posted on Nov, 26 2005 @ 09:23 PM
The system that we live in isn't truly capitalistic. It's mercantilism heading toward fascism.
True capitalism grants exclusive power to the people-- the producers and the consumers, the sellers and the buyers, the owners and the customers. In
a truly capitalistic system, people manufacture or produce or offer a product or a service, and other people choose to buy that product or service, or
not, entirely on their own. They can weigh the various choices and make a decision based on whatever qualities are of value to them. It's an
entirely free exchange, controlled only by what is offered and what is desired.
The problem is that such a system provides no advantage to those who can't or won't compete straightforwardly, and instead desire to use force or
the threat of force to compel people to buy their product or pay for their service even if it's inferior to others that are offered. The power-drunk
executive who's making a cushy living off of a particular business is often unwilling to cut back on his own wealth in order to invest in the
business in order to make it genuinely competitive with newer businesses with better or less expensive products, and finds it easier to spend a
fraction of what would be necessary to compete to buy the influence of politicians who will then pass laws that either favor his company or penalize
his potential competition. And of course, the politicians are more than willing to sell their power to him-- that, after all, is why they're
politicians in the first place. The real point of their business is that simple process of accumulating power and selling it, so when a buyer comes
along and offers them money for their power, they readily accept it.
It's for this reason that "capitalism" almost immediately stopped being what it was meant to be. The existence of business people who are willing
to pay for advantage, and politicians who are willing to sell it, means that true capitalism cannot exist.
The only way that true capitalism can ever exist in the first place is in a society that doesn't have a dominant class of politicians and power
brokers, and suich a society has never existed for long on this earth.
So, the question becomes, will this quasi-capitalist system-- this neo-fascist system-- ever fade? Certainly it will. People are dissatisfied, as
they should be. The problem is that it will almost certainly be replaced by something inferior to actual capitalism, simply because we can no more
rid ourselves of power-mongers than we can rid ourselves of cockroaches. They cannot allow true capitalism, since that negates their power, so they
will continue to indoctrinate people into believing that the problems in our current system are a result of it nominally being capitalistic, and will
continue to hide the fact that the problems are actually a result of it NOT being so, and are entirely and directly THEIR fault. And they will
continue to stand ready to step in and "rescue" the ever more dissatisfied people from the problems of this system that they falsely call
capitalism, content in the knowledge that the "rescue" will provide them with even more power, and that the people are too distracted and too
ignorant to know any better.