So after talking with ANOK in my thread on OWS and socialism, I've started looking around the net for PDFs to read about it. One of the first things
I found, was a refutation of it by Ludwig von Mises. I've downloaded it, but I'm noticing how ambivalent I feel towards reading it.
I'm trying to keep an open mind towards both sides, here; and I know a lot of Capitalist advocates say that what we're seeing in contemporary society
is not legitimate Capitalism. I think that's true; but at the same time, there is one overpowering reason why, whether pure or impure, corporate or
otherwise, I can't advocate Capitalism as a system. What is said reason?
Somebody always goes hungry
; and Capitalist advocates are ok with that. We still end up with a homeless problem. We still end up with
Africa being essentially nothing but a giant pile of AIDS infested, rotting corpses.
Various reasons are given as to why that's morally acceptable. I tend to find that they usually reduce down to social Darwinism or the "useless
eater," hypothesis; i.e., if someone can't or won't get a job, then let them die.
Contrary to how it might seem, I do not advocate avoidance of work. I do
, however, think that society should put a lot more effort into
creating a scenario where people are able to find the sort of work that they are best suited to. If that was to happen, it would benefit not only the
individual, but society as a whole. I also don't think that a person should automatically be judged unfit to work, simply because they don't have the
aptitude for a job that somebody else
considers appropriate for them.
In other words, I'm not a fan of the, "I took whatever job I could find, regardless of how much it sucks, so those filthy hippie vermin should damn
well do the same," argument. I don't think it benefits either the individual person or society as a whole. I've read a lot of stories online
recently about Americans with PhDs or Master's degrees, working as janitors or at McDonald's. Is your country really benefiting from having its'
intelligence wasted like that?
One more thing. I consider John D. Rockefeller to quite literally be the closest thing I've ever heard of to Satan incarnate, with his son David
taking second place. If the definition of entrepreneurialism is the lives and natures of these men, then I absolutely will
oppose it. If it is
possible to become wealthy without being a raging psychopath, I have no objection to that; but can anyone cite even one example of a prominently
wealthy individual, who is not openly evil?
Von Mises and his supporters might claim that the only alternative to a scenario where a single individual (or group of individuals) can theoretically
own everything on the planet, to be complete chaos; but I personally am not willing to make the type of moral compromises that Capitalism seems to
take for granted. Economics and compassion should not be at odds with each other. I'm writing this in a place where people come to get help, when
they sometimes haven't eaten for a week; and where, in pouring sub-tropical rain, I've seen people in sleeping bags on the front verandah.
I'm tired of living in a society which treats any
human beings like disposable garbage; and I'm especially tired of hearing people who advocate
Capitalism, saying that such a situation is perfectly fine, and even express contempt towards the people in said situations.
I am not saying I have any definite idea of how
to, just yet; but I think we can do better...and I think we have
1-2-2012 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)