Reform Capitalism? Accept Communism or Socialism?

Having researched and had discussions on socioeconomic systems and related topics for a number of years, I feel it is finally time for me to speak up about my views in full detail.

On Oppression:

One of the primary defenses for Capitalism a number of individuals make is their comparison of it to say Communist Russia, Communist China, and related regimes which were oppressive and caused harm to it’s own people. First one must realize all the above mentioned governing bodies were not in-fact Socialism or Communism as it was originally written and structured and intended to be utilized. These were oppressive regimes whom used the consolidation of resources and power (which could be considered capital if you step back and think about it), and consolidated said resources and channeled it to their self-appointed privileged class. Corruption at it’s finest. Just as those oppressive regimes can not be truly called what they were considered (Socialism, Communism, Capitalism), it is a fallacy to simply label those systems as a whole as “good” or “bad”. I certainly agree those regimes were destructive and even defunct. Just as our current dominant socioeconomic system of Capitalism is oppressive, destructive, as well as defunct. In truth our current system better resembles “Corporatocracy”, “Plutocracy”, and even “Fascism” rather then what was originally intended to be Capitalism. Furthermore Capitalism was only intended to be a temporary system, not a long-term solution for providing health, wealth, and happiness for an entire planet.

Taking a step back and looking at the history of the system we refer to as Capitalism it becomes clear there is a massive disproportion of suffering and oppression fueled by resource consolidation, extraction, and circulation within a “privileged” class when compared to any other regimes. More on this topic will follow.

Capital:

We must also recognize that what we consider to be “money” or “value” is actually an abstract concept. Without going too far into detail regarding usury, fiat currencies, compound interest, fractional reserve lending, predatory lending and similar money mechanics I will attempt to make it very simple. Money or even precious metals have “value” simply because we accept it as value. There was a time bank notes were receipts of deposits. They represented a share of gold in a bank. Gold at that time was considered the thing of “value”. However someone with a self-serving idea thought it would be wise to simply start issuing out more receipts then there actually was gold. Centuries later we don’t even see many of those notes, as most all transactions that take place in our current global economic system are simply numbers that are zapped through the air. They have “value” because we assume they have “value”.

It is simply energy exchange, one person’s labor or creativity for another person’s labor or creativity. One widget or good for a piece of paper (or number zapped through the air) which will eventually buy the other trader a widget or good. Capital and it’s physical form of “money” is simply a middle-man. A temporary hold on what we perceive as value.

In truth money has absolutely no value. It is a colorful piece of paper/cotton blend. One which will not keep a person warm in winter, it can not fill a stomach, it doesn’t fight infection, and can not protect loved-ones from harm. The power comes from the perceived “value” it may become in the future. However “money” in it’s self is not required to fill the needs of any living creature.

Efficiency:

It is said by others that Capitalism is an efficient system because people are able to make purchases online of whatever they may desire, and have it arrive at their doorstep in 5-10 business days. We have microwavable dinners, sports-cars, and jumbo-jets. Knowledge is at our finger-tips, and we have men walking on the moon.

A number of people use the convenience of resource extraction and distribution in our present system as an argument for said system. However these same individuals have a poor understanding of what the true cost of such an “efficient” system. Starting at resource extraction there is a number of harmful effects to the environment and surrounding communities. In production there are a number of devastating effects to the environment and surrounding communities. In distribution there are a number of dangerous results to the environment and surrounding communities. In consumption chances are high there are dangerous after-effects of most of the “convenient” widgets, goods, services, and forms of entertainment that is so prevalent in all our daily lives. Most certainly there are a number of negative impacts to the environment and our global communities, which extend to all life when those convenient widgets reach disposal. Eventually all this harm must be “cleaned” and tended to… In truth it could have all been avoided were the whole system efficient in the truest sense of the word. Those in positions of privilege can’t see such side-effects directly when they look out the window, so there is an assumption it does not exist.

The biggest proof of this inefficient and truly flawed system is to find that all along the line, as this waste and harm is produced, Capitalism is actually benefiting! The GDP goes up every time someone is diagnosed with cancer. It is great for the economy each time one country declares warfare on another. It is great for Capitalism and those within it’s privileged society each time there is a devastating natural disaster. Housing bubbles may have meant many thousands of people were out of their jobs, but once again those privileged individuals profited greatly off of the suffering of others!

Capitalism is designed to extract unlimited resources from a finite planet, make an eventual bust, and recycle all over again just to create another boom and inevitable bust. The thing that is interesting about this pattern is those deeply entrenched and whom suffer the most from this pattern, are least likely to see said pattern. As the saying goes- it is hard to see the forest from the trees. One must take a non-bias omniscient viewpoint, coupled with a lot of independent research in markets, economics, and most importantly history to grasp how completely and utterly inefficient such a system is. After all, when the English sailed over to escape their oppressive regime, they made a HUGE profit out of massacring the Native Americans whom had little use for their capitalism. Most would be surprised to find the resource extraction (or should I say money?) that is going from what we call the United States of America is still to this very day being funneled to some of the same privileged individuals within England the history books said they gained “independence” from.

Deregulation:

Who benefits from deregulation? Those advocating for deregulation will shuffle their feet nervously and quickly change the subject when ask this question. The exact same people that have been and continue to push for deregulation are the ones that were bailed out. They are also the ones that helped disfigure and eventually dismantle the Glass-Steagall Act. I encourage everyone to do thorough independent research on this topic, and do significant research on those that use the cleaver sound-bites in favor of deregulation on mainstream media.

Tighter regulation:

I am not necessarily advocating for more regulation or reform, in truth I feel deregulation is a clunky and inefficient way of “solving”, yet ultimately ignoring the true core of the problem. That is the “American Dream” was in its-self a cleaver sound-bite constructed in order to benefit those at the top. All the while oppressing all those not within their privileged circle. The “profit motive” is a very harmful way to approach feeding and caring for an entire planet of thriving lifeforms. Having one class of individuals write laws which restrict another class of individuals from doing all they wish just further perpetuates the fundamental issue of issue of perceived privilege, specialization, resource extraction, resource consolidation, alienation, and eventual oppression of species.

“Profit Motive”:

Presently Peace is being waged against a number of large, corrupt, and deeply flawed corporation. The removal of Church and State of the modern era is upon us. That being the removal of Corporate from State. Certainly I am delighted to see this transformation happen, but I fear it will be far too little, too late. There will always be another Wal-Mart(c).Unless there is significant ratification, the pattern will perpetuate its self once again in less then a century. The major issue hanging over our collective heads right now is not how do we make sure Corporations don’t become “too big to fail”, rather how can we change our collective mind-set and become a truly civil society?

There comes a time when something which is inefficient and defunct must be removed and replaced completely. So long as the “glue” holding our society together is flammable, we are very likely to get burnt as a whole. I am proposing we move to a system which would make the profit motive impractical and contrary to logic. If it becomes the common-norm to live and act sanely, kindly, and civilly with one another, there will be no need for corporations as we know them. Ironically enough this is already the case, but many of us are still asleep living the “American Dream”. Are we ready to wake-up?

Consolidation of resources for privileged classes means Monopolies not only exist, but they are the end-goal and become the standard. Anyone that studies the immoral activity of the IMF, World Bank, and all the Fortune 500 countries will realize that competition kills creativity and innovation. If someone creates something better then your product, go harder, faster, meaner, and push certain reprehensible boundaries to make sure the competition never existed. Is that legally sanctioned we ask? Their response would be “not yet!”. If a fantastically efficient product never reaches “the market”, it will not thrive and proliferate. Thus it is the primary function of the corporation to create a monopoly under the flag of “protecting the share-holders”, and do what ever they can to make sure important things never reach the assembly line.

I could give a number of examples for such situations the general public, albeit the world suffered for such modes of operation. However I will only give one crucial example. Consider Nicola Tesla and a number of his innovations. Free energy and so much more is possible… That is if it was not for our current predominant economic system. Cooperation is always a more efficient system then competition. Any sports players, zombie fans, or members of a family unit will agree with this when they realize how much cooperation is involved when achieving a mutual goal. That is if you define “more efficient” as all parties having equal health, wealth, and happiness.

Nature is based on a system of cooperation over competition. True there is a “war” going on between all species, but generally speaking biodiversity is based on the design of cooperation over competition. Imagine for a moment a world with no borders, no private property, no large-scale warfare, no poverty, no pollution, and no wide-scale oppression. Such a world is possible, but not so when the entire world is dancing to be beat of a competitive (waring) drum. History has shown this is possible, and modern adaptations are ready to be applied.

True Value:

As it may come clear to readers by now, true value is not what we currently associate it with. The dollar bill it’s self has no value, but it represents value because it helps people receive true value. That true value is what sprouts from the ground. What is fed with clean soil, water, and sunlight will eventually become food, shelter, medicine, protection, and joyful experience with loved ones. That is if we have the leisure time to enjoy it all. All the “red-tape” of governments and economies is simply a distraction and convenient way to oppress those “less deserving” of true wealth. Another source of True Value is that of companionship. Call it love, affection, fond memories, laughs, soul connections or any other term. The word is not important, but what it denotes is. Keeping in mind that if you are not healthy enough to enjoy companionship, all the “value” in the world would mean very little.

Leisure-time and health are two primary ingredients to happiness which are deeply neglected within any global system, no matter what word is used to call said system. Disassociate yourself from the verbal association. However it is good to research as many “words” as possible to more adequately compare other “words” or systems. After all, the fate of the entire planet is at stake. Take power of knowledge into your own hands.

Alternatives:

True Cost Economics-
A system similar to Capitalism, with all the negative impacts of irresponsible resource usage included. If the planet and people are harmed, the economy is harmed. This involved as radical reform of the GDP, our current unite of measurement for financial success.

Economic Diversity-
The promotion, collection, and proliferation of a number of thriving economic models. Think the “buy-local” movement to the 100th power. Several thriving economic models working cooperatively instead of competitively. Permaculture is a great model for this system.

Ecosocialism-
Similar to socialism only in the sense that the producers have a mutual and collective say over the end-product, means of production, and operations of the cooperative institution. The focus is on greatly extending the commons as well as enhancing the “use-value” of all products to respect the natural limitations of a finite earth.

Participatory Economics-

In essence all institutions operate like cooperatives, with no class division or position of privilege. Tasks, functions, and roles within a work-place are rotating. This crates more self-sufficiency rather then specialization. Capital within society “disintegrates” as needs are met, in order to eliminate the ability to manipulate markets and cause disparity.

Anarcho-primitivism-

A moderate return to the tribal and communal systems of governance. Further analysis on all systems (production, consumption, technology, government, law) and it’s viability and true import for each given tribe. Non-hierarchical or lateral decision making processes coupled with communal living, with a huge emphasis on ecological sustainability.

Gift Economies-

A moneyless system which can be considered “volunteerism”. Putting into practice the belief we are all connected, and caring for one without thought of ego is to care for yourself. When all are volunteers, no one goes without.

(Please do independent research on all the above post-capitalistic systems).

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