rn: rkm’s red pill revisited


Jan Slakov

Dear RN,

Just recently we got a message from Carol Brouillet, applauding Richard's
article on the Matrix reality published in the _Whole Earth Review_.

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 13:48:44 -0700
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From: Carol Brouillet <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#1126,rn> rkm still on holiday

   I finally got my copy of WHOLE Earth and was able to read your MATRIX
article! It was excellent.
P.S. Saw this on the TOES list-
I feel as though we have all just been nibbling around the edges.
The main story, the Truth, the Red Pill, is to be found at:
If you can't access it, I'll be happy to email it to you or post it here.


(from Bob Wallace-  •••@••.•••)
I have to confess that, like Carol, I didn't get around to reading the
article when Richard sent it to us on the cj & rn lists. I finally managed
to find my copy (as I can't easily go to the web site where Richard has it
posted) and am resending it for those of us who missed it the first time.

Below I copy a part from near the end which I find most useful. So often,
when we speak of bringing an end to capitalism, we are criticized for being
unrealistic or for playing into the hands of totalitarianism. We need to
remember that we want an end to a system which rewards people for destoying
the earth and human communities (which is what capitalism does). Once we see
our goal, we are free to find any number of ways to reach it; we are not
restricted to replacing capitalism with some other form of totalitarianism.

I think this article ought to be of most use to us in trying to reach
consensus with well-meaning people who have supported neoliberalism for
various reasons. Perhaps it will help these people see that they have been
playing into the hands of the most virulent totalitarianism of today, Pax
Americana and corporate (or economic) globalization.

all the best, Jan

        (c) 2000 Richard K. Moore
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        Like a cancer, capitalism
        consumes its host and is never satisfied. The capital pool
        must always grow, more and more, forever--until the host
        dies or capitalism is replaced.

        The matrix equates capitalism with free enterprise, and
        defines centralized-state-planning socialism as the only
        alternative to capitalism. In reality, capitalism didn't
        amount to much of a force until the Enlightenment and
        Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s-- and we certainly
        cannot characterize all prior societies as socialist. Free
        enterprise, private property, commerce, banking,
        international trade, economic specialization--all of these
        had existed for millennia before capitalism. Capitalism
        claims credit for modern prosperity, but credit would be
        better given to developments in science and technology.

        Before capitalism, Western nations were generally run by
        aristocratic classes. The aristocratic attitude toward
        wealth focused on management and maintenance. With
        capitalism, the focus is always on growth and development;
        whatever one has is but the seeds to build a still greater
        fortune. In fact, there are infinite alternatives to
        capitalism, and different societies can choose different
        systems, once they are free to do so. As Morpheus put it:
        "Outside the matrix everything is possible, and there are no