Terrorist attacks in France, Germany, America: Capitalism carries terror within itself, like the cloud carries the storm

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Thank you Camille for this heart felt article about TERROR. And for pointing out that capitalism has always  been an expression of terror from its very inception.  For as you explain exploitation itself, and the coercion that underpins it of necessity, is ultimately a terror utilised by ruling classes - the slave owners, the feudal barons, and now the bourgeoisie - against those defenceless classes who have nothing to live off except the exchange of their labour power for paltry renumeration of various kinds. And all this maintained and instituted under what is none other than a disguised reign of terror, in which all life is reduced to fear, anger, violence and futility.

Here is a recent example you so graphically describe.

Camille wrote:
  Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the man who used a truck to kill dozens of people in Nice, was described by those who knew him as ultra-violent, going through ‘crises’ in which he would smash everything around him. His ex-wife left him because of his extremely aggressive character. But to go further and to coldly run down men, women and children something else was needed: a real psychological disintegration. In such actions, all the fundamental taboos of human society crumble into dust. This man had internalised all the violence of capitalism, then externalised it in an explosion of destruction. Such mass murders have been around for several decades in the USA, where mass killings in schools and universities have frequently hit the headlines. Each time the killers are young people who feel themselves excluded and marginalised by the educational system, stigmatised by colleagues and teachers. The ideology of Daesh is thus by no means the primary cause of these barbaric actions. It’s because the system has first produced these broken individuals who are desperate for revenge that they become fascinated by the hateful and irrational discourse of IS and become obsessed with weapons. And it is at this stage that IS plays a considerable role: they enable these individuals to legitimise their barbarity. They make them believe that they can get revenge for their wasted life and win something through death. They release the most murderous impulses generated by this society.

Legitimised barbarity; revenge for wasted lives; and winning something through death. Is this finally what we have been reduced to? Surely not?