2021.12.04 17:23 heelsoverhead80 "I Refuse to Comply." Living Daily Life in Non-compliance Under Late Capitalism
THIS IS ABOUT: Late Capitalism, Corporate Tool to Surplus Labor, Voting For What? The Billionaires Who Read Barron's, Artificial Intelligence Human Resources, No More Drug Tests and Background Checks and Why Keep Living?
Welcome to life in the United States during it's dog days and years of god-awful Late Capitalism.
This substack is going to document my life while I live daily and against my will under a degraded, falling apart and destructive economic with it’s accompanied political system while I refuse to comply and try to not participate within it.
I won’t comply any longer because I can’t. Frankly, I’ve been in compliance with this dog shit, disgusting, failing Capitalist system for many years. I too, as many of us do who have to work for a living, have blood on my hands from the work I did under Capitalism. In some instances I destroy the lives of others as I did my job I as outlined.
I hated myself back then. In some ways I still do now.
I did my part within the collapsing U.S. economy and its social systems to prevent myself from being financially and reputationally destroyed because I feared the repercussions of non-compliance: homelessness, embarrassment, shame, sickness, and marginal living with no chance of a decent life and reintegration into our society.
I’m not a saint or brave. I’m just tired and disgusted.
For me, Late Capitalism is the time where the controllers of our society reveal themselves to be brutal. The Late Capitalist society is revealed to be controlled by monsters.
So, in the United States these monsters are our billionaire shareholders with their violently destructive monopoly-powered corporations that begin to openly show themselves to be in full control of THEIR government and THEIR justice system.
The monsters make it clear I have no voice or saying under their system. The pretense of a democracy, equality and justice for all are gone. It turned out we are not “All In It Together.” We workers are the ones who are left holding the economic bag full of shit and are being made to pay once again for another one of their economic collapses.
These are the monsters that own the two political parties we are allowed by them to have in the U.S. Therefore, they control the legislative, judicial and executive branches of governance. This is why to me it doesn’t matter any longer which one of the two political party is in power because the legislation, judicial and executive outcomes always in favor of these Wall Street monsters. They always win while we keep losing.
Even the once vaunted U.S. Middle Class has been annihilated by the billionaire monsters. The wealth of only four U.S. multi billionaires now exceed the once great wealth of multi million Middle Class members who believed in Capitalism as fair. This use to be my class but I’ve been pushed out.
I now called surplus labor. I serve no use and have no value today under Late Capitalism. A few years ago they paid me handsomely. How quickly you fall during Late Capitalism.
I remain unemployed either due to: 1) My stubbornness because I keep demanding a fair wage, reasonable working conditions and respect or 2) The American economy is ripping my body and mind apart because I’m no longer needed and, as a result, have no required business or social value as I continue to remain long-term U.S. unemployed.
In the United States, workers are designated “long-term unemployed” if you’ve gone without employment for six months or longer. The government no longer counts us, currently 8.4 million long-term unemployed, in the Bureau of Labor U.S. unemployed statistic, the one they and Wall Street publish.
Currently I sleep at a warming shelter in Loudoun County in Northern Virginia. My credit and bank account are shot, gone. I used both when I was a “good citizen” of the United States as I dutifully paid my monthly rent ($1700) and all bills through 2020 to Labor Day 2021. It was on this day, the day that celebrates the American Worker, that the billionaires thought it would be funny to destroy us, the uncounted unemployed. How did this happen you ask?
Well, it happened when the Biden Administration, all U.S. congressional members and all 50 U.S. state governors did the dirty work of the billionaire class and cut off the long-term workers one lifeline, the extended Pandemic unemployment insurance.
By the way, all of my political representatives are women: Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Rep Marilyn Strickland of Washington State (my last state I had a legal residence) and Governor Kathy Holchul of New York (the last state I worked in before this latest economic catastrophe).
Let’s just say our elected women who are “leaning in" did not return my calls or emails where I asked for help. The “kindness and empathy" of women in political power is a myth. Don’t believe it when a politician claims this. They, like any self-interest class of people, only care about and protect their class.
At least in Barron’s Magazine (the financial rag for Wall Street investors) one billionaire responded to my situation but more about that later. I got a one month free subscription from Barron’s (otherwise it’s content is behind a paywall where the poor are not allowed in) to see what the monsters who are killing us were saying about people like me, the long-term, now impoverished, unemployed.
The Barron’s billionaires said we long-term unemployed were stuffing our pittance of erratic unemployed and stimulus checks in our mattresses, or playing their stock market or opening our own businesses. I kid you not.
They also admitted they thought up the scheme of cutting off all worker aid and assistance to create a multi million army of desperate, compliant Americans who would beg to work for them for nothing.
However, they were shocked when millions of U.S. workers dropped out of their plantation/slave job marketplace. They were confused and kept asking “What happened to them?” or “Where are they?” I wrote in and said we unemployed workers are on an extended vacation in Costa Rico.
I’m tell you, in the time of Late Capitalism, millions of people receive a death sentence as the result of nonsense speculations of the billionaire class.
In Barron’s, the billionaire investor REALLY BELIEVE we unemployed American workers, lying on our satin sofas eating brie and water crackers, got wealthy on government pandemic aid. I countered this line with the REAL and embarrassingly paltry amount we actually received. They didn’t respond to the real numbers because the truth didn’t help to promote their lies.
This report prompted one billionaire to say to me I was disrespectful by blaming him and his fellow billionaire criminals of mismanagement and malfeasance for the economic collapse of an entire country. That billionaire assured me he would never hire me because of my “poor attitude.” I truthfully told him he was correct to not hire me because I would blow the whistle within minutes of hire on his financial misdeeds that I use to protected for people like him as a risk manager to billionaire owners.
Bluntly, I’m currently homeless with less than $30 in my bank account. The most valuable thing I have is my Mini Cooper (value about $8K) and my household possessions in storage in Los Angeles (value about $30k) currently seized by the storage owner due to non payment of a $2k storage rental bill. They will sell my household goods in four weeks.
I stopped paying my on my two credit cards with high balances as I immediately sank into dire poverty a couple of weeks after labor day. I no longer have the means by which to participate in the billionaires economy.
If I’m allowed no income, the I can’t by a Christmas tree or an electric car. You would think that they would want me to be able to easily get a decent job or have my rightfully earned unemployment insurance to help them keep their system of wealth extraction from us going, but I guess not.
Have I been looking for work? The answer is yes I have. I have been applying for jobs for over a year but in my field they’ve stopped hiring or there is so much competition for the jobs I keep losing out.
I’ve applied for over 100 jobs over the last 1.5 years which resulted in two interviews. One of the jobs disappeared to a budget shortfall the other I lost because my computer system is currently in storage.
I would say the biggest block to looking for working in the United States right now is that Silicon Valley tech and software companies control the employment marketplace. Their products are of poor quality. It’s like the sold thousands of software platforms at the Beta stage full of bugs and problems that I have to deal with..
Also the job application process, fully online now, full of redundancy where you apply through a job platform Indeed.com and then receive a company or corporation computer generated email telling you you have fill out the same information on your resume onto their platform or onto their pdf job application.
Even worst: no human is involved in the process unless Artificial intelligence software technology pass your application on as “acceptable.” HR personnel have either been fired or are enjoying not having to review resumes because they no longer do. There is no bypassing AI.
Also another outrageous part of applying to work in the United States is the new process of routine demands of employers from grocery stores, warehouses, offices and restaurants of drug tests and background checks. Again, this is a new demand.
Between artificial intelligence software reviewing and rejecting job applications, demands to see inside my body by employers, careless treatment by Human Resources human beings and the constant demand to be available for work 24/7…
This is were I’m unsure if I’m too stubborn when I say: “I won’t work for less than $X or “No, I do not consent to you testing my urine, blood or hair follicles.”
I just can’t do this anymore. I am not a thing. I’m a human being.
Am I being unreasonable or am I stand up for my rights as a human who use to be valued? Am I asking too much to be treated with dignity and respect? At this point, I’m unsure daily living under Late Capitalism is a galling insult.
Some days as I sit in my car at a park waiting for the warming shelter to open at 6:30 pm, I ask myself should I just end my life because I’m tired and I refuse to consent to living like a serf, servant or a slave (like my ancestors were forced to do years ago)?
When you live under Late Capitalism I think suicide is a reasonable option for some of us. Am I wrong?
Karen, a surplus laborer with no representation in government
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