First of all let me say, I'm not really sure what my political views are right now. The last 'label' I really identified with was libertarian, and I
still absolutely identify with the personal/social freedom aspect of it, which was always what I stressed anyways. But, I find myself having thoughts
of dislike towards certain aspects of 'economic conservatism,' and capitalism, as of late.
Now, really an idea underlying capitalism is that greed is the only legitimate human motivation. Any time you discuss more utopian societies, the
thought is 'well if there isn't incentive to become better off financially than others, no one will want to do anything.' And well, I frankly have
come to hate the way some 'conservatives' talk. The second you talk about the idea of everyone having their needs, and many of their wants, met, the
first thing they jump to is 'I'm not gonna support all those lazy bastards!' They can't even just consider that it would be nice If everyone had their
wants/needs met, they just jump straight to thinking about the 'lazy bastards.'
But this is what really gets me. Scarcity is absolutely built into the system. It's not just that it's difficult for us to reach some sort of utopia
where we can all have access to things. It's that the capitalistic system cannot allow it to happen. Like ideas of free energy. What if everyone could
have access to their energy or electric needs? They would not allow that to happen. If everyone has access to electricity, there is no business in
electricity. Everyone just has it, the profit motive isn't there. What if everyone could have access to Wi-Fi? That would shut the Wi-Fi industry
down. They cannot tolerate it. This is why 'online piracy' is said to be such a heinous crime. You mean everyone can just have access to something
instantly and for free, without even using any physical material? How awful! Never mind the fact that this is an incredible human achievement,
unparalleled in the history of this planet.
There is no idea in this society of working towards a utopia. Even having it as an ideal. Innovation comes for its own sake, with no intention of
elevating the human condition in general. No matter how much progress we make, things always adjust to keep the same basic class structure intact. I
don't know whether we could achieve a sort of universal utopia, or at least universal meeting of needs, right now or not. They say we can't, but that
is of course what they would want us to think. But the point is, even at whatever point it does occur that we have made enough progress that we could
make it a reality, it couldn't exist in the context of a capitalist society. They wouldn't allow it, because it undercuts the whole system because it
undermines scarcity, which is the whole context of capitalism. I believe a utopian society should be the end goal, the direction we head, the reason
for the progress we make. And we have to consider this fact, that within this system it would never be allowed to happen, even if it were possible.
And whether it's possible or abstract, that abstraction has to be understood, or else we can never even move in that direction, because the system is
literally designed to make it impossible.
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