We the Workers of the World
WALK OUT ON PROFIT
Sincerely Proposed, If Seemingly Preposterous
‘The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage.’
The empire of Profit has come round-the-world home—to “reduce,” colonize and impoverish every last working person on the planet. This means you.
It’s time to get real with the same intensity as Profit. Our human equality is outflanked by an economy whose core mechanism and values undermine law and democracy, big and small. The systemic motto has always been Profit At Any Cost. Now it qualifies also as an ecological cancer killing Earth.
Don’t know what to do? Do nothing, play the game, and what we call life (freedom) has little chance of survival—let alone of thriving, as it should—because Profit increasingly builds its advantages around and against the world’s human ideals.
We defeat ourselves each day in the very terms by which we work—in the fine print of Profit, which tells us there is no other choice.
My aim on this Labor Day 2011 is to ask you to realize and act on fact. We are not trapped.
The value of our daily work is what Profit must have. The place where we work is the central point of power to make change happen. Our power is always already in our hands. No one can take it away from us, unless we allow it.
WOOP (in 5000 words) proposes a sustained local and worldwide cooperative action to reclaim the value of our work, and for the creation of a work-based economy of equals.
Nothing to “believe in,” except that equality means treating others with the justice we expect. No one to harm or demonize: we simply stop living out a very mistaken idea that divorces daily work from well-being and freedom. And no laws to break, since cooperative sharing is not (yet) illegal.
A quick poll at the bottom here poses a key question. And I hope you’ll read through before you’re finally certain of your answer.
Find the act that reclaims the real power of your own work, help others to do so in that act, and working people win. On Earth there is no greater power than every person’s share of work—when we bring it together.
That is the soul of WOOP: informed, nonviolent, connected and courageously human workers walking out on Profit, and into a world of genuine equals—because of the integrity of each life’s daily work (pulling your weight in the world).
Beyond that burden—which is actually half or less of what you work now every day—each of us knows how to live our own happiness in a heritage of common freedom.
By freedom, I mean no more or less than doing what you want to do with most of each living day, doing no harm. By work, I mean tasks you might not do if life were a fully-free ride, without demands for survival and a sense of self-respect about pulling your weight. I feel sure you’d choose a work-week of 20 hours over the present 40-plus, if we could work it out. We can, but something’s in the way. Let’s go to the root of what profit means.
Please note—Profit is a practice, not a person. There is no reason to demonize, compel, or harm anybody. A Profiteer is addicted to Profit. An addiction is that which you cannot keep from doing, no matter how harmful, in spite of reason. Profit like addiction must always have more. Willfully unconscious to consequences, it cannot help but destroy.
As said, WOOP presents nothing to believe in, and nothing to tear down except one addictive illusion—that the work we each do, one day at a time, rightly makes us un-equals in the world economy.
If others’ deprivations must be part of your rewards for work, reconsider. If you think you’ll lose your motive to work hard, produce excellence and be creative when everybody has the same access to the stores, read on.
If you think your work is harder or “worth more” than what others contribute, and that you should get exclusive privileges and rewards for it, please observe that A) Nobody can work more than one day at a time; and, B) You chose your work. I feel sure that you don’t see yourself as a martyr for the world’s well-being, that you wouldn’t want to “obligate” anyone else into acts or situations against their will because of choices you made for yourself.
Here’s the essential WOOP challenge:
1) Act to recognize and prove the equal value of your and all others’ work; 2) Do your work well in half the compulsory time each week; and, 3) Instead of a paycheck (which now proves that you worked this week), take home an employer-certified card like the current ATM-type—which henceforth gives you equal access to anything in the store of worldwide production.
There’s no need for a nanny-state or “new world order” computer-chip in your skin. WOOP works with the standing local and macro-systems that we have—including the world’s best-ever chance to create real justice, The Constitution of the United States. We only need to change the engine’s core program, the reason and values by which we participate in every day of work.
Open stores! Yes, people will go crazy at first, for awhile.
Yet, what happens with almost every thing we acquire? We want it, work for it, get it, enjoy it, and then the glow and the thrill wear off—especially as we see others also having it.
Thanks to the sexy, power-soaked mirages of Profit’s public relations industry, it’s often too late in life when we realize that things don’t mean very much. People who wake up feel they have quit an addiction: I wanted, I got, I grew bored, and then I wanted more. That’s all Profit really has to offer—life as a rat turning Profit’s wheel, kept docile with rations, terror, bribe-sweets, and shiny objects.
Question: If living already makes it clear that the one real thing is how we cultivate and share ourselves—whether we live out the potentials of being human and free in our own ways—shouldn’t we be living those values now?
Would you go crazy with greed in a world of open stores after WOOP? Or is it just “other people” who’d spoil it for everybody?
A life is both unique and meaningful in the web of life because of its relationships with others. An equal day’s work enables them all to live in their million ways. Instead, we’ve been living and toiling under a myth that you produce your daily excellence only if you’re driven by competitive fear; in a competition whose goal is either unspeakable or unknown. No good hustler states his goal aloud, and no truly representative “leader” can be incapable of stating it, since the people they represent have said it first.
Work by the vast majority of people on Earth makes your life work every day, as yours does theirs. Why would most people suddenly let you down if their work brought them anything you can have?
We already prove our power with each day of work. Yet in return we receive less freedom, more poverty. If that is the (delusionary, backwards) case, is it not more realistic to expect real and better results from the actual power of working people’s acts together—where we are, with what we have and do?
What is more real (effective) than your work? Consider that, although constantly robbed, you still have your full value for leverage—tomorrow’s good day’s work.
Let’s take hold of a 10-year time frame. Ordinary planetary citizen-observer that I am, I have ironic confidence that WOOP will achieve its goal sooner than anything promised by world-class governments and global business, for our latest decades of dedication and sacrifice to Profitable Austerity, full-time terror, and war.
WOOP takes back the freedom your real work creates.
Take perspective from a fundamental fact about human work. Anthropological science reports that “primitive hunter-gatherers” spend perhaps 15-20 hours a week at the work of meeting existential needs for food, clothing and shelter. On that basis they do whatever they like for the other 12 hours a day (with a good 8 hours’ sleep besides).
Yet, we of the “advanced” world, surrounded by work-savers and conveniences, work three times as long per week in exchange for far less (and decreasing) free time.
Why? What citizen of an advanced free society or economy would choose such a change in life’s requirements?
Economics is the big word for our daily direct exchange of work and value, which should be making well-being and freedom more of an actuality for everyone. Something is in the way (doubling-and-more the time we “have to” work)—so much so that we work in the opposite direction.
Your work (a product, a service) is a value you create and deliver in exchange for things produced by the work of other people. The value of work is its real power (from your time, strength, skill and sweat) to accomplish and contribute something. With billions of others you make the world work, exchanging work for “value-ables” produced by everybody else.
Work is a formula: Something For Something. See you tomorrow. I do not have to like you, or be like you. You worked, I worked. Now we share an equal right to receive from the world and its “store” that we created. It’s one day at a time for everybody. No one can do their job without help from others.
Something For Something works as a formula because, fundamentally, we recognize the value of each other’s contribution to another successful planetary day.
Profit, on the other hand, is by definition Something For Nothing.
Consult your Oxford English Dictionary, the multi-volume work of impeccable etymology from which all other English lexicons derive.
What you find is that profit signifies value gained from an exchange that you in no way put into the exchange. Profit, by definition, signifies an unequal exchange of value.
You profit when you take more than you give. No mountain of expert economic theory changes this.
After all, value that you take beyond what you put in cannot come from nowhere. Behind every dollar of Profit is the other guy with a shrinking stack of dimes. Somehow, by hook and crook, Profit derives from somebody else’s work and value.
The earliest uses of profit in English speak to its injustice. Here’s one of the very first (O.E.D. 1466): “A private profit hurts and harms a common well-being.” The editors of the O.E.D. were not social activists, or imagining a quaint organic merry old England.
Profit has a cousin tangled in among its root-words—“advantage,” which of course is a relative term. Nothing from nothing. There can be no “advantage” to one side without a dis-advantage to someone else.
Advantage is part of the profit family because it tries to signify the real-world value of what somebody gains by this corruption of exchange.
With advantages come more profits. More profits, more advantages; and ever-on, more injustice, resentment and destruction, until most people have nothing and a few control everything.
Sound familiar? Are the strands of this delusionary web that holds us back becoming visible? Hang in there…
Where we are is only what Profit was long “designed” to accomplish and produce. Nature and human beings are inconsequent “externalities” to Profit’s formula.
This was precisely Profit’s original policy. It was nurtured in late-medieval Europe under the bad sign of Biblical Monogenesis: a sanctified grand delusion stating that only “we” (the insiders to Profit) matter, as the planetary Chosen of “God Himself.” Its means and ends were openly declared in documents sacred and secular as the rest of the still-unknown planet rolled into the view of a predatory Europe—which had gone bankrupt because of its Crusades. The one same murderous hustle goes round and round.
Discover for yourself the full original horrifying language that blessed the new gentleman-conquistadors in Francis Jennings’ The Invasion of America. The plan in their words was to force “perpetual slavery and profit” out of anything alive “discovered” outside the crazy loop.
From these roots—a delusion of “free unlimited natural wealth belonging to no creature that matters”—comes the spiraling destruction that so resembles addiction. (Like capitalism, it really got started when Europe took up American tobacco.) Chambers of Commerce and conventional historians erected monuments around a third word connected with the tangled roots of profit, speaking of its increasingly pathological centuries as progress.
Changing a healthy planet filled with independent peoples into a poisoned one with a disadvantaged majority in 500 years cannot be progress. But it certainly was by the Profit and Advantage of a few.
And from this, the Advantaged claim no inherited advantages?
No surprise that unequal, unfair exchange creates resentment. Profit corrupts and exploits the basic relationship in the midst of our real working lives.
Profit attacks the real equality of work when it assigns different top-to-bottom values for each kind of it. Thus, you may take from “the store” only according to the value that a self-interested somebody else assigned to your work, in the numbers on your paycheck.
Those numbers do not reflect the full value of the work done. They are cooked, by Profit’s interests “above” you on the pyramid, and cooked according to yet another preposterously-unsustainable principle: Give As Little And Take As Much As You Can Get Away With.
So, ironically—or rather, according to the illogic of Profit—the higher you go, the less real productive work gets done (as if only certain people are smart enough to make big decisions); and yet, the higher the number that measures your access to all that gets produced. The more people to whom you give nothing, the greater your own rewards. Again we arrive at a backwards description of work’s real world.
We know it has to collapse.
Lies and violence 24/7 make this only seem to work. Like the scam of a hustler who’s got your money, it has to “work” just one day at a time until you’re dead. As another money motto puts it: In every exchange, there’s a loser. If you’re wondering who that is, it’s you.
Are we really this asleep? This dead to the harmful nonsense at the central reason for our living?
As one “dynamic young entrepeneur” actually said in a business-news interview, “In an ideal world, you pay people nothing.” Do we get it yet, that these are the “values” of Profit? Look at the Profit addicts squatting on their trillions—collecting interest, making credit scarce and costly, and workers more desperate. Do we get it yet, that Profit (by its own business-periodical admission) is no longer interested in America’s future? That Profiteers have just about had it with the idea of paying wages at all?
Sure—It’s fundamental that workers with money to spend drive the demand that creates more jobs, more growth. And since when does an addict care about reality and consequences? In the first place, nothing in nature grows forever, not a star, not a cell. Unlimited growth is a 2-word way to say “cancer.” Second—Why pay people (and tarnish those record profits) when it’s so much easier to squeeze them down into an ideal abject servitude?
If one quarter’s Profit has 10 years of consequences, so what? It’s crazy-time again. For no investment in the world pays back more than education: the average is $14 out for every $1 in, a profit margin unheard-of in any other enterprise. And yet education (our most crucial investment) is precisely the last of Profit’s plans.
If Profit is such a rational proposition, why do we keep finding ourselves ass-backwards when we try to study it closely in the contexts of known facts and observable common realities? No wonder our heads spin with trying to figure out what’s happening to us. Economically, the most advantageous kind of worker to employ is in fact an educated one. And yet according to Profit’s own clear priorities, somehow education is suspect—perhaps as an investment uniquely unlikely to produce more Advantages for the Advantaged.
We look back, around and forward, we look here and there. And once we understand what Profit is (a delusion that drives injustice), the clues and pieces rush together toward a realization. The daily aim of our present arrangement and the goal of this “progress” is an ignorant, docile labor-force without memory or hope—captive, self-policing and asleep on an eternal wheel of production and consumption. To the benefit of an exclusive few.
People who live delusions and denials must either adjust to reality, or start forcing the world to resemble their delusions. The latter state is psychosis, meaning blind obsessive omni-destruction of self and surroundings. The addiction to Profit is now so intense that it’s devouring even its own functional basis (the Earth—our Earth— and educated workers with money and fruitful skills). We live the consequences, while Profit goes on with a feast and a danse-macabre deep in its fortified fantasy-casino.
Only one thing measures the mastery of an addiction. You stop doing it. Profit never will stop on its own. The point of power, the nonviolent solution is on our end, in our hands, right in front of us—Stop Participating. Stop feeding the addiction. Walk out on a specious “rational selfishness,” which has reigned instead as the tragically-crazy father of public progress—outstripping progress with a walking nightmare history of needless slave-toil and destruction.
Archimedes said, “Give me the right fulcrum-point on which to rest my lever, and I can move the world.” That point is our individual day’s work, and WOOP is the lever in our hands.
We who really work together are reality. Profit cannot survive without our work.
Right now, when the disadvantaged reach for resources beyond Profit’s false reductive value of their work, its combined advantages called Power act to stop them. So, as we consider WOOP action, let’s remember:
We have a standing system of law and order to back up the values we choose for our economic system. Law enforcement will also work after Profit to protect us (but in new ways, too) from the pathologically selfish and the irredeemably stupid.
Right now you cannot take from an ATM unless you have put value into it. After Profit, you won’t need an ATM. You’ll just go to the store with the card that proves you pulled your planetary weight at work this week (that’s all your paycheck certifies now, nothing more is necessary)—and meet your needs with your dignified good looks.
Respect the work of others as your own, and the world is yours, because it’s everybody’s. You and they produced it.
You can even still imagine that you’re better.
Maybe you think a world without Profit will make “everybody the same.” Does that mean You will no longer be You, if other people who work their best day enjoy equal rewards? What will happen to this You?
It might be that parts of this You would die off—dead habits, dead reasons for working every day—but isn’t the shed of what’s dead the secret of Nature’s own rebirth? Surely there’s a You that aches to live larger than your economics.
Can it be that without the ranked rewards rationed out by Profit, you’d have no cause to develop or distinguish yourself? Without those, no pride, no talents, no motive to work hard—no urge to create, no love or reason that calls you to do the dirty, dull or dangerous work?
Maybe you see no fit reward for what you do except special advantages, which other people (in your opinion) have not earned with their same day’s work.
Who promised that if you worked hard, others would be denied many things as part of your reward? Surely, you see the needless and odious injustice in such a proposition? Why, then, do we live according to it?
I assume you’re reading this in part because you want to understand your own real daily values more clearly. Confident in your values, you’re not afraid to hear about others. Please, then, articulate the criteria by which you form your opinion that others don’t deliver the same day’s work and value.
If you never have, or find that you really can’t, the criteria must be Profit’s.
It’s usually the advantaged who see, in the mirror, justice and/or a merit system working just fine (under them) in a legitimate republic. Plato (whose name in demotic Greek meant “Fatso”) wanted everybody trained for war, and trained to war as the measure of human virtue, while banishing the poets. The grotesquely pot-bellied Saint Thomas Aquinas described a chief pleasure of The Blessed to enjoy in his kind of Heaven: looking down into Hell.
If you find that you want to quit your work when there are no special rewards (beyond your own equal access to everything), quit.
Pull your weight with honor another way, where you really belong, as yourself and as part of something greater. That’s where it’s at for both real living and real respect. There always will be people who want the tough and crazy work.
WOOP is a way to live for new reasons, truly yours.
WOOP is a simple, long-planned, world-synchronized, sustained nonviolent action to A) demonstrate the power and value of our own and each other’s daily work, and B) make clearly visible the values of Profit that stand in the way of global human being.
Recognized or not, there are already millions of people who reject Profit’s consequences and work together to meet each other’s needs without profit or slavery of any kind. Real economies of barter, shared currencies of nonprofit exchange, third-party credit and direct credit clearing are just a few ongoing creations and methods. We already have what we need worldwide to walk out on the core-problem in our common human way. We are closer than Profit wants us to realize.
From websites and social media to local meetings and every familiar means of organizing, the first WOOP DAY and each to come would be long prepared-for and coordinated.
For example, let’s choose May 1st—beginning at the local moment around the world when every working person completes one-half of their normal work-day shift. We might choose 12:00 noon Greenwich Mean Time for the very first action, and then watch the wave of them happen in turn around the world.
OK—So what would a WOOP action do?
After a solid half-day of your best work, you walk out of your work-place, and lift both your arms out high. Then what?
Whatever you want to do, harming no one. What makes you feel happy and free.
“See you tomorrow!” And, you mean it—because, as you’ve clearly explained to your employer, you’re proud to pull your weight in the world, and proud to work hard earning your share of it. Most people already know they can do their job’s real work in half the hours. (Or, even less—according to workplace studies including anthropologist David Graeber’s 2018 Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, which you can explore with the program linked here.)
This is not a strike. We’re never coming back to the work-place of Profit.
What if I’m the only one? What if I just get fired? How would I survive on a cut to half my present wages, if that’s how “Boss” responded? They’d cancel my health-care, too!
Such would be Profit’s first demonstration of its values.
In all these cases, you’d have the cooperative support of other people through this action—friends working for the same goal, helpers and professionals of all kinds. People will survive far longer than Profit can, once WOOP truly begins to starve out its addiction to our work.
Between the cracks of Profit we already see the working rudiments, from worker-owned businesses to food co-ops and health care. Unlike the “progress” that has ruled for 500 years, WOOP has a clear unifying goal and a recognizable end.
Think of the cooperation and sacrifice we have laid on the mystical altar of Progress By Profit. If Profit never has never aloud defined the goal by which alone we can measure Progress, do you think it can, wants to, or will?
Imagine what that much courage could do in a cause that is openly clear, realistic and honorable. We help each other already, and more every day without “business.” Probably half the true world economy now is off the books. (Like the wars.) If you know your long-term goal, you keep each problem in perspective.
Let’s use a question to see what might happen and what resources we’d have:
If everybody clearly knew WOOP’s values, purposes and goals, how many people out of 10 at your work-place would participate?
If you’ve explored this far, it might be safe to assume that there’s you and one other person. 2 out of 10 doesn’t sound like much impact. Wouldn’t Profit swat them like flies?
It would try, except that 2 of every 10 workers on the planet are equal to the value of 20 percent of a day’s world economy. Repeat around the world for even 3 of 5 business days.
Do you think Profit would notice a drop like that?
I suggest that its effect would shake the planet—some with fear and outrage, and the many with the staggering realization that our labor actually runs the world.
The next great circle of time-shifts among all the planet’s working people brings about another WOOP. Maybe this time, it’s 3 people out of every 10. Respect for real courage goes a long way.
Perhaps the terror-tactic of wholesale firings has begun. But now, Profit has to get 30-percent more out of each remaining worker to protect those margins. If they don’t measure up, they too get fired and cut loose. Business knows that replacement-workers measure up even less often.
Yesterday’s rulers have nowhere to go but more Profiteering, more compulsion, more work, more fear, more force. Because that always was Profit’s response against anybody outside the colonial walls—which now confront and threaten to close around the planet.
Instead and forever, we are walking out from the midst of those walls. They work toward a fascist fantasy of closing everybody in. Yet, we control the gate. The doorway to real living is our work. We walk in to pull our weight, and out to live our lives.
“Look, Boss, I do not produce my daily excellence because I’m competing with China. Competing for what, an empire of control in the refrigerator market? Boss, WOOP is also about your working less and your share of everything we make.”
A servant’s life and a Profit’s rationed pittance—or the world?
As WOOP days go on, the people still too frightened to share in it are not only working more and harder. They see that fired or penalized WOOP participants are not just surviving, but living different lives.
Some WOOP participants might succeed in arranging their new 4-5 hours a day of first-rate work. For WOOP’s duration they’d be more enabled to help its goals come true. Some might cunningly enjoy a picnic and, in all their degenerate fascist communism, play volleyball outside the work-plant’s windows. There’s food and music and a market of planetary skills and values going on.
Maybe 1 more worker eventually walks out.
Soon it’s 4 of every 10 workers. Almost half. And thanks to Profit’s own irrationality, the replacement-workers were already living lives more crushed than the regular trained workers. Replacements work for desperate money where their hearts and their best never are.
The world machine and its profits down-spike in every register. The Profit-addicts are getting more than restless. Back to work! (Heard that lately?) And what can a Profiteer do? Call out the police and the army, so that citizens keep working on the old terms at bayonet-point?
Will they set up road-blocks so participating doctors can’t see people who are ill? Interdict every sharing of some work or a hot meal? On the basis of what law? No Sharing?
Sooner than later, Profit wants to bargain. WOOP replies that Profit is over, and that every working person is welcome to the feast.
See you at work tomorrow?
There’s no political argument like a festival. Joy. Freedom based in our honest cooperative work.
Profit begins a campaign against WOOP as an action by sex-crazed terrorist-communists with unspeakable consequences for property and the children.
The world regime that “fights terror” with criminal armies unleashes new divisions of divisive spin-doctors. Every kind of slur, provocative agent, and fear about the loss of “our values and way of life” gets deployed—to defend the Haves against the Have-Nots, Who Now Realize They Can Have Anything By Equal Work.
WOOP is simply the normal daily display of a working person’s responsible freedom. Profit is a vampire that withers in sunshine. It has nowhere honorable or desirable to go. The more Profit and capitalism deploy and display their true character, the more people walk out and join in the feast of life.
They know how to work with honor and they prove it cooperatively every day. But work isn’t everything, any more than Profit ever was.
As people said one morning in that iron-clad, inevitable, best-of-all-possible-worlds dreadnaught, the U.S.S.R.:
“Sorry, Boss, it’s over, and we’re not going to die. We’re going to live, all of us.”
This time we know where we’re going.
If we can mount decades of useless world war for so little that can’t be done by wiser means, we can do this and arrive at someplace real, because work is real.
Groups of workers displaced by Profit tool up factories and services old and new, each person signing up for a kind of work they like. People with existing skills earn their weekly “access card” for awhile by teaching displaced people a new desired part in the economy. WOOP participants who once issued paychecks handle the cards, and their negotiability grows with every work-place linked into the action.
People displaced by a world without Profit, those whose sole work was to generate, track and promote it, also find new ways to pull their weight. Bankers, credit card companies and more—yes, WOOP means a great deal of displacement. But look at the world and see how many truly useful tasks need to get done. Displacement that leads to a more desirable life is far better than the dead-end kind so glibly handed out to millions of people now under Profit.
There’s no need for a sudden 50-percent loss of crucial services. As law enforcement and fire departments and schools begin to take part in WOOP actions, there will be more demand for new people to learn and take on those roles in shorter shifts.
Health care shortage? Half of the patients now in offices, hospitals and facilities do not need to be there. They are there out of learned or concocted dependencies that feed untold trillions into Profit.
The world is full of people who’d work like slaves to become genuine doctors and health care workers. Do you think there’s a reason why “the best economic system ever in the world” maintains a worldwide shortage of staff, medicines and treatments, while millions die? Nothing profits (or kills) like artificial scarcity.
WOOP’s goal is the opposite: real plenitude.
Nothing would really change, except the reason for being alive each day. You’d have, in the now, what Profit can and will only promise till it’s too late for you to protest that you’ve been defrauded.
You compete with cheap labor by becoming cheaper labor. Till now, social and labor movements have bargained with Profit and keep on losing. For Profit laughs in the face of protests and strikes, marches and movements that never address the core problem. Advantage always finds a way around reform.
WOOP is not reform, but a permanent walk-out. We walk out on that name consumer bestowed by Profit’s public relations, and walk forward as real world citizens. We who work are the power to say, So will it be. We need to walk.
A few best doubts, and a closing grateful for your thoughtful time.
This work derives from long observation, from 5 years of trying to put it into words, and from every possible wide-open dialogue I could instigate with anybody on a WOOP mechanism of change. I hope that along the way I’ve spoken to reasons to be dubious of WOOP. Perhaps there are many or fatal problems invisible to my own share of human blind-spots, and I welcome your assistance. (Progress means some fool stuck their neck out.) For example:
“If mortgages and all kinds of debts from owning things no longer existed—if the only debt we’d each owe is a solid day’s work—how could I change my life out of this present slum-apartment and dead job to someplace desirable, without new injustice toward anyone?”
I only know that the world after WOOP won’t manifest overnight. That humans are endlessly creative negotiators and builders. And, that a new economy truly based on filling human needs would at least be working in that direction—instead of Profit’s. The difference is key to getting there.
A few more possible problems:
“As you said, Advantage always finds a way around reform. Some people will still control everything.”
How, precisely, when they no longer control the people who produce? And to what end? Having more than full access to the world? WOOP is certain to expose and confront many kinds of illegitimate power.
WOOP actions shower daylight on the corruptions of our equality great and small. Like schoolyard bullies outflanked and faced down at last, most tyrants fold, their cruelty and fake powers suddenly useless.
“Too many people now avoid real work (pulling their weight) quite successfully. They’d never answer as to whether or not they worked. Too many would still find ways to cheat.”
I don’t believe that a WOOP world would want such people punished, excluded or mistreated in any way. There will always be some such people—exceptions, not the norms. But how does it feel when you come to the feast and know that everybody knows you brought nothing to it? How many people never earned their cynicism, never gave themselves or others an action’s chance to discover differently?
A world after WOOP is not utopia. Compared with Profit-servitude, it will only seem that way.
Lastly, something about the image (doubled) at the start.
It’s a small statue from the first days of Egypt before there were Pharaohs. From a time when culture and religion were in love with nature, and the highest social value was harmony. That world gave us the word ecstacy: it means standing “beyond yourself,” face to face with the cosmos or the living and meaningful universe. Eternity now in wheels of seasons and circles of generations without end.
The Garden (or if you prefer, The Kingdom of The Lord) is remembering that we are in it.
That gesture we still see at a moment of triumph, in stadiums too when thousands do “the wave”—a human being proudly lifts their arms in a kind of cosmic hail. WOOP is a wave of workers’ power reveling round the world.
Think of how many aspects of human being it expresses: celebration of being alive, bold strength, inter-acknowledgment, prayer, appeal, fulfillment, gratitude, embrace, affirmation, exhilarated joy. In fact this form and gesture also relates to human families across real time, from ancestors to children—and, to rebirth and resurrection.
Profit never intended to facilitate those things. Whatever its claim, all around its trickle-down mixed results, Profit has worked against them in favor of itself.
That reveling figure, the spirit in the body rising, goes well with a Woop! aloud. For the capital enemy of Profit is true satisfaction.
This I’d make the basis for WOOP’s sign of worldwide solidarity. From a human past to a present and future worthy of our ancestors’ vision, courage, sacrifice, and luminous joy.
“Keep your face in the crooked feed-trough.” “Keep Working, Keep Paying, and Keep Quiet.” “Play the game,” winks Profit, “and you’ll be alright.” Profit, Advantage and Power fool us every day, till they walk away laughing from another sucker’s grave. Nothing is more sure than our own and the planet’s turn unless we act, all together now, for change.
What I most believe is that You believe in the value of your life. That you have the hands-on power you say you cannot find. And, that a life beyond Profit is our best individual chance to show the world what we’ve really got inside. You and I are the cutting edges of evolution—of Nature’s Imagination. What do we do with that?
It’s in your working hands. Only you, each day, can surrender your value.
Play the game, and you end up playing games.
One thing you can say for Profit—It means business. Profit is deadly serious.
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