Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism





I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recentlyin private where they felt comfortable letting their guard downabout the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk about. The shame people feel when they can’t find a job…We are supposed to pretend, in this stupendously individualist culture, that it is our fault. The buck stops here. I am responsible for my failings in life. Of course this is demonstrably not true. We are merely living through late-stage capitalism and our parents lacked the foresight to warn us about it.
The mental disease of late-stage capitalism is shame, the devastating feeling that we failed ourselves in the Land of Opportunity. This great lie that we whisper to ourselves is how they control us. Our fear that other impoverished people (which is most of us now) will look down on us for being impoverished too. This is how we give them the power to keep humiliating us.
I say no more of this emotional racket. If I am going to be responsible for my fate in life, let it be because I chose to stand up and fightthat I helped dismantle the global architecture of wealth extraction that created this systemic corruption of our economic and political systems.  April 13






Joe Brewer, the author of the essay The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism lives and works in Seattle, WA. The message that he is trying to get across is contained in the Total Solar Eclipse of March 8.  As we have seen in the past, eclipses download their message most clearly at those places where they occur on the angles. The March 8 eclipse was powerfully placed on the descendant at Seattle as part of a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square. Here the asteroid Psyche is on the MC opposite Aesculapia on the IC. A key phrase for Psyche-Aesculapia is “mental trauma or illness”.

This South Node Solar Eclipse T-Square, and this lunar cycle, creates a powerful force to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion. In other words, we have grown as far as the limits imposed by those constructs have permitted. It is now time to either begin to change those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth, expansion and fulfillment, or to dismantle those constructs all together. [1]

The eclipse is placed in Pisces about which Dane Rudhyar wrote:

Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration. But Piscean winds of destiny may impel men of vision and courage to discover many a "new world," as much as they do destroy or suffocate the many who stubbornly resist change. Transcendence, overcoming, piercing through illusions and false security, severance of social ties, embarking for the great adventure with utter faith and in denuded simplicity of being: all these things are to be learned in Pisces. Man is here face to face with himself, and with that Greater Self which he names: God. He can refuse such a confrontation. He can cling to oppressive and decadent cities. He can bundle up with refugees and moan forever before the Wailing Walls provided by dying religions and bloated social "Saviors." But then, he will be ploughed under, as manure for the spring sowings.

To renounce and to transcend means mental criticism of a sort. Mind, in the Signs preceding the equinoxes (Virgo and Pisces), is the constant critic, cutting away the crystallizations or fallacies of the past and intent upon clearing, the stage for a new kind of living and realization. It is mind telling what should be forgotten, pruned away, regenerated or transcended. In Pisces, the social delusions, the exaggerated idealism, the cranky notions, the revolutionary fetishes, the scientific materialism, the civilized monstrosities which have swarmed through the Aquarian period must be cut away.








Joe Brewer published his essay on April 13. If we progress the eclipse chart to that date, the progressed MC forms aspects to the eclipse T-square triggering its message.



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