The myth that perpetuates capitalism is that ‘anybody can be fabulously rich if they work hard enough’. This is often known as The American Dream – seeing that the US is the flagship of the rampaging capitalist fleet. This myth falls down upon the even most cursory of examination, as it is evidence that the super-rich can only exist if the vast majority of the world population remain exploited. Capitalism in inherently discriminatory, and can only thrive on inequality.
That is not to say that there do not exist of some examples of people who came from humble backgrounds to become obscenely rich. Though most of the world’s elite are simply part of a self-perpetuating cabal, occasionally others manage to join the fold. These extremely rare examples also help keep the myth alive – and this is what leads most of the world to accept the unbalanced and unethical system going. If everyone realised how rigged the game was, then it would all come tumbling down. But by having examples of people who came from nothing to become business magnates, the idea, like with the lottery, of ‘it could be you’ persists.
One of these examples is Richard Branson, pictured above on his private island. Branson has been in the news of late as he is seeking a bailout from the UK government in order to keep his businesses afloat during the pandemic. Branson has been touted by somebody who came from nothing to become a multi-billionaire. This is not exactly the case, him being the son of a barrister. He hardly grew up in poverty. But anyway, he has gone on to be wildly successful in the business world, and now has a net worth of over $4billion.
And now he is claiming he needs help to pay his staff during this crisis. This is the same man who sued the National Health Service (NHS) when they didn’t offer his private health film a contract. The NHS who have been tasked with saving people’s lives during the pandemic, and who have been struggling to function after years of Tory and Phony Labour governments. Yet now Branson wants the government to help him out, pulling at the heartstrings, claiming this is for the sake of his staff.
How about this Branson, you fucking parasite: take some of the money you swindled from NHS, and use that to pay your staff. Sell your private island. Use some of your billions to pay them. Surely you can survive on one or two billion?
This is modern capitalism – neoliberalism. The richest of the rich looking to take money from the state when they face difficulties. They don’t even have to take risks anymore. If a venture fails, they just look for the tax-payer to bail them out instead. Branson doesn’t get to claim poverty. But with the Tories in government, don’t be surprised if they give him a leg up.