Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth. Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become “profiteers,”, who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.
Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.
– J.M. Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace.
Now you can tweet, Facebook and capture #occupywallst. On the new iPhone 4S.
The original read “My mother is drowning in debt so I can earn a degree that offers NO FINANCIAL SECURITY.”
What’s interesting about many of these snapshot testimonials is that many of these young people appear surprised and angered by the fact that, yes, failure is one of many potential outcomes when you (or your mother) invest in a college degree. It’s not surprising. It’s not the fault of a conspiracy when your education fails to deliver skills that employers want. At worst, it’s brute luck.
I find the disconnect between willfully consuming the products of corporate greed and the desire to kill that greed very interesting. Photo edit by me, via Slate.