JESUS IS A POPULIST: ANTI-CAPITALIST

JESUS IS A POPULIST: ANTI-CAPITALIST

What's left of mainstream populism exists on life-support in some attic of the Democratic Party. Even the language of our second Gilded Age is hollowed out. In a society saturated in Christian sanctimony, would anyone today describe "mankind crucified on a cross of gold" as William Jennings Bryan once did, or let loose against "Mammon worship," condemn aristocratic "parasites," or excommunicate "vampire speculators" and the "devilfish" of Wall Street? If nineteenth century evangelical preachers once pronounced anathema on capitalist greed, twenty-first century televangelists deify it. Tempers have cooled, leaving God, like many Americans, with only part-time employment.

That's from, "The Great Silence: Our Gilded Age and Theirs," by Steve Fraser. "Tomgram: Steve Fraser, The Two Gilded Ages." TomDispatch.com. April 22, 2008.

Oh, it's coming. The plutocrats have been playing with fire, and they're starting to get burned. They put themselves in charge and have driven the planet to Hell. This will all dawn on the people. They're slow to allow themselves to believe that so little has changed. They were lulled to sleep, into a hypnotic trance, called modernity, only the same spirit has been ruling all along since the very first serpent tempted people to fall to selfishness.

That's what the Garden of Eden story is about. It's a parable to reveal truisms. The moral of the story is, don't give into the lies of unbridled lust. They lead to excess and selfishness and greed, violence, and all the other forms of depravity that only come back to bite and make sick.

Now, capitalism is selfishness. It leads to unbridled greed. It leads to violence and other forms of depravity, including of course, sexual. There are individuals who can engage in capitalism who can ward off some forms of depravity. There is, however, no one who can be a capitalist and ward off all forms of depravity (harmfulness).

Of course, as I written many, many times, coercion is evil regardless of whether practiced by capitalists or their enemies. It is a form of depravity. It is harmful.

Only the real message and exemplary life of Jesus is harmless in the end.

"...would anyone today describe "mankind crucified on a cross of gold" as William Jennings Bryan once did, or let loose against "Mammon worship," condemn aristocratic "parasites," or excommunicate "vampire speculators" and the "devilfish" of Wall Street?" Absolutely someone would and has. Read this site. Of all the terms mentioned, the only one I think I haven't used is "devilfish."

Understand that the reason you don't know that people are saying these things against the greed of capitalists is because the corporatists, about whom you, Steve, have written, won't cover it. It's censorship by capitalism.

When what's right becomes popular, things will be set right.

As for Steve Fraser's article, it is worth reading. It is well written, very historically accurate, and condenses a great deal into one article. What he doesn't say is whether or not he believes that the people should rise up in violence. They should not. He also doesn't say whether the message of Jesus is right or not. It is right, but he doesn't say it.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.