Within the $ystem,
is for the worth of the $ystem
and the $ystem heads,
at the expense of the proletariat.
working for money
and spending that money
on goods made for the $ystem, by the $ystem
the entire middle class is a great machine
for the government
to fund war, withhold resources
what the people create is not theirs, it belongs to the $ystem
what the people spend their money on
feeds back into the $ystem
So here we are for decades
we have been working
not actually making a single thing
no thing you can call your own
not a room
not your children
not their future
not your home.
If you see nothing else, see this:
we don’t need capitalism-
it needs us.
though some things are much more challenging to circumvent
like paying rent
we must have the least number of expenses possible
stop working for money
and instead for the kind of resources that you personally value:
food, land, textiles, tools, instruments, water
we must stop working for other people’s money
we must find collective needs
and work towards collective ends
like spaces that we own together
spaces we create
you can source your own shit!
make your own shit
the shit doesn’t really matter
but making it will
your table will be YOUR TABLE
grow your own food!
(food for thought:
is food too)
make your own art!
trade your art for others’ art
grow your own weed, your own tobacco, your own fruit tree
support local artists and
people who care about what they make
be aware of what actually comes from the ground of your city
what’s on the ground?
in more than one sense
what grows in your city?
What kind of love?
how much of
what you consume today
you are what you eat:
consume what you create
make less waste
eat your trash
put it in your own backyard
because capitalism is a great illusion
like the wizard of Oz and his tiny dick
like every advertisement for shit you don’t need
capitalism is illusive
first to individuals, then to communities, and finally to social problems
and not the cool kind of sick
like a gnarly wave
capitalism is a ghastly wave
dishonest to the soul
it’s not awesome
it is built on racism, on slavery,
on murder, on war, on exploitation, on bullshit
i love you
but capitalism doesn’t give a fuck about you
art is good
do your art
make what’s good
art can be anything with soul
especially if it’s useful
especially if it’s productive
especially if it keeps you fed
it’s anything that shows us our beauty, our humanity,
that reminds us that capitalism is made up,
that reminds us that anything that makes us deeply happy
is good for us
don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t important if it doesn’t make you money
if it makes you happy
(truly happy in your heart and your face and all the way to your toes)
then it is fucking important,
so much more important than making money
making money to spend money in this country of access
is simply buying into ignorance
the ignorance that it takes to support immoral practices
the ignorance that it takes to fund killing
to fund stealing
and not the cute kind of stealing
this is the kind of stealing
that takes childhoods away from children
the kind of stealing that requires centuries of healing
requires centuries of re-thinking,
repetitive and un-fuckwithable amounts of healing
heal heal heal
and do so with and for other people
trade what you make for what they make
not as abundance,
not even as wealth,
and certainly not happiness
but see the number on your bank statement
as how much you have bought into capitalism.
that is all that number means
this is your challenge
Can you un-buy yourself out of the system?
Can you leave behind what worth you see in that number?
Can you be bigger than a number?
Can you be more than a pawn of ignorance in this short lifetime?
you can create
you can be more beautiful
than money ever could
you have to believe in making art
and maybe making love
and do it yourself.