Produced by KRIKOS.
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Capitalism is the ideological equivalent of communism.
Like communism it promises freedom, dignity and equality of opportunity, but in essence, concentrates wealth and resources arbitrarily in the hands of few. And these resources are usually public, natural resources that have been turned into mechanisms of exploitation by the private sector.
Meanwhile, two centuries of capitalistic-criminality remains unaddressed, and today’s generations are responding by challenging the status quo through various movements, be it Black Lives Matter, immigration rights advocates, and other groups against Islamophobia.
But these initiatives are up against the political and economic power-house of “capitalism”, which is in essence, just a group of probably white men who are justifying their arbitrary ownership of public services, while stifling any chance at achieving a truly free market where merit, skill and quality are accessible.
The capitalist theory of free market, may actually not be attainable considering the need for government regulation.
Regardless, for a market to actually be free of artificial forces, there must be a distinction between public and private sectors, and there must be laws limiting the influence of corporate giants on the political process so as to balance it with popular will as well as national interest.
This requires a mixed-economic approach, which therein reveals the pseudo-philosophical basis of capitalism.
Capitalism is not an economic philosophy or attitude as suggested by its proponents but rather, it is an “ideology” of exclusivism, elitism and exploitation, which results in an apartheid style of government. It is not different from all other ideological schools that self-righteously claim to carry the banner of freedom and justice.
The world overcame the dogmas of capitalism and still struggles to do so, especially in the boundaries of eastern giants like China & Russia, and the Central Asian countries. Tianemen Square protests serve as a stark reminder of the suppression of individual rights by the state. The US and other Western countries pretend to act like they care, but if they really did, would their hands not be in the pockets of Chinese officials? American capitalism profits off Chinese Communism. That is because, correctly understood, the two ideologies resemble one another; a delusion of freedom mixed with an intrusive, corrupt, conglomerate of a state. This is true of most countries in the world exhibited high rates of government persecution, tyranny, extremism and authoritarianism; they corroborate to ensure slavery, obedience, and to prevent ACTUAL freedom for all individuals and collectives.
Capitalism will come to an end once Western officials are no longer afraid to dissassociate from it. The distinction must be made between freedom and justified thievery.
The challenge to capitalism has been long in the making. In today’s world, entities like Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other colonies of Western imperialism are the emblems of state-capitalism and corruption.
The American and European capitalist machines are under threat by popular movements and leftist doctrine. We must continue the fight against ignorance and collective passivity, and make it known that the American tradition of capitalist-fascism does not reflect our TOTAL culture, and that is largely responsible for domestic and international misery. Democracy is a means, not an end, in the word of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This means that we must challenge the idea that we are a democracy, and make MORE democratic demands that bring us closer to “justice” and further from a passive, collective position that is submissive to exploitation and ignorance.
The capitalists are afraid of genuine competition. They know that we are looking not for guarantees of wealth or success, but rather, guarantees at an opportunity to strive for that success. We don’t want money. We don’t want welfare. In fact, statistics show that the majority of welfare recipients are white-americans. Capitalists are a walking hypocrisy; they fear competition, so they prevent it, and claim to be the definition thereof. This is a genius tactic, but one that will fall prey to collective enlightenment and individual self-consciousness.
Speaking of knowledge of self, capitalism, and money…here’s the Official Music Video for Talib Kweli’s “Fuck The Money” featuring Cassper Nyovest:
Legendary Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli has long been hailed as Hip-Hop’s ambassador to the people. This album was made available to fans for free, which resonates with its anti-ignorance demeanor. As a hip-hop head myself and a critic of fundamentalistic capitalism, I have to say, I raise my hand with you, Mr. Kweli!
To purchase and download other free products from Talib’s extensive body of work, as well as to find products from his Javotti Media label-mates, like NIKO IS, Jessica Care-Moore, Cory Mo and K-Valentine, visit his website, KWELICLUB.com.
U buffoon I came from the moon
You envy what you can’t do
Ain’t you the same dude who changed through and through
I guess that’s what it makes you do
I see a change in you you see a change me,
Then we came to agree, never,
Much better, you just satan to me,
Making empty statements, blank checks and petty cases,
They searchin’ for any path just to getting famous,
But homie if you do the math then you wouldn’t last, cause frankly dog you lacking the basics,
I don’t dabble in hatred I laugh at the fakeness,
you get dodged like a jab in the matrix,
went from having to take shifts to rapping with greatest,
sitting with the cameraman my eyes on the actors and the stages,
different attractions for these factions and agents,
the wait is long you must practice some patience.
yeah i move like the light force of wind
when i come in in the room
I’m more like Muhammad Rasul upon ’em
the moment i knew i would begin
step in the scene let the story begin
I’m not thru with worry,cory bring me a forty
cause I’m too scared to drive, threats of being deported
imagine living life scared to drive, most y’all live scared to ride,
just drank a fifth of vodka dare me to try?
they be like danny why r u such an arrogant guy,
u always talk out loud about what where and why,
well truth is i don’t care about what is apparent to the eye,
so stop talking like my parents tell me what to cherish in life,
fuck your appearance, i don’t care if isn’t nice,
i could give two fucks and get thru security clearance,
cause my name isn’t Islamic but closer to Clarence,
Its fucked up, when whats under your skin is hidden in the dump truck,
you dumb fuck, stupid fortune call it dumb luck,
weapons of war i got em chained down with my nunchuck,
only two important questions, whose down and what’s up?
sit down and shut up, look around,
its KRIKOS giving you the run around.
PREMIER: KRIKOS – The Numbers (Official Music Video)
Directed by @Masood.Ahmed
LINK (also in BIO): http://bit.ly/1LQ6Qlp
LISTEN to the FULL ALBUM here: https://soundcloud.com/krikos88/sets/rise-of-the-eastern-son-1
For professional inquiries contact KRIKOSofficial@gmail.com
Lighting by @ChristianClimer
Painting by @YoustheJuice
Presented by @ColoursoftheCulture
Rise of the Eastern Son LP is available now:
Directed by Masood Ahmed.
@KRIKOS8 – publishing/production
@Masood.Ahmed – video director
@ChristianClimer – lighting
@YousTheJuice – painter
Presented by Colours of the Culture. For professional inquiries contact KRIKOSofficial@gmail.com.
A lot of has changed since we started this game,
used to reup from greg till bobby brought change,
zipped up never knew a half pound would bring us,
merry xmas, reigning presents from mount olympus,
me and my homies, jus conducting normal business,
aint worried bout the hoes cause all the sluts is seditious,
put they hands in places they not supposed to be cause they got sticky fingers,
get pushed back neighborhood hood rat,
got the good cap, from the homie ELI,
trips to tampa just to feed my ego enough,
head rushing up and down like a see saw,
on an airplane destination heaven yellin,
every story has an influence, leave somebody stuck till they ruins,
in the paint posting up like ewing,
federalis claim im dangerous human, they right,
puppets got us strung up i tell them boys to hang tight.
lil homie from the other side,
they been waiting for me long enough to keep me feeling right,
ever since i was younging i knew i could rhyme,
putting words together just like you and i,
remember when we used to cop just enough,
sitting back smoking up knowing the cops could rush,
at any minute, but honestly I couldn’t give a fuck,
A role model watch me throw both of my middle fingers up,
Staring at the tip jar Im still waiting for the bartender to fill the cup,
Pardon me, when I smoke, I can be a little blunt,
They been patiently waiting to watch a real kid stunt,
The devil is a cashier, waiting for him to ring me up,
With faisal picking basil out in India,
Assistant secretary first name Cynthia,
Picking her up when she got fired over from NPR,
for all her shortcomings like Glenn’s keytar.
I will be displaying my #BASTART collection at Loud Hookah Lounge tonight amidst an array of entertainment, including live music, drinks and of course, hookah.
Each piece will be available for purchase at $50 each.
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You can always e-mail me for direct inquiries at KRIKOSofficial@gmail.com.
See you there.
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In Part I of his interview with BBC broadcasted in 2009, prominent rapper & social icon Jay-Z expressed his views on many contentious issues gripping the politics of America & the international community today.
The photograph above is very significant to this blog entry. It is a picture of Kanye West & Jay-Z during their Watch The Throne tour throughout the US. The title of this blog, is the title of quite a meaningful song on the album: “We Made It in America”. The song laments on the grievances & legacies of the African-American people, as well as the African culture from which they were essentially kidnapped; & which continues be exploited today.
This is Part II of the interview, continued:
The song is inspiring. The message too. Not only does it expose the crimes of the US against its own people, it expresses the genius of the African people, in the realms of art, music & culture. Watch The Throne, was a political masterpiece. A magnum opus. All the words fit. I felt like I was LISTENING to Plato’s The Republic. It’s the soundtrack, if indeed The Republic were a movie.
Essentially the political undertones of Watch The Throne are echoing the socio-economic grievances of all disenfranchised, marginalized, gentrified & exploited minorities. The twisted sense of “individualism” in the Western culture justified the historic atrocity of the trans-atlantic slave-trade, which exists today in a more elusive form, such as police brutality, gentrification, disenfranchisement, mass incarceration, income inequality & unequal opportunities for minorities.
These grievances are echoed by intellectuals of the 19th & 20th century, mostly non-American. I’ve listed a few examples below.
George Orwell, famed writer of 1984 & Animal Farm, was a “democratic-socialist” who warned against capitalism & communism, arguing the two led to statism.
Albert Camus, an anarchist, was sympathetic to communism but stressed that collective apparatuses might lead to corruption and statism.
Any Rand, hailed by Conservatives, defines the epitome of the hypocritical dogma of anarchical-capitalism. A self-proclaimed anarchist, Rand proved she was not loyal to her own creed, as she relied thoroughly on state welfare & sponsorship from the state of Israel, inconsistent with her atheism as well as her free-market fundamentalism.
All these perspectives force the following questions to float around in my head:
Is socialism another power-grabber?
It seems like the US & Europe despise socialist entities.
Are we the devil or are they?
Who’s killing who?
While most fight for freedom for some, who fights for freedom for all?
So what is the evil? It seems that hyper-individualism mirrors the tyranny of hyper-collectivism, both of which result in the exploitation of minority classes.
Prominent African-American scholar Cornel West associates the suppression of Civil Rights with statism as well as capitalism. He argues that America is not a democracy, because it serves an elite class at the expense of the will of the people. Furthermore, West suggests that capitalism results in many of the imbalances in the economy that cause misery for the lower classes.
I would argue, like 20th century German economist Fredrick List, that every successful nation-state adopts mixed economics combining state intervention with free market flow, which suggests that democracy & capitalism alone cannot guarantee the protection of individual rights. In many ways, democracy has engrained & perpetuated the tradition of exclusivity in the West which deems minorities, including blacks, latinos, arabs, gays, muslims & atheists are second class citizens, with little access to mobility in the economic ladder.
Freedom, salvation & happiness are not products of capitalism, materialism or the intellectual dogma of hyper-collectivism.
Rather, these virtues are achieved through humility, hard-work & self-reliance and the rest follows. Meanwhile, the power-hungry aim to deprive man of these freedoms, through propaganda & excessive force. How well do democracy & capitalism alone ensure these virtues? Historically, they’ve done as much as communism to improve the living conditions of the lower classes.
In his recent acceptance speech at the BET Honors ceremony, Kanye West took time to reflect on issues that form the bedrock of the Hip-Hop culture. Here is a snippet:
Fundamentalists, be they religious or atheistic in essence wholly worship man-made ideologies that eventually collapse on themselves, such as the neoconservative model of hyper-capitalism exhibited by NATO countries or the police-like communism of the USSR.
The association between the American & European traditions of suppressing & exploiting foreign countries is based in their logic of exclusivity. That is why 1% of Americans own America, while the vast majority remains living check-to-check. That is why, while the institution of slavery ended some time ago, the US remains at the top of the list for highest incarceration rates in the world, with the highest prisoner count than any other in the world. Yet, Iran is the great satan. Syria is the great satan. Venezuela. We go to war for oil & that oil never trickles down to the poor. In fact, it is usually the taxpayer funding all of this, against his will for the most part.
It is times likes these when I begin to question the logic of ‘democracy.’ There isn’t even 1 single definition of democracy. It is a vague term that is thrown around. Most people think it means representative government. Some think it means majority wins. Others believe it means universal law. I would say one of the distinctive features are the electoral process & term limitations. Democracy, especially by the Right-Wing, is viewed as the protector & guaranteer of capitalism & free market competition. But in reality, it seems, like communism, only to concentrate wealth in the hands of an already established elite so as to convince the masses they are free, to sustain them for lack of self-sustenance & to thereby garner their support for all political/colonial initiatives. The free-market is not protected by democracy or capitalism, but rather, just as in communism, becomes held hostage to the ignorance of mass-minded forces of collectivism. The freedoms awarded to the elite are limited to the mass because of a fear of intimidation & competition. A lot of propaganda is aimed at trying to convince us (both capitalism & communism do this) that earth’s resources are scarce & need proper redistribution.
But “exclusivity is the new N word,” said the courageous Kanye West during his most latest interview with Zane Lowe, in reference to the culture of hubris & bigotry that has disenfranchised all minorities & expressionists from the conversation of social justice.