To be quite honest, capitalism is not the free market or entrepreneurship. Capital is money or assets to work with, independent of government. It's
saying that if you got it (it being money), you have more power...this would be true in any artificially co-opted social order (loosely, could be
government, but not necessarily...consider units of social cohesion smaller than the State that are constantly altered by one member's
disproportionate access to capital: households, gangs, corporations).
We don't live in a truly free society, there are controls - explicit through written law and implicit through social norms, prejudices and access to
capital (or not) as a birthright...the pesky estate tax enters the argument here. There's choice and there's illusion of choice. In North Korea or
Soviet Russia, glorious leader receives 99%of the people's vote. Let there be no illusion, there is no choice there. In the good old USA, two
candidates with rather identical ideologies receive 99% of the vote as well, of course the majority of that 99% goes to one of the two, who is then
elected. we had a choice, right? Well, not really...we had the illusion of a choice.
Healthcare or Romneycare or Obamacare or the "mandate"...whatever word you choose to describe it, is, at face value, no different than the charter
schools...privatization wrapped up in a pretty bow of sunshine and warm gushy feelings. At the end of the day, you've just strengthened the consumer
pool for insurance companies.
"But wait...," you say, "if somebody can't afford insurance, the State is going to pay for their insurance on the exchange!"
Yeah, so? How is that different from Charter school vouchers or Medicare vouchers or Farm subsidies or subsidies to Petrochemical or Pharmaceutical
It's still YOUR tax money going towards paying for a service that does not exist "as is" but rather for a profit. So, in other words, whether we're
talking Obamacare or charter schools, rather than the government running a universally desired and required service (I.e, healthcare and education) at
cost with your tax dollars, you now have the government passing the buck - quite literally - to private, for profit corporations. Talk about bloating
And don't believe for one second that the "insurance exchange" will create competition and lower prices. We already have monopoly laws on the books,
Ok, fine, but explain to me how my scenario above comparing glorious leader's 99% of the vote to Democrats and Republicans' 99% of the vote is any
different than microsoft only versus Microsoft or Apple; or Verizon only versus Verizon, AT&T, TMobile and Comcast, for that matter.
I like Coke and you like Pepsi, but at the end of the day we're both just drinking corn syrup and food coloring.
Anyway, like you said, the capability is there, but the impetus to NOT do those things (meaning business owners or bureaucrats honestly helping with
food, education, shelter, etc.) is almost always legislated into the system. The truth is, laws, private property, the State...these are all figments
of our imagination. They continue to exist because we believe in them and put stock and faith in them - both actively and passively, as we have been
engrained to do since birth. And most people would work as a family or community unit in close proximity to kin or neighbor.
However, modern society is anonymous and that's why most governments in the world today are, at the long and short of it, just power hungry machines
with a ruling class of elites (somebodies who actually get a face in the crowd. Below them,, a small percentage of wannabes, "gatekeepers" who control
access from the elites to the next rung on the ladder. You can call them the bourgeoisie, the middle class, or just slaves with whips (whatever
historical metaphor you want to use). The lowest, but largest rung, is made up of the diverse, restless masses. The differences that you call
socialism, capitalism, or communism are nothing more than nuanced control mechanisms that have been adopted. It's all really just tyrannical fascism,
if you ask me.
edit on 10-12-2012 by Sphota because: "Those things" was ambiguous, so I defined them