Saturday, February 09, 2013

Reasserting the rights of Society

Something that is long overdue in the United States. Strangely enough, despite living in a society with other people, where we need to cooperate on a daily basis to get what we need to live, through work and consumption, people in the United States don't seem to regard themselves as living in a society that is interdependent. We're all individuals, and, besides that, our individual freedom somehow adheres to businesses, where the sort of gung-ho individualism is thought to be manifested in business being able to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants, with no consequences. It's high time that society reasserts its rights over business.

Society, as a whole, also has rights over individuals. This is complicated because we currently live in a capitalist system where the superstructure is not in line with the base, where our legal and governmental systems serve the rich and capitalism as well as serving people as a whole, yet, some of the basic laws and regulations that are necessary for a decent society to exist still get through. The obligation for individuals to obey what society has established has been greatly misunderstood. If you're born into a society, you may be able to change the laws through lobbying representatives when you become an adult, but in the meantime, you have to obey what's been established before. Society has this claim on people.

I also think that society does exist as a whole, as a body of sorts, although the comparisons are purely linguistic, but that this body is divided against itself due to the division of labor installed by capitalism, that establishes two laws and two standards of living for society: one for those with access to capital, the other for those without. If capitalism is overthrown, the chance will come for society to regain its unitary state. 

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