The following comment was placed at a related article in the tech site, CrunchGear, flogging off crap-looking t.-shirts for the cause,
“Donate to the quake? You must be joking. The slaves forking out for the slaves? We've all given through tax, the amount of the fruits of our labour that corporations, and through them, governments profit from, etc, etc. Charity is us subsidising the capitalists, 'celebs', 'royalty', and governments. And, by the way, the t-shirt looks crap.”
And how nice of them, they even supplied a link to a post on Huffington Post which supplied information on the various ways that the elite might be subsidised. Well, these gals and guys at CrunchGear are just ‘techies’, so i’d expect that they are more versed in the byways and highways running around on a computer motherboard than they would about the intertwining sinews comprising the tapestry of life.
what we’re doing with this charity shit is subsidising the elite...being charitable toward the elite, that’s what it is essentially.
So Vanessa (chinese girl from singapore working here in the UK) was sitting beside by table having her bowl of oats, and read my comment at CrunchGear. I told her that Japan was a rich country and that their elite should be forking out to help their own. “For us to donate means that the elite there can reserve their money for more global acquisitions and the exploitation of more people. So what we’re doing with this charity shit is subsidising the elite...being charitable toward the elite, that’s what it is essentially. They aren’t getting a single cent from me.”
And anyway, I continued,
“These people we’re going to be helping....they’re going to either be the masters or the slaves in the future, and have little problem with that. And the workers will be doing their utmost to compete with other workers throughout the globe as well. Whatever international workers consciousness might be formed through our international acts of charity is undone by our simultaneously and subconsciously accepting that the elite should hold on to the bulk of our money when disaster strikes. And because of such a belief, they will have little choice but to compete with their fellow workers throughout the world and try to gain at their expense.
...international empathetic consciousness engendered via international charity in times of crisis is undone by international competition supported via our subsidising the elite in times of crisis and at all other times.
Basically, when we allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by the top, we will have little choice but to compensate for it by taking advantage of others. In this context, the Japanese workers will have to do their best to put the workers of other states out of the job by beating them economically, and vice versa. In a nutshell, international empathetic consciousness engendered via international charity in times of crisis is undone by international competition supported via our subsidising the elite in times of crisis and at all other times. Get it? It is a contradiction, and this contradiction undoes our ability to engender a collective international workers' consciousness. In an evil system, doing good is oftentimes supporting the continuation of a greater and overarching evil. I may not be able to change the system, but I’m sure as hell not going to support it.”
“But how about poorer countries?” She asked,
“Not a single cent to them either, unless they have a truly socialist government installed. If they have a capitalist system, then tell them to go beg from the rich countries, the IMF, World Bank, or whatever. After all, once their economical infrastructure is up, and more and more of them are ‘educated’, it is the rich countries whom are going to go in an exploit their labour and market. So let them go and invest in their future.”
Times of crises such as this is not only the time when we know who our friends are, but it is also the time when we renew our belief that the slaves ought to help the slaves whilst the masters are allowed to keep the bulk of the money they have acquired from the slaves to enslave more.
As far as logic is concerned, the virtue of ‘faith, hope and charity’ is dependent on the system within which it is practiced.