Capitalism is like a great big game of Monopoly that rich people play, with the marked difference being that whatever happens in game time impacts, often very seriously, on ordinary people’s lives – especially on the lives of those watching Jeremy Kyle.
This is nothing more than a modern revision of the concentration camp designed to rob men, women, and children of everything that makes a person a human being; community, society, economy, hygiene, privacy, and even the right to prepare food.
Our childish question; “Why did no one help him?” must be asked again and again with fresh opportunity for us to answer that question in our words and actions. We are the answer to that question.
Ensuring that everyone has a decent quality of housing, education, access to opportunity, healthcare and so forth is not a “hand out.” People born into this state had no choice in the matter, and neither does anyone have the option of opting out of the state.
Like the psychopathic killer Capitalism is singularly motivated by its own selfish desires without regard for morality or even the lives of other people, and like Sutcliffe it is tempered by a need to appear good and respectable to its spouse. It was when Mrs. Sutcliffe went to bed or was otherwise absent that the Yorkshire Ripper allowed his inner monster out to play.
Let’s make this real with a question: Have you ever held a dead child? Not just seen one in a photograph, but really held the corpse of an infant? Some reading this may well have done. That child may have been their own, and to them I can say only that I am sorry, and – by God – my heart goes out to you.
As a cultural, historical, and religious counterbalance to European civilization we have projected onto Islam – quite literally – our worse fears on this other; we have made it our very image of evil and all things dark and fearful.
It is this sense of tragedy that is utterly lost on the racists and bigots who relish any opportunity to spew their hateful words out against perfectly innocent people. While the horror of what was happening was sinking in I realised that social media would soon – if it hadn’t already – come alive with a rash of Islamophobic remarks and memes.