usually suck. Some grow up after high school, but most suck. And these aren't even the preppies we know. These are like preppies that grew up with millions of dollars. Preppies that attend Ivy League colleges and pass with Cs. The people who make up our governments are power-hungry preppy assholes.
It is like the best people I know, the people I would love to see hold political office, people like James Chapman or the owner of the used bookstore in Youngstown, peaceful, down to earth, kind people. Those people never run for office, it doesn't even occur to them.
It is like fashion design or marketing majors, you know whoever would want to do that with their life is an asshole.
I'm sure some of you have had this situation, you are at college and someone says they dream of working for TIME magazine, and I bet you thought, "God, that person is an asshole."
People who dream of running for congress, senate, being president, and working in the presidential cabinet and then spending all their time getting huge corporations to give them money to campaign are assholes.
For example: it takes a very skinny tall woman with a pretty face to be a supermodel.
And it takes a huge ass kissing preppy power hungry asshole to become a congressman or state governor.