Our Gilded Age

Capitalism has become
what Marx
knew it would become —
the all-owning, all-consuming
monster
until nothing is left to be
owned
and what is owned
is owned
by a hand-full of
greedy, avaricious
individuals for whom
“it,” whatever commodity
“it” is, isn’t ever enough and
those hollowed-out
individuals hire
lobbyists to convince
legislators and the
executive
to vote and act
on their behalf
because the elected
officials will
get lots of money
to convince people
through half-truths
and all-out lies to
vote them back
into office so they
can continue to
pass legislation
in favor of the
hollowed-out
few who
consume
while people
sink in the
polluted soil
and suck
fouled air
and drink
contaminated
water and
who don’t
have enough
money to
buy the poison
foods and shabby
products and
they can’t get
the medical
treatment for
all their ills
and they die
and the monster
begins
to eat it’s own
product and
it consumes
itself,
is poisoned
and collapses
under its own
weight in
the Grand Canyon,
gurgling,
bubbling,
sizzling,
filling
the canyon
with toxins
and finally
dying
an excruciating
death.
Good-bye,
Capitalism
and everyone and
everything
and there isn’t
even a proletariat
to rise.

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