Capitalism

181 CEOs are Thinking of New Ways to Maximise Profit and Evade Justice for Crimes Against Humanity

Whether it’s Caitlin Moran, Maajid Nawaaz or the CEOs of Amazon and Apple, the rich and powerful are rattled. 181 CEOs have decided that stakeholders putting profit over people is no longer the capitalist way (even though that is essentially what capitalism is).

For years they have sat by idly and ignored our pleas to take a stand against policy that in some cases actively promotes division, whether that is related to the environment or communities, instead filling their coffers off the blood sweat and tears of the global south and minorities within western nations.

Take Amazon for eg, at a time when Trump was kicking out Mexicans and banning Muslims from entering the country, Amazon allowed the sale of nazi paraphernalia via its 3rd party sellers. The pressure group Sleeping Giants, with its trailblazing campaign to #bankruptfascism, managed to convince thousands of advertisers to shun Breitbart, a far right nazi news service that has been instrumental in the dissemination of nazi propaganda, most notably teaming up with Steve Bannon and employing Milo Yiannopoulis to grow their white supremacist network, yet Amazon in all its wisdom, refused. Amazon have been known to remove advertising if it violates their terms of service but in this instance, it failed to act. Amazon refused to engage on the matter, ignoring journalist requests for comment on their position, choosing to say nothing even when Sleeping Giants hired a billboard truck to drive around Seattle asking them to ‘stop funding bigotry’. They have been beyond reproach.

This announcement is no doubt a reaction to the growing resistance to the 1% who’ve had the power to quell conflict yet instead fanned its flames with their indifference and seeming inability to observe their own company policies but ultimately it is profit that drives these people. That profit has been on the wane, I personally haven’t used Amazon since the Sleeping Giants campaign, where previously I relied on it for almost all of my shopping needs. Yes, it was a pain in the arse trying to locate new retailers who weren’t just as bad, and it hit my pocket (because who can price match Amazon?) but once I’d consciously made the choice to stop funding these enablers of fascism, I stuck to it. Never taken an Uber either, specifically because they scabbed the New York Taxi picket line. I haven’t shopped with Amazon in over two years and I never will again and I wouldn’t be surprised if a sizeable chunk of Amazon’s customers have followed suit, prompting this bizarre and completely disingenuous pledge to put people first over their own pockets.

I wonder what might have happened if generations past had taken a stand against household names like Mercedes and Hugo Boss after they were complicit in the atrocities of world war 2. These huge corporations put profit first then and continue to do so with little or no reaction from the majority. Hugo Boss dressed the Nazis and Daimler-Benz used forced labour from civilians, prisoners of war and concentration camps victims to make up half of its 63,610 strong workforce. It admitted its part in the Nazi regime after the war and joined a German initiative ‘Remembrance, Responsibility and Future’ whose work included providing humanitarian aid to former forced labourers. How many of their forced workers died before they could be recompensed? Similarly, how many of Amazon’s, and indeed any of the other companies signing this Roundtable agreement, victims – whether direct or indirect – will never see a penny or even a word recognising the violence that has blighted their lives this past decade? Are we to forgive and forget and earnestly accept Amazon has not been directly complicit in the execution of white supremacy? We should never mention again the links between Amazon and the Chans/Kiwi Farms, without whom the latter would simply not have had the funding to spread its tentacles all over the globe, infecting every continent with its single minded quest for white domination?

Never forget Amazon gave ICE facial recognition tech capable of recognising fear. Activists warned it would mean an increase in family separation and other miscarriages of justice. Will Amazon acknowledge every last victim? Or is this just a cynical ploy as I suspect, to dazzle the increasingly hostile public into a false sense of security, after all it is such a revolutionary move, never before conceived as a possibility, to actually put people, human beings, before the very thing that made these ghouls business owners in the first place, the cold hard cash that bought them the power to act with impunity for near on a decade?

Putting people first, the environment, communities, that’s socialism. It can and never will be Capitalism 2.0. Perhaps CEOs would be better suited to admitting the end stages of capitalism are proving hard for them and the fear of an impending class war is the inspiration for this confusing declaration than trying to convince us the far right would be any good at socialist values.

People who truly value humanity would never have sought to destroy it.

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Bohomoon have this necklace on their website and it looks to me like it may be a surah from the quran, although it is quite difficult to discern what is actually written. They refer to it as ‘paradise necklace’ and this makes me think of ayat al kursi, a verse in the quran about the throne on which God sits. Muslims often have pieces of jewellery inscribed with quranic verse, particularly the ayat al kursi and also the four quls, but they aren’t usually permitted to wear it on their person because the word is pure and people often aren’t. Growing up I had a silver bangle with the ayat on it that I kept on top of a wardrobe as a sort of protection I guess?

I wish the image were sharper so I could make out what it says. I might be completely wrong about the nature of the inscription but it looks and feels hella appropriative at this stage. In the west, this entitlement to foreign cultures without giving them the respect they deserve is the crux of the many grievances poc have against their colonisers. They degrade our cultures then make a quick buck out of them. Meanwhile it is ruined for us and we cannot do anything to protect it because then we’re the savages who can’t take a joke.

As a reluctant agnostic (I wish more than anything God is real, because someone needs to right all the wrongs in the world and people are seemingly incapable) I am not personally riled by the audacity of infidels who deliberately set out to fan the flames in this clash of civilisations then cry victim when their targets kick back but I feel for the Muslims in my family, for whom this is of great importance.

Why do westerners have such a blatant disregard for all other cultures when they have no real culture of their own? I guess I answered my own question. Easier to plagiarise and appropriate stuff when you have the power to deny other cultures were ever capable of great things.

White westerners exemplified loot culture for 100s of years and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Loot – a stolen Hindi word an all.

JK Rowling and the Order of the British Empire

In this capitalist world where celebrity is everything, endorsements from the rich and famous can win or lose an election. Part of the reason Brexit was such a shambles was the utterly confusing mix of ‘idealist’ lefties and unapologetic bigots all on the same side. This is not to say I believe Galloway is an idealist or even a leftie for that matter but he says he is (even though I had some trouble reconciling this idea with the images of him sharing a platform with Nigel Farage). Whatever the leftie Brexiters thought they were doing, they weren’t prepared for the violent backlash against anyone deemed not English enough and in the weeks that followed there were some heartfelt retractions and apologies. Turns out if you ally¬†with right wing fascists you only lend credence to their cause.

Perhaps this is why people like JK Rowling believe hard left and hard right are one in the same; they saw some of them mingling together for good ol’ Blighty and imagined the need for independence was unifying, they can work together so long as they kick back at the uber state. Personally I couldn’t understand how anyone could claim to be left yet relish the idea of having a national identity, separate from the rest of Europe because we are Englanders and we should be proud of such greatness. Nothing leftie about that if you ask me. Nationalism is not socialism but I can see why it could be so confusing for so many, this theory that the far left and the far right come together like a horse shoe. I can see why people would think in this way but I have to add, it is a bit of a reach and sounds like the opinion of people who repeat truisms parrot fashion. It sounds like the brain fart of someone who has never attended a counter demo against a far right rally for if they had they would know that the far right are always the first to attack and it is on the far left to defend. The far left resort to violence because it has been proven through history fascists only respond to this kind of protest; you can ask them nicely to leave and see where that gets you.

Far right knuckle-heads repeatedly threaten communities where the population is majority non white. Far left comrades; black, white, brown, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Atheists, LGBTQ, disabled and many others defend these communities because we know an attack on one group is an attack on us all. Do not tar these very distinct groups with the same brush, JK and friends, it only magnifies your political ignorance and detachment from reality.

Neoliberals, Blairites, Red Tories etc would like for us to accept this idea they know what’s best for us, even though they haven’t the slightest interest in what makes us who we are. I want to talk about JK Rowling specifically because she was presented as their ace card – surely no one would dare question the almighty creator of Hogwarts, they assumed. With such a huge following I guess they thought we’d listen to her. Well, actually, a bunch of us were going to notice JK making false equivalencies between antifascists and fascists especially when she has a track record of ignoring minority voices pleading with her to honour their cultural practices and not misappropriate native ideas. This white lady with immense privilege routinely blocks brown people for saying she is stealing their culture and not compensating them for it. Heck, she isn’t even acknowledging it. It does feel suspicious doesn’t it, when we say it out loud and join the dots? A white lady picking and choosing how she would like to represent ethnic minorities, ignoring their protests at being misrepresented, hinting at the fact they and their supporters are just as bad as the white supremacists who would have us all wiped out.. It’s not just me, is it?

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Couple this with the fact that Blairites seem to glaze over whenever you bring up the Iraq war and the devastatingly harrowing legacy we left behind, choosing instead to vote for more bombs then gushing sycophantically about how much richer they got under Blair.. We cannot lay claim to greatness as an island until the war criminal has been held to account. We cannot claim to be a democracy when up to 2 million people were silenced when they marched to Stop the War. We cannot turn our backs when generations of Iraqi children are condemned.

When racists mock non whites for having a chip on their shoulder, for rinsing their oppression dry with the excuse “it was all a very long time ago and I wasn’t there, don’t blame me” they are choosing to ignore the ways in which non white cultures are still being carved up for mass consumption, rewarding the Columbusing white purveyor whilst various ethnic majorities struggle to ensure our basic survival. All she had to do was listen and come to an agreement with the people she is using to propel her successes; to give back what she took from them, in a manner befitting the native tradition. She actively chooses to ignore them. It’s why I had to interject when I saw JK conversing with an old time hero of mine, Sanjeev Bhaskar, in response to a Twitter user asking how he felt about JK supporting racist Blairites. His response was in earnest but coupled with the subsequent tweet from JK it presented Sanjeev in the light of a token brown person, his testament erasing the many voices who feel JK has profited from our ideas and stifled debate from the very people it concerns. Kudos to Sanjeev, I appreciated his frank replies to me, and the exchange prompted me to write this post, something I have been avoiding this past week, partly due to the inevitable white knighting from scary dudebros if they chance upon it but also because it would be ignorant of me to leave out the bit where I admonish the usual suspects for their erasure of the important points being made here. Of course Helen Lewis and Laurie Penny were going to circle jerk their support for this beloved children’s author of whom we’re all just jealous, for being so smart and original. The same faces who’ve systematically erased and silenced poc protesting erasure and silencing have propped each other up to the exclusion of everyone who is not rich, white and not famous.

They can’t have Sanjeev Bhaskar, not when already they have Panju.

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Further reading:

National Geographic – Native Americans to JK “We’re not magical”

Magic in North America Part 1 – Ugh

Natives in America – Dear JK Rowling: We’re still here