July 24, 2012
“We run heedlessly into the abyss after putting something in front of us to stop us from seeing it.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées
The consciousless functionary guided by expediency is the very image of the regulatory and banking bureaucrat of today, from Tim Geithner to Gary Gensler to Ben Bernanke, and further, almost every member of the governments of the Western World. Expedient amorality is de rigeur these days among the entitled class of power brokers who serve the system, which in their minds is themselves as a privileged, ruling class.
And it is that very dryness of human empathy, the lack of vigor in moral conviction, the willingness to accept great crimes and injustices as the unfortunate but “necessary outcomes” required by The System, that makes all the difference between a Franklin D. Roosevelt and a Barack H. Obama, between a living human being and a whited sepulchre full of dead men’s bones.
After a time it becomes so easy to day, ‘I am sorry madam, but the system requires that your child must die.’ And so the ceremony of innocence is drowned.
This is not capitalism. Capitalism does not demand that we destroy human lives for the sake of maximizing profits without reference to the public which it is intended to serve, using any and all means which that end justifies. The Market is not an end to itself. The Market is not God. This is beyond capitalism. This is tyranny.