Nice wallpaper, but just one question: why stop at corporate property when private property is problematic? Worker's private property is effectively impossible due to the historical development of the means of production mostly done by industrialization (e.g. division of labor that requires multiple workers, the nature and mode of operation of heavy machinery...). Furthermore, it is in the common interest for property to be common; workers that function as a single workforce produce much more in the same time as they would if they had been working on their own. The time that would have been spent on production, had they been working alone can instead be spent on their individual development and therefore the development of society as a whole.
Corporate property is a concept that deals with the abstract relation between some stockholders (shareholders, capitalists, etc.) and the things (machines, buildings, tools, etc.) needed for producing or distributing a commodity or service. This has been posible because, since ancient times, most of the people of the world have been alienated from their common lands, now almost totally privatized or nationalized. So the landless people have been working for others since (because of the need of renting or buying a place to live, buy/grow their food, etc.). Hence, corporate property arise from the disparity in the rate of accumulation of wealth, that subordinates poor people to the wealthiest people for their subsistence (and the luxurious subsistence of the wealthiest). The ones in the middle of this pyramid tends to deffend the wealthy because of the constant fear of becoming poor (and because of the sometimes-achieved-dream of becoming one of the wealthy ones). Thus corporate property is just a bureaucratic way of oppresion enforced by the State. To destroy it is to destroy the oppurtunistic way of living of the wealthy inherited from the expropiation of the common people from their common lands.
Therefore, to DESTROY CORPORATE PROPERTY is NOT about destroying creativity, individual/collective work nor brilliant ideas. It is NOT about destroying trade, production, distribution nor the material means for promoting comfort, prosperity and sustainability. Destroying corporate property is about empowering those who have been deprived of their power because of their constant fear of getting evicted from their homes. It is about of protecting individuals from an obviously ill tradition that is founded in robbery. It is about the (re)organization of society in a more efficient way. It is about promoting freedom for each and every indivual in society.
So, Nice job Scart! Your art did make us think and argue about it. (Forgive me of any orthographic or syntatic mistakes, because english isn't my first language).
Nothing wrong with communism, nothing particuarly wrong with capitalism either.
However destroying corporate property isn't really the best way of getting a point across. Bosses, employees, shareholders all rely on corporate property to make a living.
You're not really spreading equality, tolerance and a even playing field by destroying peoples corporate property/lifeline.
To be frank try building something, instead of destroying what others worked for.
If after attempting this you still find your oh so hated corporations have more than you then they obviously worked harder for what they have.
Study some business and corporate governance then you will understand why businesses aren't the bogeymen in the closet you make them out to be. Simply a group of people contributing to society and trying to make a living.
Have studied in depth, researched local and global impact, effects on culture and population, etc, hence the current view point.
The idea that they "have more cause they worked harder" is a naive first world view. Africans that work 20 hour days/7day weeks down diamond mines should by that logic be richer than anyone instead of barely being able to keep their babies from starving, which is the reality. I know cleaners & labourers that have worked their arses off for their entire lives in Australia and have died with very little, despite being honest, intelligent and hard working.
Capitalism is Greed & Exploitation at it's purest, calling it a system and placing the greediest and most exploitative at the top (which is who gets there) can really only be excused by others who are happy to do the same thing. Companies will cut wages and lay off employees, etc just to continue to show a profit for their "shareholders" (who have done NOTHING to build or maintain the company) so the idea that Employees and Shareholders are in the same boat isn't realistic.
My views are the result of many years of study, observation and REAL LIFE experience in various work forces/industries and discussion with others. I understand what you're saying but this isn't teenage angst mate, this comes from years of experience.
The number of countries and societies around the world that are currently starting to turn their backs on Capitalism as a failed experiment (Venezuela, most of Latin America, Nepal, Cypress) and the number of European countries that have elected more Socialist based Governments of late simply shows that the old methods of "Exploiter & Exploited" are no longer acceptable and more equal and sustainable communal based solutions are required. Capitalism is part of a transition (or modified extention) of Feudalism but is not an answer in it's self.
I love it! I'm a big fan of political art like this. By the way, I am a peace loving communist hippie, and its good to see that I am better the a capatalist pig (contrary to what the American government and society wants people to think).
I congratulate you on the bold statement, I try to make the same statements through my artwork.
I think the only thing I can say to the naysayer folks is that you don't realize how possible a better world is until you've had a taste of it. When you realize what people can accomplish by working together, you realize that the world we've built around a sense of insecurity and greed is really just a house of cards.
Corporations are not responsible for the progress of mankind. If it weren't for capitalism (or the forms of totalitarian, fascist communism we've seen so far, that are just capitalism on a larger, nation against nation scale) then progress wouldn't be determined by what is profitable. It could be determined by what benefits you and your family, humanity, and life. Unfortunately, capitalism exists, and the corporate monsters it has created are enslaving humanity and exploiting the natural world, in ways that will only guarantee death for those who aren't wealthy enough to survive.
When you smash the window of a Nike store, you damage Nike. When the entity you're fighting is a financial one, and you could never hope to stop the things it does with direct force (or face coming up against armies and police forces) you can still strike a blow. It's better than doing nothing.
I hear that even though small shops on huge chains like Mcdonalds or Pizza Hut are huge franchises, their individual stores are as weak and helpless as a small family buisiness, and most of them wont have an idea what to do if you just walk in and knock over a few things.
I think the general idea's true, but I think individual people or small groups destroying corporate property, chains like WalMart or Mcdonalds would gladly close 100's of stores if it meant stopping a union from being made. Id say organize and do it on a large scale might do more damage.
I actually would like to hear about how you feel you've prepared for the aftermath and what
has lead you to this. I also wouldn't call it defeatist.. I would call it effective. Just because
the chess game isn't going your way, isn't a reason to blow it up. Play and learn, then change...
Now, the million dollar question (again), what would be accomplished by the destruction?
What change would you like to see? What is the desired result? Would be interested in the answers...
only the young (usually taken care of by "corporate" parents) seem to have these rants...
what would be accomplished by destroying corporate property? You go for it and see what happens...
anarchy is only fun if you have nothing to lose... wait until you have a family of your own.. you'll play
the game too and before you know it.. you are as corporate as anyone.. buying gas, buying meat, buying
Go.. destroy.. better learn how to farm, build shelter, tend wounds, etc.
Hmmm, only the old and beaten down seem to say these sorts of defeatist things. I'd explain why I've come to the point I have, the different struggles I've watched, situations etc and why I think what I think but I got a feeling you can't really hera it so there's no point trying.
Go.. destroy.. better learn how to farm, build shelter, tend wounds, etc.
Waste of space, hey, you're the one investing your emotions in something and getting all upset because it confuses you and you don't understand it.
BTW, there are publicly owned teleco providors, at least here in Australia, built through taxes paid by the public whose main job is to provide SERVICES to that public, not just to make profits for rich sharegolders. Again, you seem to be stuck in this "if I'm a good little dog, companies will LET me have things". If you're not capable of thinking outside that then fine. Don't assume everyone else is as limited in their thinking as that.
Cheers for that mate. Peacefull protest, "protest/colour by numbers", "marching within the while lines" is all well and good and builds solidarity amongst fellow travllellers but it doesn't, by it's self, change anything or force anything to change.
So true! Protest is better than nothing, and provides a public front, but is actually otherwise completely and utterly useless.. apart from making people delude themselves that they're doing something constructive. It's exactly what the government want.
I like this. It stands for a lot of what i believe in. thanks for something so bold as this. It means a lot to me when i sign on and see stuff like this on the front page. maybe i'm just a peace loving, communist hippy but i truely agree with this.