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Capital (tu, ce capital ai?) -1-

Marzo 12th, 2017 Posted in Mişcarea Dacia


Pentru a simplifica înţelegerea MERITOCRAŢIEI ILUMINISTE, azi vom analiza teza CAPITALISM, urmând să facem acelaşi lucru pentru antiteza COMUNISM.
Simplificând şi apelând la Dialectica Hegeliană, MIŞCAREA DACIA consideră MERITOCRAŢIA ILUMINISTĂ ca fiind SINTEZA acestora.
După lectura fragmentului din cartea „CRAPITALISM” a lui Michael Faust, o să concluzionăm cu MODALITĂŢILE DE EXTIRPARE A CAPITALISMULUI, ce sunt contemplate de Manifestul „Mişcării Dacia”:
CAPITALISMUL nu este „Sfârşitul Istoriei” cum susţine Fukuyama, ba este chiar în „moarte clinică”.
Fukuyama ignoră „DEVENIREA PERPETUĂ” (BECOMING) ca LEGE UNIVERSALĂ… numai EXTINCŢIA SPECIEI UMANE ar reprezenta „Sfârşitul Istoriei” şi fără a fi luată în consideraţie de acesta, nu e exclusă.

„It’s not enough for the elite 1% to be masters of economic capital (cash and financial assets) alone. They must control all versions of capital. There are three non-economic types of capital which are immensely significant: social, cultural and symbolic. French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu introduced this extended definition of capital. He said of capital that it applied “to all the goods material and symbolic, without distinction, that present themselves as rare and worthy of being sought after in a particular social formation.”
1) Social capital. Think of this as the groups and networks to which you belong, and the quality of the relationships you enjoy. Do you belong to the elite Harvard circle, or to Oxford’s Bullingdon Club? Do you get an invite to Bohemian Grove? Do you mix with millionaires, with politicians and celebrities? Who will help you when the chips are down? Who will support you? Do you think the people born into privilege ever have “hard times”? Bourdieu described social capital as: “the aggregate of the actual or potential resources which are linked to possession of a durable network of more or less institutionalized relationships of mutual acquaintance and recognition.”
Most of us have low social capital. We don’t know anyone significant, or anyone who has any meaningful resources. Our networks are transient, low-level and can’t help us to set up a business, or make any real difference in our lives. It’s the elite who define all important forms of social capital, and they establish exclusive groups for the rich in order to perpetuate their elite status. Everyone wants to join their groups; they have no interest in joining yours.
2) Cultural capital. Think of this as the extent to which you share the cultural values of the elite (the elite are the ones who shape the cultural values). Do you like what they like? Do you like opera, ballet, classical music, modern art, fine wine, high cuisine, literary fiction, exclusive holidays in luxury resorts where hoi polloi never go? If you want to have a higher status in society, you have to be knowledgeable about the cultural values of the top 1%. If you share their values, they might invite you into their charmed circle. If all you can talk about is “working class” culture, they will regard you as a barbarian, and you will never get any invites. “Social climbing” is about adopting the necessary values to allow you to mix easily with the ruling elite. If you have low economic capital but high cultural capital, you might be able to ascend the social ladder to some extent. If you have low cultural capital but high economic capital, you will always be regarded as “vulgar”, as “new money”.
So, cultural capital is about “table manners”, the extent to which you can exhibit “refined” taste (such taste being dictated by the value system of the elite, which is designed to exclude 99% of the people). Bourdieu refers to cultural capital most especially in relation to education. That’s the primary arena where you can adopt the values of the elite and gain a higher status for yourself. If you reject education, you are unlikely to acquire any cultural capital. You will be more like Tony Montana in Scarface – an uncouth, violent thug with no class. Most parents are clueless about how to acquire cultural capital, and so their children are equally ignorant. You don’t get it by eating junk food, watching junk TV, and playing video games.
Cultural capital is about non-financial social nous; knowing what the elite like. It can help you with your networking (social capital), and then lead to the acquisition of greater economic capital because you will get a better job than those lacking cultural capital.
Understanding cultural capital is the best route to social mobility for anyone outside the privileged elite. Cultural capital opens the doors that would otherwise be locked. But, crucially, it’s all about embracing the values of a profoundly elitist and snobbish group who despise ordinary people. Why should you have to play that game in order to get on in the world? And what would it say about you if you did play along?
3) Symbolic capital. This is perhaps most important of all because it targets the imagination. Consider the “Royal Wedding” in the UK. Think of all the pomp, splendour and grandeur on show, the projection of the power and glory of the British Establishment. All of this is designed to emphasize the legitimacy of the regime and to show any republicans that when they denounce the Queen, they stand opposed to the whole British nation.
Think of the importance of the American flag and the Star Spangled Banner anthem to ordinary Americans. Think of the power of the Koran over the collective Muslim mind. Think of Ferrari cars, Rolex watches, designer labels and so on. These contain immense symbolic capital.
People crave certain consumer goods not because they have great intrinsic value but because they are priceless in terms of symbolic value. Everyone wants the symbols that impress others. People are obsessed with signs and symbols. We are all judging each other according to the signs and symbols we have on show. These are the basis of status, and underpin the perpetual status war in which we are all engaged. Everyone wants to have the signs and symbols associated with the highest status. The rich, of course, are always the winners in the status war. They are the ones who can afford the highest value status symbols.
Symbolic capital is all about prestige, honour, recognition, glory, status, your place in the pecking order. Everyone, whether they like it or not, is caught in the game of symbolic capital.
In summary, we can think of economic capital as “what you own” (personal wealth, often produced by inheritance), social capital as “who you know” (nepotism, cronyism and privilege), cultural capital as “what you know about the values and tastes of the ruling elite, and how well you are in accord with those values and tastes”, and symbolic capital as “the signs and symbols that indicate your status, with the highest and most desirable signs and symbols being those linked to the rich elite.”
Capital in its four forms is the key to our world, and is entirely defined and shaped by the elite. They control not only your financial circumstances, but also how you think, what you think, and to what you aspire. They dictate what you believe in, but they allow you to think you chose those beliefs for yourself. They dictate how you vote: you always vote for them or their puppets. They construct your identity. They even construct the stuff of which you dream. They are the true controllers of the Matrix. You are the batteries for the capitalist machine. You power it, and every time you make a purchase you make the rich richer. You are the perfect drones and droids, and all the while you delude yourselves that you are free and you have meaningful choices. You don’t.
What you dream of most of all is being one of the rich elite. Ergo they are the last people in the world you would attack because they are what you aspire to be. And that’s why 400 people can dominate 150,000,000 with almost no effort. They don’t have to spy on you and check up on you. You automatically do everything required of you because that’s how they’ve programmed you.
Isn’t it time to wake up? Stop swallowing the elite’s propaganda. These people are scum and it’s time they were swept away by the people’s righteous anger, just as they were in the French and Russian Revolutions.”
Michael Faust

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