Author: Andre Gomes
I remember when I heard for the first time that the Pirates of the Caribbean were the first expression of pure Democracy in the Americas. I was watching a documentary about the most famous Caribbean Pirates when the narrator dropped this bomb on me. The narrator was supporting his thesis mainly on the form of consensus reached among all the mates, and the captain, on where to look for the next target; but this simple form of democracy was also practiced by the Native Americans before Columbus. Anyway, pirate captains, I also learned, were men who became leaders of sea adventurers because of their expertise in navigation, tactics in battle, and eloquence. The sea adventurers, mostly ex-cons turned into sea mates could only be controlled by captains who could place them in the path of easy spoilage. Nevertheless, if the captain failed to find ships to be ravaged of its precious cargo, he could also, very easily, be replaced by a mutiny. Doesn’t it sound like the prevalent corporate ideology in our days?
Another fact explained was that these captains, later known as privateers, left the London docks with secret instructions to steal every precious cargo leaving the Americas destined to European kingdoms. As we know, these precious cargos were the riches stolen from the Inca and the Maia kingdoms. The privateers’ employers were nothing less than wealthy businessman who belonged to the European nobility; their basic plan was to steal from one another, and the English Crown, on a far way sea. Here we can easily see that our own contemporary society with its financial, economic and monetary system, inherited this “democratic form of rape”—if I can paraphrase the narrator at this point. The truth is that whoever sponsored these trips did not expect to be ripped-off by their own employees; the privateers, in summary, had simply said: “fuck it!” and the famous age of the Caribbean Piracy began.
I kept watching the documentary noticing the narrator enthusiasm until I realized that the history of civilization is permeated with acts of barbarisms just like the piracy on the Caribbean Sea. Even the most civilized cultures of the past, the ones historians proudly mention like the Greeks and Romans—the founders of western civilization—they also committed acts of spoilage and slavery. They clearly demarcated their social strata into nobles and slaves, patricians and peasants. So it’s no wonder that the documentary producer and narrator loved the acts of the Caribbean Pirates; their barbaric acts resonated deeply in their consciousness, like it does on today’s businessmen. No! Democracy has never been implemented in any civilized society until this day! It is necessary to search for its embryo among the long gone agrarian societies and this job is left with archeologists and anthropologists.
Agrarian societies such as the Australian Aborigines, the Kalahari Bushmen, the American Indians among many others, believe the Earth does not belong to them, but them who belong to Earth! This belief kept them sharing the planet’s resources for thousands of years as they truly understood that their fellow neighbor had the same entitlement to the planets’ abundance. Moreover, they don’t abandon their elders; on the contrary, they guarantee their elders will have food, shelter and companion. They don’t abandon their children; in fact, the children seat with the elders to learn about their culture without any restrictions. They don’t abuse their wives; commonly, their women work to help maintain their society and are protected. Finally, their leaders are elected by a consensus because of his wisdom, not because of financial power, or family lineage. These agrarian societies also had wars, but they enjoyed more peaceful time than our societies. Their conflicts did not last eternally like the wars “civilized” countries wage on one another. What is to be admired is their system of barter. No currency needed. They traded to sustain their lives, and not to be rich. The hippie movement from the 60’s sensed how much peace that system can create, and they went on to try to recreate that same social environment with the alternative communities.
As we all know, capitalism to work needs to create demands after demands to keep the consume cycle going. That puts an extreme pressure on the environment which cannot replenish itself at the speed it is being harvested. In addition, the endless printing of currency for the selling of government bonds to other countries is a ponzi scheme that doesn’t have anything to back itself up. The business mentality of the republicans has to thanks President Nixon for creating the fiat lux currency in replacement of the old gold standard in the 70’s. The gold standard, which was an agreement among countries, was there to prevent these same countries from printing excess currency, therefore, creating a global financial depression. Capitalism only benefit investors and it needs a sizeable middle class to keep them profiting. This is definitely a slavery system modified for our times. It’s time to change!
Here is where the true capitalist ideology is at work. If you ask any corporate CEO if America is the leader of Democracy in the world they will surely agree with you. Democracy for them is the pursuing of financial gains without any consideration for the environment or its living creatures, and they will lobby for Congress to wage wars so they can bid on the jobs that will be available to produce war machines. It’s business as usual! But the best part is that they will also bid on the contracts to rebuild the destroyed countries. These businessmen took piracy to new heights! I have to take my hat off for their seamless sophistication! And all these are made possible with the American tax payer money.
Talking about tax payers, I cannot forget to mention the Tea Party, and the Americans for Prosperity. These people, who never had placed their feet outside their rural counties, forget about outside the country, are supporting the same people who are raping their assets. I thought only religion could pull this off! I was wrong, billionaires can do it too. Well, how can anyone fix the problems capitalism created when you have a large number of ignorant people supporting those who are deceiving them? Maybe, it is necessary for this system to totally collapse before our eyes. The businessmen in Washington (I don’t call them politicians anymore) and the others at every State’s Capitol around the country are reducing the funds for state universities. They even got the Tea Party and the Americans for Prosperity to believe education is not necessary; that the Bible instead of Darwin’s theory of evolution is true science; and that freedom is supported by military might only! Remember that it was only necessary to have one educated pirate on the ship to have other barbarians doing the pillaging for the investors. Is it any wonder the world still have famines?
When I first came in contact with the Zeitgeist Ideology, I felt attracted instantly. The “Resource-Based System” replacing the old capitalist economic system makes more sense, and it is worth the investment of anyone’s time to help it achieve its goal of true equality. I truly hope that this movement, with its propositions, can help turn this global moral crisis around. I hope all of us, around the world, can reach a new paradigm of mutual understanding, and finally, reach some green peace on our blue planet. Peace.