Gary Beck

Bitter Lesson

Capitalism defeated
fascism, communism,
briefly allowed
loyal citizens
small tastes of the profit
as they blissfully reveled,
deceived into believing
they were important
to the long term owners
of America,
concealed by guarded gates,
immune to the suffering
of those who lost homes, jobs,
cruelly condemned
by callous aristos
to poverty,
disease, idleness,
while the wealthy indulged
in excess pleasures.

Gary Beck © 2017