Im an American, and I've been hearing my whole life how Capitalism is the only way.
I'm not suggesting state run communism so a lot of y'all can un-load, but I AM questioning the system. it may not be quite what we think it is
for example, many employees and small business owners i know not only revere capitalism, but THINK THAT THEY ARE CAPITALISTS THEMSELVES.
from the wiki link
In a fundamental sense, capital consists of any produced thing that can enhance a person's power to perform economically useful work—a stone or an
arrow is capital for a caveman who can use it as a hunting instrument, and roads are capital for inhabitants of a city. Capital is an input in the
from the wiki link
Capitalism is an economic system that is based on private ownership of the means of production and the creation of goods or services for profit.
So CAPITAL is the literal "march of progress" that you heard about in grade school. Seeing an ox in the field is an event, hunting an ox for the
tribe is a party, but breeding oxen and making them plow is CAPITAL. Now the plowing is gonna be a lot easier for generations to come.
but what if someone OWNS the oxen? It is easy to see that bad use of a tribal property custom could hamper the tribe. Lets say Joe breeds Oxen. does
he trade them? does he allow US to use them? can they only be obtained from joe for rental at joes prices? what about future instances of live oxen
capture? can i get my own? or did we reward joes ingenuity with a patent, making it against the law for me to do as joe did, even though we all know
how, since joe showed us...
Heres Monty pythons take on farming restrictions in old britain, set to 70s pop music. sure its a joke, but its a joke about the fact that the Lord
owns the oxen, and nobody plows without his say so.
now social restrictions like that are why a lot of people decided to try the american way. freedom and the future guarantee of freedom via the
strength of the democratic republic.
hey wait a minute? what about capitalism? i thought that was inherently american? is it? read on and decide...
from the wiki link (again)
Capitalism is an economic system that is based on private ownership of the means of production...
private ownership of capital, private ownership of the means of production. I guess then in an ideal capitalist system (extrapolating here) ALL
capital would be in private hands. If you think about it, we are almost there already.
Consider that the average American is not physically or legally capable of doing almost ANYTHING that our forefathers would regard as domestic
requirements without appealing to outsiders for power and authority (monty python again)
I mean that, you cant dig a well, you dont have the land or the tools, and if you tried, the gov would show up. ever build a wall? no one builds walls
anymore, homes are built by COMPANIES. companies are owned by rich people. rich people call themselves capitalists.
Im at work one day and a self described "ardent republican" tells me that the problem with SOCIALISTS is that they are not willing to WORK FOR
THEMSELVES. which is why he, republican, was a religious CAPITALIST.
I blinked in confusion and pointed out that the whole point of CAPITALISM is that the CAPITALIST avoids labor by throwing his CAPITAL at the market in
place of himself. this requires a poor person like HIM to pick up the slack and operate the rich mans tool. for a fraction of what that tool
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE NOT CAPITALISTS. y'all have been fibbed at. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ALL THATS LEFT OF OLD FASHIONED REGULAR FREE
A Capitalist does not own or run a small business, Capitalism is about controlling the means of production, and restricting said means for the
exclusive profit of the few.
In a chat with a Libertarian pal, the USA medical system was described as the pinacle of successful capitalism. American Medicine, he told me, was
simply the finest on the planet. I pointed out that it didnt matter much since no one can afford such care.
he pointed out that the machines are very rare and that the doctors are highly trained. I said, OK where did those machines and doctors come from? why
dont we simply MAKE MORE.
he had no response to this, so i asked the same question again, why not make MORE of this good stuff? and then let people USE IT?
The libertarian spoke the truth, he said that proliferation of such tools and techniques would water down the victory of their inventors and
controllers, lowering their profits and their importance.
i said NO WAY lets take a bunch of that IRAQ WAR MONEY and order a dozen of everything that youre telling me is too expensive for the common man.
AMERICA IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL NATION WE CAN DO IT IF WE WANNA.
HE SAID BUT THAT WOULD BE SOCIALISM, as if a bad word makes a good idea stupid
here we have it. what are the means of production actually for? are they for the people who actually operate them? or are they for a much smaller
group of people, to be used for private enrichment and social elevation?
In archeology 101 they told me that in order to step out of the pool of ordinary tribal males and become a "bigman" it was critical to capture and
control a tribal resource. monopoly. capitalism.
didnt we make monoploy illegal? HMMMM why did we do that? I thought that capitalism was the american way?
Since Capitalism is a system that relies on the private ownership of CAPITAL and its restricted use for PROFIT, it could be argued that the system
lowers the performance of society across the board. This is even easy to see when you realize that Capital is productive power, and it is only being
used for limited profit. See? Thats easy to see.
The reason for everything we do as a people changes. Consider almost any social problem you can think of, why is it that way? usually money, which is
only social power, which is the people when you get right down to it.
Now i know i used a dirty word up there SOCIALISM... gimme a minute here. people like to bring up Stalin, Lenin, all these bastards, and then ask me
how i DARE to talk about the S word.
I respond that those guys were dictator A-holes, if you want to see what Im calling socialism, go to your library. Or wave to the guys at the
firehouse. Thats good social engineering. An old leftist comedian Barry Crimmons, used to joke that he was picked up by a public bus, and driven over
public roads, to a public school, so that he could learn about the evils of socialism. priceless.
As we step into the future new processes will become available to mankind, or will they? a capitalist might swallow them up in the name of status quo,
some say we're there already with petro companies and "free" energy.
A capitalist wouldnt even need to see the evil in this desicion, it is, after all, in line with the philosophy of controlling the means of production
Dr. Salk gave his vaccine away, is he a socialist or a hero?
I guess my thesis is that capitalism itself can interfere with free markets, in fact that is its goal, a degree of social control is required to pull
it off. who will provide labor inputs for an absentee profiteer if we all owned our own "means of production"?
40 acres and a mule anyone?