posted on May, 2 2003 @ 08:10 AM
This post is not directed to anyone, just a general airing of my views.
A common misconception is that every socialist is a communist. You might as well say that everyone who supports capitalism is a fascist. Socialism is
not communism, and although some people still advocate communism, I am not one of them. I believe that socialism can exist in a democratic format.
Unfortunately years of media bias, cold war propaganda, and ignorance has placed socialism in the same place as communism in a lot of peoples minds.
The current mindset of most people (greed etc) is the biggest obstacle to any change, and I would never expect any sudden transformations.
It is only a problem of education.
To say that this is the way it is and it cannot be changed and that we should grow up is to lose faith in humanity and give up the fight for
humanities emotional and mental evolution, which is ever ongoing. (Examples being the abolition of slavery and, more recently the downfall of
segregation and apartite.)
I can guarantee in the 50’s there will have been people saying to the blacks “this is the way it is, you must grow up and accept it” & “people will
never be ready for an integrated system”
You might as well tell Jesus to grow up.
The problems we face are ever changing. Our problem now is the love of money.
Everyone’s heard the arguments on capitalism’s effect on the rich and poor, and on the financial elements of the system, but capitalism changes our
entire way of live and our society just as much as any idealistic, religious, extreme or fundamentalist system would. Only it does it with no fanfare.
Some examples of this would be:
The Music Industry, mainly the manufactured bands and performers. The rise of manufactured pop is a result of capitalism. The music industry is
based on profit. The industry goes for the artists that take the least outlay and effort with the most financial return, and we get an endless steam
of business sponsored musical whores.
Television. The increasing amount of crap shows and the general dumbing down of television are a result of capitalism. The station wants
programmes that generate the most advertising revenue and tie ins, which therefore have to get a large audience share, which leads to the programmes
being aimed at the lowest common denominator.
Family. Parents in our families have to work longer and harder than ever before, time off, maternity and sick leave are frown upon resulting in
the degradation of there own happiness and mental health and also their children’s as their children’s general development as a result of spending
less time with
harassed, overworked and tired parents.
Health and safety. Takes a backseat to the pursuit of profit. Every corner that can legally be cut in health and safety in the workplace and
the practices of drug, chemical and nuclear companies is cut to maximise financial gain. A recent example of this can be found in the thread
concerning the huge drugs recall in Australia. The implications of this are obvious.
The examples I could give are wide and varied; they range from agriculture to architecture (Farmers forced to accept a pittance in payment for their
products from supermarkets that then sells them on at hugely inflated prices. Architecture of new buildings ands housing developments being built with
only making profits in mind, the result being rows of identical, characterless, soulless, paper thin walled eyesores. I’m speaking for the U.K here,
not sure of the U.S situation.)
But I’ve not got much time as I’m at work and I can’t be arsed, frankly.
All of these things interlink and combine to create
The me society. What we have experienced since the 80’s. The dictate that says greed is good and promotes selfishness, vanity, and intolerance
of others for the sake of the pursuit of money. The cult of celebrity is a result of this (which links to the dumbing down of television) and a
result of that is increase in anorexia, compulsive dieting, and obsession with self-image.
I’m kind of losing track of what I’m trying to say.
What I’m trying to say is that there is far, far more to the effects of capitalism than who works hard and who doesn’t or whose rich and whose not. It
affects every fabric of our lives.
I’m not trying to say that socialism is the magic cure-all bullet either.
No party or political concept is perfect, but if you wait for a party to come along that entirely reflects your own personal views and beliefs, you
are going to be waiting till the end of time. Take the closest to your views and work within it.
I am however completely convinced that capitalism will destroy either itself, or us.