Originally posted by Veritas1
2. If this does topple Western capitalism, what is the alternative to capitalism? Socialism? Communism? Fascim? Sharia Law? a return to true
capitalism, the way the founding fathers originally intended?
Well first we need to understand some of those terms.
Neither Fascism, nor Sharia law, would be alternatives to any economic system, the first being a political system the second religious law. I could
argue that most countries in the world are fascist, although a more liberal version than in the past.
The only real workable alternative to capitalism, 'the private ownership of the means of production', is socialism, 'the workers ownership of the
means of production'. Instead of companies with private owners, companies would be owned by those who work them. Labour would share in the profits
made. This would increase money in your pocket, in the economy, and increase motivation.
Politically we could be truly libertarian. A libertarian socialist system would break down the power that governments and the state have. Capitalism
is the only reason we have, and need, government and state. We have it because capitalists need it to protect their capital, and we need it because
it protects us from exploitation.
Or at least that is supposed to be how it works. Really though the problems we need protecting from are mostly the result of capitalism in the first
place. It's an economic system that allows the few lucky owners of capital to exploit those who have only their labour to sell. Any gains we've
had as citizens have come about through the people lobbying protesting, and worker organization etc.
Socialism was born out of worker organization, Anarchism came about when the left split between Marxists, who supported the state, and those whom
apposed it. The capitalists, TPTB, know the power of organization, they are highly organized, and obvioulsy fear it in the people.
When the economy slows down it's completely artificial, we do not lose the machinery to do the work, we do not lose the labour, all we lose is the
ability to work. Resources are kept artificially scarce in order to control the economy. If people had access to the means of production we could
produce what we need instead of trying to collect a welfare cheque. Or working to produce consumer crap in order to increase someone else's bank
Capitalism, nor socialism, are what the mainstream teaches us. We are conditioned to believe one is freedom and the other is totalitarianism. Other
countries do the opposite, but neither are what they claim to be.