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  •  Consumer capitalism has been (4+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, kyril, elwior, NY brit expat

    a device to mollify the plebes, who'd get restless otherwise. It would take far less effort to get rid of Capitalism and just go straight to serfdom and slavery. Then all the hassle is taken out of life.

    I always remember what I read about Peru's conquistadores in The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie

    In a sense, New World conquest was about men seeking a way around one of life's basic rules–that human beings have to work for a living, just like the rest of the animal world.

    In Peru, as elsewhere in the Americas, Spaniards were not looking for fertile land that they could farm, they were looking for the cessation of their own need to perform manual labor.

    To do so, they needed to find large enough groups of people they could force to carry out all the laborious tasks necessary to provide them with the essentials of life: food, shelter, clothing, and ideally, liquid wealth.

    Conquest, then, had little to do with adventure, but rather had everything to do with groups of men willing to do just about anything in order to avoid working for a living. Stripped down to its barest bones, the conquest of Peru was all about finding a comfortable retirement.


    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:00:30 PM PST

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