METAPHYSICS AND PHYSICS OF CAPITALISM
"What I relate is the history
of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently:
the advent of nihilism."
" . . . Thus, it
is a political axiom that power follows property. But it is now a historical fact that the
means of production are fast becoming the monopolistic property of Big Business and Big
scheme of values in fact transformed five of the seven deadly sins of Christianity --
pride, envy, greed, avarice, and lust -- into positive social virtues, treating them as
necessary incentives to all economic enterprise; while the cardinal virtues . . . were
rejected as 'bad for business,' except in the degree that they made the working class more
docile and more amenable to cold-blooded exploitation."
" . . . Fascism
can be combatted as capitalism alone, as the nakedest, most shameless, most oppressive,
and most treacherous form of capitalism."
" . . . [O]ur
comparative ignorance of the laws of society and history is due not only to the great
complexity of human affairs, but also to the very prejudice that there are no laws of
history -- a prejudice suspect of being allied to powerful social (or antisocial)
interests that are vitally interested in preventing deep insights into the social
pour cause! People who
are able to take the social mechanism apart in theory may wish to change it in practice,
and -- what is more dangerous for those who live on the persistence of fossil social forms
-- such men may even succeed in their attempt."
. . . [W]e can see clearly what is the nature of the slave and what is his capacity:
anybody who by his nature is not his own man, but another's, is by his nature a slave;
anybody who, being a man, is an article of property is another's man; an article of
property is an instrument intended for the purpose of action and separable from its