(In the light of the death of the witch)
What is society for?
Who does it serve?
If people make up society , society is for people. That which serves the people is pro society that which does not is anti societal. The needs of the people are foremost, society can be broken into smaller subgroups of different interests or different views but all are contained within societys umbrella. No man woman or child is an Island. As with neighbours difference can be tolerated to a degree.
We need to get away from ideas of socialism and marxism and neoliberalism , rejecting any philosophy which harms a majority , or a significant minority or harms the values of tolerance which allow a society to hold together. Anything which destroys or damages social cohesion must be rejected , change is good and necessary , but not if that change is damaging, or causes irreparable damage.
Neoliberalism , or the economics of the freemarket is one such philosophy. It allows its followers to justify large numbers of unemployed in industries it deems to be no longer profitable whilst at the same time saying it has no responsibility for those unemployed ( see Thatchers eighties) breaking social cohesion in large sections in society, which in turn damages society as a whole. Neoliberal solutions such as they are involve punishment, villifacation, forced labour and demonisation , setting large groups of society outside its sphere of reference and thus subhuman ( the language of fascism applied to economics) , when a society turns on a large section of its population this can be termed civil war. Those once enfranchised and deemed to be useful are disenfranchised and deemed to be parasites , scroungers and to be pushed to one side as no longer economically useful, like machines worn out and no longer productive sent to the scrap yard to be broken up . There is an undeniable logic to this , but it is the logic of the sociopath and the madman.
What is the solution to this? A Rebalancing of society along honest lines. It is our responsibility as a society to look after the needs of those who exist within it. To give purpose and meaning and participation, to do otherwise is not in societys interest. We waste the huge bank of talent and resource when we look only at profit and loss. Neoliberalism has failed country after country leaving only bitterness , pollution and human wreckage in its wake, society is too important to leave to some vague notion of invisible forces balancing in response to supply and demand. Each member of society has needs and those needs must be met , not in a consumerist manner necessarily , but in respect of living conditions , health, education, participation , and work, if we work for society do we not enrich it? I do not believe that there is no such thing as society, only people, I believe that we as individuals cannot exist without society, a society which values our individuality but also allows us to contribute to the common good.
There are some who will say this is a fantasy , or communist , or unsustainable , or even the question of the age , who is going to pay for it , The dragon waiting to be slain is the assumption that the people do not already contribute, they have contributed over and over again , in sweat and work and the creating of value , only for this value to be taken from their hands by those who would try and persuade us that one or two industrialists bring or create wealth. Their is no such thing as a wealth creator , there are only those skilled enough in creating the illusion that steals the candy from the childs hand, through propaganda , control of media , and the use of force. If a society has a parasite , and neoliberalism is that parasite , we must all take the purgative that wipes that worm from our bodies. There are those who will wish no end to this , manipulated by the subtle hand of the parasite , of course we are talking of those who fallend for the illusion and hold the overseers whip in their hand , the manager , the politician , the economist , allowed for a while to percieve an illusion that they might reach for the high table if they work hard enough , but hard enough never allows them to take their place in the hall of illusion, yet they keep trying and trampling on society at large. They must have the scales taken from their eyes. For to do otherwise is to commit a vast and ongoing ritual suicide as the shadows laugh atop their dragons piles, which prove useless as the world burns with the toxic waste created by their pursuit of power.