Some Remarks on Capitalism

Capitalism is, in everyday discussion synonymous with the so called political ‘right’. This has been an unfortunate burden for any political force on the ‘right’ that has attempted to represent a truly national outlook.

For precisely this reason, National Action has attempted to present itself as both nationalist and socialist- the two are interchangeable and compatible in our weltanschuung –  as a means of differentiating ourselves from the rest of the political spectrum; both right and left.

But this begs the question: why are we so virulently opposed to capitalism and all its various appendages, globalism, the free movement of labour and capital, etc?

After all, aren’t there more pressing matters at hand? The demographic disaster engulfing us this very moment, the atomisation of our society, the daily realities of crime, degeneracy and emptiness that many feel on a daily basis, all come to mind.

These individually are issues that must be addressed, however no adequate analysis can be garnered without first observing what the causes are of these various social pathologies. What is found when one prods beneath the surface of an issue is that the culprit – the catalyst for these pathogens in our national body is the capitalist system.

Lets be quite clear about what capitalism is. Capitalism has come about through an economic system in which the means of production are owned privately and run for a profit. That seems fair, haven’t things always been run on that basis?

However, it has not always been this way and to suggest that capitalism is the most efficient or socially beneficial way of running a society is fallacious.

The immigration scandal best illustrates what happens when the needs of capital are placed as the prime motor for economic activity. Because without the implementation of free-market dogmatism – the idea that the free movement of capital AND labour is a good thing.

Think about it, the two biggest reasons given when politicians are asked: “why is immigration a good thing?”

The first response will be to play to this farcical notion that diversity is somehow a good thing and it enriches our lives with all the culinary delights it brings (it might be appropriate to mention that we now have the recipe for curry). The second will be to point out the economic benefits of immigration – an even bigger farce. The politician will point out that migrants do the jobs that British workers are too lazy to do, that migrants are on the whole enterprising and thrifty; that they create more jobs and generate more tax revenue than they steal.

This is superficially a strong position, we all know Ali down the street working long hours in this corner shop or Abdul with his takeaway business. It is often said that Poles work long hours and live in overcrowded accommodation, merely seeking to better themselves in a more prosperous country than their own.

But lets think about it for a second; why do British workers, with children to feed and homes to keep not want to work as cleaners and cabbage-pickers? Because the wages are not enough to live on – they simply cannot compete. Why is it that British workers are not found in what remains of our manufacturing industries? Why are so many of the unskilled or semi-skilled workers in these industries comprised of Eastern Europeans?

Because the British worker simply cannot compete with a people more inclined towards living in impoverished circumstances, who come here in the best health and ready to take whatever indignities life here might throw at them. Remember, the minimum wage is in comparison to the going rate in these countries, highly competitive. This is in sharp comparison to the reality of living on minimum wage for a British household – where life is often reduced to scrimping and saving merely to keep the electric meter running.

There is also this contradiction in the official narrative, that is: the immigrants come here and work so hard and contribute so much, yet at the same time, and this is something that any Sociology student will know, certain ethnic minorities have a disproportionately high rate of unemployment and ‘economic inactivity’. According to the 2001 Census, around 15% of white British men aged 25 and over did not work, but at the same time the equivalent proportions for Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Black Africans and Black Caribbeans were between 30-40%. That is more than double the rate for the indigenous male population – considering that the majority of these ethnic minorities would only have roots stretching back 50 years or less, what exactly have the benefits of immigration been for us?

Even more shocking, from the same source: the number of white British females who did not work was around 30%, yet for Black Africans it was around 50% and for the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community it was 80%. These statistics make any claim that these people are innately more driven to work and success than our own people – the people who made this country the one which millions want to flock to – tantamount to an absurdity.

It is vital here to bring in some anecdotal evidence to testify to the hardships endured by the so-called lazy British people. I’m a student, but I’ve been fortunate to have my horizons broadened by working alongside my studies. I work in a supermarket. They pay minimum wage to all the retail assistants, the supervisors only get a few pence more on the hourly rate, and the store manager isn’t paid a great deal either. The role is naturally quite demanding: juggling the concerns of agitated shoppers, keeping the store tidy and ensuring the shelves are well stocked and appear presentable and is only exacerbated by the business model demanding a minimum number of staff are present at any given time. This means staff are always kept very busy.

They perform their tasks diligently, on the whole, and exemplify the sort of work ethic that millions of other Britons have. They are certainly not lazy people. The store does well, there is no need for the supposedly harder working foreign worker to come and intervene. Yet, despite many of my colleagues working long hours and doing proper work, they are not in the adequate financial situation to be able to provide for their families without government support. Everyone under 30 who works with us lives, either with their parents or with several friends – no chance of getting on the property ladder for them.

The point is, our people are literally living on the breadline. They are emasculated and rely on the state despite many of them working in the private sector. The private sector has in some respects become a vampire, as exploitative bosses use it to bolster their employees pay packets every month. Is this really the best we can do?

What has this got to do with capitalism itself? It might be asked. Surely the exploitative bosses are only a minority? No, they are not.

Exploitation is at the heart of success within a capitalist free-market, a business either perpetually expands regardless of the cost to labour or mother nature, or it fails. The essence of capitalism is that of exploitation.

It would be disingenuous to suggest that we feel no malice towards those who have come to this country seeking personal gain, at our expense. But our real anger lies with those who let them come in the first place. To drive down our wages and living standards; to maximise their own profits. These people – the capitalists – those who sell their kith and kin down the river for the right price are the lowest moral reprobates imaginable.

It must be understood fully that even without the reserve army of labour that is massed on the borders on Europe, the exploitation would not stop. We would not be living in a white paradise. The actively exploited would not be hapless immigrants with no chance of defending themselves from these vultures, but would be our own people.

Our lot would be far worse than it is now. Welfare gone. NHS scrapped. Pensions capped. Our people left to erode away against the grind of inflation. As long as there is a profit to be made the capitalists would be there to exploit it, whatever the cost.

For these reasons and more National Action stands resolute in its opposition to the capitalist system and the process of globalisation. We want a world of free people, not free markets. We fight for a Britain that is nationalist and socialist, we fight for a revolution that is political and social. We wish to see the remaking of the world in the image of a society that cares about its most vulnerable and provides a just redistribution of common wealth.

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