The great Chris Hedges writes:
Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. They have, in the process, demolished civil society. Karl Polanyi in The Great Transformation warned that without heavy government regulation and oversight, unfettered and unregulated capitalism degenerates into a Mafia capitalism and a Mafia political system. A self-regulating market, Polanyi writes, turns human beings and the natural environment into commodities. This ensures the destruction of both society and the natural environment.
I love Polanyi! A great Marxist thinker, and like Marx himself, his analysis of capitalism is on it.
The 99% is a commodity now? Yes! No way is this going to work. Societies like this one die badly.