Today I was brainstorming about capitalism. At first I was just thinking about what was wrong with the system. After finding that there wasn't
anything wrong with it, I began to wonder whats the problem at all? I could see a definate problem, from there it was a matter of identifying it. I
assumed that it was profits and greedy working in favor of the system. An assumption definately. I figured that the system wasn't really at fault,
but it did endourse greed, so that was its problem.
A member (who will remain anonymous) posted an article to counter why I thought capitalism was a bad system. This article he posted was I guess
suppose to change my views to make me believe that capitalism isn't bad and everything bad about it was just made up. here is the article:
After reading that I saw it was a decent article and it made some points. I was at square one again. What was the problem with the system. If there
isn't any, then why does it seem like business is killing our government and democracy? I thought about it for a decent amount of time and came to
The Unseen Form Of A Monopoly
First we should talk about why capitalism is a decent system. It is privately owned by the citizens. The businesses compete with eachother, ultimately
benefitting the customer. This is unlike communism where the government runs it, and Fascism where the government and the business are one, they work
together to make profit and live like kings. Both of those systems fail miserably when in the real world because of exploitations. But is capitalism
Capitalism, though works on paper, has exploitations which have been highly used and abused. These exploitations has formed a new type of monopoly
which controls the government beyond what fascism is. Its like fascism minus the government going hand in hand. The government is pretty much
powerless to the business. Fascism they are on the same level, but in this system its like the business actually owns the government.
How did this happen though? Well the article posted by the other member, states that between 1870 and 1970 the cost of living was dropping a great
deal, and the poor class was having a better way of life. This is true. The poor were getting better quality life, the rich were getting more rich.
And at the same time consumerism got big and businesses grew to unimagenable sizes. So all in all what its saying is. Businesses got huge, rich people
got richers, and the poor got better lifestyles, and were having a better standard of living. Maybe its just me but does the phrase "too good to be
true" ring a bell with anyone else?
Well, it is. Between now and the 1970's the rich have still been getting richer while the lower class is starting to not get any better. So in a
sense the rich get richer while the poor, well they dont change at all. Now that still doesnt sound too big by itself either. The poor still have a
better lifestyle then anywhere on the planet. Sure the rich are becoming even more rich, but thats suppose to happen. Personally if this was the end
of my story, I don't think I would have a reason to be posting now. Unfortunately this is far from the end of the story. This is just pieces to the
puzzle right now. Want to put it all together?
During the 1870's to 1970's everything was great...or was it? In reality, there was something else going on. When these big businesses came into
play, they grew into businesses much bigger then the mom and pop shops trying to compete with them. This was the first step toward the unseen
monopoly. As the businesses grew bigger they evidently had more advantages then the small businesses, the major one being distribution. These big
businesses could expand far beyond all other businesses boundries.
So now we have a business expanding across the country, competing with mom and pop shops around the country. Heres where the big business comes into
play. Because the business is so big it uses its second advantage of buying in bulk. By doing this they can lower there prices because product costs
less. So now the mom and pop shops are in a much more difficult position. Mainly because now they have to compete with prices that they cant compete
with financially. Slowly mom and pop shops are disappearing going out of business. You can only hold out so long before you have to give in. This was
a seen problem, but it wasn't THEE problem.
The real problem no one saw was what this low cost of living was doing. By having this low cost of living, wages could be dropped. Pay didn't have to
be as high because the cost of living was so low. Thats the key element in this monopoly. They lowered the cost of living, while eliminating
competitive business. Once the competitive business was pretty much crushed, the monopoly was set. Now though, mom and pop shops could get started.
Not only because they cant compete with low prices, but people dont have the money to spend on them anymore. The choice is gone.
By lowering the pay, they became limited to the big businesses providing the low cost of living. Now the pieces are set. 1970's roll around and then
the positions change a bit. Since the monopoly is set. They don't have to raise prices to raise profit. Strangely because of the dependence on the
business the community has now, the business can get involved in politics. If the business decides not to do business with the community because it
wont agree with the business, the community has no chance now. The wages are lower, because the cost of living is lower. Now those mom and pop shops
cant open up because no one has the wages to spend on the raised prices. The Business is exercising its monopoly.
This is where the businesses get involved in politics. It can decide what does or doesnt go into play because of the power it has economically. Its
dictating the government, so now the government isn't working for the people anymore. The business pay the government people to shut up, in return
they live like kings. Now the business is home free. Its not that corruption is a choice for the government anymore. You can take the money and
represent them, or you can leave the money and represent them. Either way, your working for them now.
This is starting on a global scale now.
In the end, we were tricked. The low cost of living was in fact too good to be true. This clever trick was made in the idea we would see all the
benefits and not see the true intent, a monopoly. This monopoly has been in the works for over a century. Its been succeeding the entire time. Until
after the 1970's it wasn't at all obvious. It was the most deceitful plan of all time. The monopoly was hidden with the greatest promises and the
best quality of life. What was the price though? It was our government, our power, and eventually our freedoms to choose whats what. We have handed
them our country.
Fascism doesn't describe this, because the government doesn't even have any power anymore. We aren't losing our freedoms, we gave them away
accidentally. We thought this was the land of perfection. What we though was freedom was just a disguise, consumerism was at its roots. In truth, we
thought we were embrassing a nation on the rise, but we were embrassing a dictatorship. The dictatorship is composed of super businesses. The system
was never the problem, it was the unseen monopoly that was.
We thought this was freedom, but was in reality this was a very high end dictatorship. I think further more that it may be too late in the game to
change it. We are already hooked on the business, and it would be almost impossible to survive without it now. So what should be done. The monopoly is
in full effect, and our freedoms are in there hands. What do we do?