French psychiatrist and political philosopher Frantz Fanon wrote in his 1961 book Wretched of the Earth, “The people come to understand that wealth is not the fruit of labour but the result of organised, protected robbery. Rich people are no longer respectable people; they are nothing more than flesh eating animals, jackals and vultures which wallow in the people’s blood.”

In parsing this out, Fanon essentially speaks to various characteristics of modern Capitalism and, most especially, how these manifest in the oppressive hierarchical structures and the role of “excess” in modern Capitalism. In many ways, the more we come to…

James T. Cutler

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