Issues and answers: Capitalism and other systems

Issues and answers: Part 10

Written by: Lee Sonogan


“The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

There has been a ruling class since the start of man kind. Communism, Federalism, Dictatorship, Democracy and more systems have been created by many different country’s. And all of them have witnessed war and corruption. The most common system in the world is Democracy. The website defines democracy as ‘a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives’. These elected representatives are run by private political groups. The groups are prone to be influenced by many different factors. With money being one of the biggest. Private corporations and the CEO’s of the world pay lobbyists to change law and policy’s to their benefit. Jacque Fresco said “Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free,”.

We need to avoid Dictatorships at all costs. No country ever in the world has been successful in a dictatorship. North Korea, WW2 Germany, Syria are some that come to mind. Under this type of system they have complete power to enforce laws daily on ideology with many negative effects. The populace becomes afraid to speak out or ask for help from their government. Depression and hopelessness. Suppression in freedom and creativity. Possible secret police forces. Even extreme cases of Genocide and torture. In the end the people are left with 2 choices. Either rebellion or war.

In most country’s there are mainly two big political party’s. The definition of a two-party system is where two major political parties dominate politics within a government. With one of the two holds a majority in the legislature. While third party’s rarely win any seats in the legislature. The third party’s or independents give their votes away to try to influence policy and procedure anyway. These third party’s can be built around a particular ideology or interest group, split off from one of the major parties or focused on a charismatic individual.

Currently in current times we have slowly changed from the original fair system of democracy to more and more capitalism ways and methods. Capitalism gives major advantage to the few at the top of the hierarchical social-economic pyramid structure it shapes society into. Capitalism is a system of economic and social relations marked by private property, the exchange of goods and services by free individuals, and the use of market mechanisms to control the production and distribution of those goods and services. Some of its elements have existed in human societies for ages, but it was only in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in parts of Europe and its offshoots in North America, that they all came together in force. Throughout history, most households had consumed most of the things that they produced and produced most of what they consumed. Only at this point did a majority of the population in some countries begin to buy most of the things they consumed and do so with the proceeds gained from selling most of what they produced.

Inequality is indeed increasing almost everywhere in the postindustrial capitalist world. Inequality is an inevitable product of capitalist activity, and expanding equality of opportunity only increases it  because some individuals and communities are simply better able than others to exploit the opportunities for development and advancement that capitalism affords. The inequality that exists today, therefore, derives less from the unequal availability of opportunity than it does from the unequal ability to exploit opportunity. And that unequal ability, in turn, stems from differences in the inherent human potential that individuals begin with and in the ways that families and communities enable and encourage that human potential to flourish.

What distinguishes capitalism from other social and economic systems is its constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, and everlasting uncertainty and agitation. In history capitalism has brung the same amount of positive and negative effects to society compared to all other forms of ruling. The problem is that we stick to the similar methods that are out of date and no longer relevent.

Alternative systems that we could implement:

  • Socialism
  • Resource based economy
  • Green party
  • System based of evidence not ideology
  • Systems based on sustainability
  • One World goverment that benifits all
  • Communism and more

The top ten countries with the best government according to the Legatum Index Government Ranking are Switzerland, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom and Australia.

Propaganda and fear is a big part of our lack of change. Ideas such as Communism and Socialism get a bad rap. Though they hold good ideas that could easily be implemented on our current system. Communism failed because the people in charged led by their changing ideology, not evidence. The idea where a country works as one and every one can obtain all there needs/desires is good, but the people in government decisions could influenced by anything. Systems need to be defined by evidence and science. Then the right choices will be made.

Thomas Jefferson said “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government,”.

People are not liking what governments are doing and politics has become a show. Maintaining the status quo is not good enough and I call for many changes in the basic processes and methods that are used today. Someone said that the president should be a person that needs to be dragging and screaming into the office. We the need best people in the ruling class with the intention to do nothing but positive impacts with their time. Power in these positions can cause negative effects. In the next part I will be talking about Power and corruption and how the people in all sorts of areas create negative affects to themselves to the world as a whole.

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.”
― Karl Marx, The German Ideology


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