Post Number:#31 August 12th, 2011, 10:56 pm
Let me make something perfectly clear I am not locked into a conversation of capitalism versus socialism, That is not what I understand the choices of my world to be. I am having a conversation about the insurrection in England whether it came from Washington; and so we are examining the possible causes of the rage in the children of England. Since England is not and never was to my knowledge a socialist state,and its economy has been central to the development of modern capitalism, the issue cannot be one of socialism. Let me therefore reiterate my points; the capitalism of Britain , The United States and other European states is built on the theft of land and labour from many of the worlds peoples, as well as the exploitation it own people. Britain benefited extensively from the profits made on the Atlantic Slave Trade, the ports of London , Liverpool and Bristol grew and developed as a result of the slave trade,[ as we say today it is not personal it was business and profits].SLAVE LABOUR IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN BRITISH COLONIES CREATED CAPITAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CAPITALISM. At this time there is no issue of Socialism it simply does not arise. In simple language Capitalism is a predatory system by its very nature. It concentrates wealth in the hands of a few, starting with military power and using it to steal land and labour from other peoples creating an empire upon which the sun never set. It has resulted in the stealing of land from millions of people and the destruction of their way of life. These lands were stolen and people subdued in The United States, Canada, all of Latin America the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand AND THE LIST GOES ON. This economic system runs the world including China and so-called socialist countries who mostly have to function in a Capitalist world market. My contention is that the system is predatory by its very nature and has not worked for the vast majority of the worlds peoples. Let us look at the statistics of wealth distribution ,deprivation and want on this planet. UNICEF statistics indicate that every day 22,000 children die as a result of poverty. The UNDP [The United Nation Development Program] statistics in 1998 indicated that the worlds 225 richest people had a combined wealth of one trillion dollars which equalled the combined annual income of the poorest 2.5 billion people. Today the wealth of the 3 wealthiest individuals on the planet exceeds the combined GDP of the 48 least developed countries. The Helsinki based World Institute of Development Economic Research of the U.N. University statistics indicates that the richest 10% of adults in the world own 85% of global assets while one half of the earth's adult population, one billion people, own barely 1% of global wealth. The United States Federal Reserve found that the wealth of the wealthiest one percent[ 1%] of Americans is greater than the total wealth of the bottom 95%. These are just some of the statistics that indicate a world of bizarre inequalities that make our world dysfunctional . This situation is not accidental it is a direct result of the theft of land and labour to benefit a few over the last 400 years and more. These facts have nothing to do with socialism ,it is about how capital was accumulated by capitalism. It was accumulated by predators who swam in the blood of millions of people murdered and maimed along the way, not to mention people losing their land and their communities in the process. I contend tat contemporary Capitalism in England and the United States has bred a permanent under class that are mostly meant for the prison system. The United States have privatized prison giving investors a vested interest in putting people in jail. They now provide free slave labour to private capitalists. Thankfully Britain has not followed suit. It was this young underclass in Britain that revolted. The financial capitalists gambled and created mayhem and it is the ordinary people who are told they must suffer cuts as a result of the greed of a few. It is the programs of the poor that must be cut. Representative Democracy is distorted by the toxic influence of the capitalist elite who fund the election campaigns. CAPITALISTS MOSTLY DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO POLITICIANS WITHOUT A QUID PRO QUO. THERE MUST ALWAYS BE PROFITS FROM EVERY DOLLAR YOU INVEST, WHETHER IN STOCKS, BUSINESS OR POLITICIANS. This economic system does not work in the best interest of the vast majority of human beings living on this planet.The quality of life of human beings is not a serious concern in this predatory system. Human being are only heard when they scream and raise hell as the children did in England, and even then the first thought is punishment not amelioration. NO AMOUNT OF RANTING AND FEAR SCAREMONGERING ABOUT SOCIALISM OR ANY THING ELSE, WILL ALTER THE FACT THAT CAPITALISM HAS NOT WORKED AND IS NOT WORKING FOR THE MAJORITY OF HUMAN BEINGS LIVING ON EARTH. They often try to confuse us by the assumption that freedom of speech and other rights like freedom of movement and freedom of choice is a product of the economic system of capitalism. Man soul and spirit throughout the ages has yearned for choices and the existence of these rights do not in anyway depend upon an economic system of predatory greed and exploitation. Capitalism can tolerate any form of government that allows its greed to grow, from Hitler's Germany whose economic system was capitalist to Communist China whose economic system is largely capitalist with its foreign investors, buying of bonds AND total engagement in the world capitalist trading system. This system is anti-human and does not work to improve the quality of life of the vast majority of mankind. IT DOES NOT HOWEVER FOLLOW THAT I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE EXCEPTING A SYSTEM CALLED SOCIALISM. LABELS DO NOT HELP US TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE REAL ISSUES OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. I do not accept the postulation that all human beings are corrupt, that belies my experience. I have seen the example of Nelson Mandela , a leader extending forgiveness to those who imprisoned him for most of his adult life and murdered thousands of his people besides. I know of Gandhi's teachings and sacrifice as well as the life and teachings of M.L. King. These were and are examples of a higher human state. So too the example of Mother Theresa and there are many other humble people who are engaged in serving and assisting others. We can alter our world without the labels that sometimes block our way. My statement that the youth are acting out their reality is not a statement of approval it is rather a statement of fact. This fact merely indicates what is. The angry children are not seeking our approval mine or yours they are acting out their rage. THE CONCEPT OF SEIZE WHAT YOU WANT WAS NOT CREATED BY HITLER THE FASCISTS OR BLACK PANTHERS.[I note the incongruity of putting the leader of the most organised white racist movement of the twentieth century, Hitler, in the same line as The Black Panthers to illustrate a point ha ha] 'SEIZE WHAT YOU WANT' IT IS A WELL PRACTISED AND PROFIT CREATING CAPITALIST CONCEPT USED BY MANY OVER THE YEARS TO BECOME RICH AND PROFITABLE..seize what you want and didn't they!! . They seized slaves from West Africa, they seized land from The Native American people and the aborigines in Australia and the Maori in New Zealand and Africans in Southern Africa AND ON AND ON AND ON. To those who choose to look, you cannot sell this system as one in the best interest of humankind. It represents our worse selves our lower and limited understanding. When we choose again we will choose something more harmonious ,more loving and more just. I DO NOT ACCEPT THAT HUMANS ARE CORRUPT ,WE CAN BE THAT, BUT WE ARE ALSO LOVING, FORGIVING AND CAPABLE OF LAYING DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OTHERS. THIS IS THE HUMAN BEING OF THE FUTURE. IT IS ALWAYS OUR CHOICE.