Dedicted to the Genius of Louis Wain (1860-1939)
Karl Marx was a genius – as was British artist Louis Wain in my opinion. Marx observed that modern capitalism takes the collective psychology and physical culture of humanity and smashes it to pieces to unnaturally generate the ‘individualism’ and ‘isolationalism’ through which capitalism operates. Whilst capitalism attempts to create a pseudo-reality that justifies its individualistic existence whilst being at odds with the collective, evolutionary history of humanity, Marx stated that whereas collective human society used cooperation and mutual support as a means to direct human endeavour, the currency of capitalism is that of ‘aggression’ assumed between each person, whereby each individual is assumed to be a ‘competitor’, an economic ‘enemy’ that is either a threat to be removed, or a target to be thoroughly exploited in every possible and conceivable manner.
My argument is that the destructive and unnatural ideology of capitalism does not stop (as if by magic) at the boundary of the physical being subject to its dictates, but is ‘internalised’ inside the body and body of those who are subjected to its destructiveness – like radiation that destroys the cohesives forces between chromosomes in a victim of radioactive poisoning (such as in the case of the hundrds of thousands of victims of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the thousands of Soviet technicians who bravely fought the leak at Chernobyl in 1986, or the lesser know but equally disturbing case of Japanese techician Hisashi Ouchi in 1987). This is because the human mind ‘reflects’ internally the conditions of the environment the human body is forced to exist within.
Psychological dysfunction is often the result of the contradictions inherent within capitalist society. Although viewed by a medical fraternity geared to serve (and justify) the capitalist system as an ‘aberration’ or departure from the norm, is actually an inner, rational response to the capitalist demand that outer society should be profoudly ‘fragmented’ into a thousand competing pieces of disconnected, profit-seeking and profit-making entities, which are driven and motivated by the forces of blatant greed and accumulating violence. As certain mental illnesses ‘expose’ the inner disasters of the reality of existential capitalist forces, they are declared ‘dysfunctions’ and those suffering from them are locked away from mainstream society – just incase their inner rebellions spreads and interfers with the profit-making processes, and threatens the hegemony of the establishments and institutes that have accrued and acquired permanent political power as a consequence of this habitual unnaturalness.
I suspect that many of the people the capitalist system condemns to the dustbin of history, are in fact amongst the greatest and most sensitive of human-beings who are honest and able to reflect the horror of the capitalist system in an unadulterated form where they remain ‘pure’ and ‘unsullied’ by this hideous invention of the lowest aspect of human ingenuity. Although chained to walls, routinely beaten, raped, pissed and defecated upon, stripped naked, and forced to live in all kinds of delapidated situations! The powers that be have committed all kinds of crimes against such people in an attempt to wipe-out all criticism of the capitalist system. Lethal injections, shooting and gas chambers have been just some of the methods. From 2010-2019, the Tory-LibDems ‘Austerity’ cuts followed on from 12 years of ‘New’ Labour persecution aimed at the disabled. Indeed, the UN in 2016 found the Tories and LibDems Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity for the deaths of between 120,000-130,000 vulnerable people in the UK – a shocking finding that now equates the UK with Nazi Germany – and which is treated by the mainstrean media as ‘leftwing propaganda’.
Whereas many people check the external, fragmentation process at the point of contact, and are able to develop corresponding inner strictures of mediating greed and indifference to suffering, other, more gentle souls are not able to interact or react in this manner and the interior of their minds are fully, immediately and totally subsumed by the pure capitalist system. The full power of fragmentation rushes into the interior of their mind and nothing is ever the same again. Capitalist ideology becomes naked psychological and emotional conditioning, generating behavioural patterns that mediate with the external world in an entirely new, narrow, and unfamiliar fashion. This capitalist ideology reflected back upon itself, free of the falsifying ideology that it is ‘natural’, ‘good’ and the ‘only’ economic system through which humanity can interact. Those who suffer from a fragmented personality often express to the rest of us the true ‘horror’ of the capitalist world we inhabit and perpetuate. As a rule, mainstream society ruthlessly punishes these great people for the insight that the capitalist system has enforced upon them. This is like the situation of a homeless person who reminds us that capitalism ‘takes away’ homes… HG Wells asked Ramsey MacDonald – the Labour Leader – if he would help move Louis Wain out of ‘Bedlum’ in London to a more sedate and safer place where he could paint his cats without being assaulted by staff or other inmates. The staff tried to stop him painting by treading on his fingers – but no matter what they did to this great man – he continued to paint his cats (and expose the corruptness of capitalism)… Was he not a Great Revolutionary in his own right?