Professor Trompsky is back!

Professor Trompsky, you said that the current pandemic is the defining moment of capitalism’s moral refinement preparing its coming demise? Could you explain?

Well, uhm, we see that more and more people are pushed towards precarious jobs with no security whatsoever and more importantly devoid of any real interaction with their peers. That, you know, forces them to beg for work they don’t really want to do, often from behind their screens in their own homes. Yet they keep doing it, and the entire system is banking on it that they do. Why is that?

I don’t, I mean I…

Well, it’s rather trivial. They fear destitution, is the obvious answer. But they did that before too. What is new now is they are alone. No unions. No-one to remind them why it is wise that they stay on, no-one but themselves. And who fails at motivating themselves, will fail at their job.

The work they do is of course unnecessary, that is a threshold we crossed a long time ago. But the requirement for self-motivations is new. It spawned an entire industry, as you know.

Professor, how does this lead to the downfall of capitalism?

Well, uhm, look, the physical coercion is replaced by self-coercion, in other words moral force. And that is much more volatile depending on the political sphere. We will see a lot of populist on the left compelling workers to demand meaningful work.

That sounds like a good thing?

Yes, certainly, but it is driving a stake in the heart of capitalism. Such a demand can only be met with a policy that reverses the tendencies we see today. The only meaning capitalism has to offer is money, so it should start there. And I don’t see how that is possible without cooperatives and worker ownership.

But is still require a revolution?

Oh, it will be a silent one, these populists will not call for an uprising but facilitate the proliferation of worker owned industries, sucking up all labor and so crippling the old capitalist bodies.

Professor Trompsky, insightful as always, we thank you for this interview.




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Meditation on purpose

We sit still with our eyes closed. In the distance, across the fields, are green hills. Alright, this is my concrete situation perhaps not yours. Never mind. The why-question or more precisely the what are we here for question is personally daunting. So much so, that we assume we can hardly help each other finding an answer.

Of course, there are no answers, only provisionary directions. Ideas we can adhere to. I leave religion out of this meditation for I am no priest. In humanism these guiding ideas might be something like contributing to society as good as you can, or searching for scientific truth.

I like to categorize these ambitions as love. Love for truth, love for other people, art, music, words, food. May our purpose come from love, not from fear. What do you fear? Death, shame, loss, the elements, financial insecurity, disease, dementia? Close your eyes. Next to you there is a poisonous snake. It doesn’t move. Are you afraid? Now on the other side there is a snake as well. You were in the right place to survive all along. Oftentimes, fear can misinform us.

So we should ask: How does this fear relate to our love? Can if make our love grow or is it an obstacle? Maybe we should realize that in the light of our mortality, the life-affirming sentiment of love is our most sensible wager. What we create out of love can be remembered independently of the morals of the day, to paraphrase Nietzsche.

Breathe deeply. Ask yourself what is making you tick, and what is it you want to make you tick? It the first based on fear and the second based on love?

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