The so called “american dream” is just an illusion created by the capitalist system, a deceiving dream that invades the minds of the working class, thus, making them to believe that they will ever afford that imaginary life if they will work harder and harder (for capitalist class).
Often I hear people to say “they”, “resist”, “fuck the system” or something like this, but anyway never saying a word about “the status quo”, i.e that this is all about capitalist system. I agree about most of the aspects the picture depicts, but without a socialist understanding of the current society I see these kinds of pictures almost useless. Capitalism is a class divided system, a minority class (capitalists) and the majority – working class. It is not about “they”, it is about how capitalism works. Since it is based on the competition for profit, it penetrates every aspect of our life by creating all kinds of illusions about how your like should be, but you’ll never (unless you are lucky) afford that life, and what you feel is something in capitalism is used to say “you are not successful in this life”, but this is a rule of the system – the majority of the population represent the working class, which is a dispossessed and exploited by the capitalist class. If we really want to change something, we must start building a society where such things don’t exist, where we don’t live a life full of illusions. The only alternative is socialism.
It is strange to see that there are a lot of people struggling against racism and discrimination, but at the same time they promote nationalism, which is the root of the both. There is no such thing as moderate nationalism, it is an illusion. Nationalism is an ideology of division of people, an ideology that makes you believe that you somehow differ from others, and you must protect yourself form others, that the culture has something to do with nationalism. Nationalism is used by capitalism to divide workers in national states and control them. You can see the result of this. It is depressing to see such absurdity in the modern society where some people are celebrating that they have the illusion that they will enter in the “club” (EU club), but others fight in the streets for the same reason. Where is the morality regarding this “club”? Why we can’t just unite and live in a free world without borders and countries, in a world where there there is no parasitic class gaining the wealth by exploiting other class? Why we can’t live a society where there is common ownership, where every man, woman, and child have free access to goods, and where is no such absurd competition (between individuals and states) like in the society we live now – capitalism.
When I tell people that in USSR never existed socialism I am waiting that in the virtue of rationality, they will ask “If USSR wasn’t socialism, than what is socialism?”. But this almost never happen. It is sad, people in capitalism are so much indoctrinated and distracted with this idea, that for them is it hard to make a psychological disconnection between USSR, Stalin, Gulags, dictatorship etc., and the word socialism, even if I explain to them what is socialism. In every school, every media and institution in capitalism people are trained to make this absurd association, because it it is important to keep people in ignorance and deception, and to create the illusion that capitalism is the best thing which can exist. The true is that socialism was never tried, nowhere. USSR was a state capitalist country founded by Lenin and Stalin, by distorting Marx and socialist ideas, using dictatorship and propaganda. USSR remained a state capitalist until its end. USSR, China, Cuba is Leninism (thus, state capitalism), but have nothing to do with socialism. State ownership is not socialism, even more, state is not socialism. What is socialism? Look here: http://www.worldsocialism.org/articles/what_is_socialism.php