The Earth Party
1. Capitalism is dangerous, cruel, and destructive, and we need to evolve beyond it.
2. Socialism, however, is not the right replacement in the long term.
3. The right replacement is a system of Traditional Economics. We have a plan to create these, which you can read here.
4. Since it will take time to transition to the new economy, and people have pressing needs right now (in food, shelter, and medicine), we strongly support the use of social safety-net policies to keep everyone alive and healthy in the mean-time. This includes food assistance, housing assistance, and the funding of public health services to treat everyone, without concern for ability to pay - i.e. "Medicare-for-All." These policies will be immediately implemented. Then, later, they will be gradually phased out, once the new, benign economies mature enough to take their place.
We have been taught, by propaganda, to view the debate as a binary between just two choices. By reducing discussion to just two options (and encouraging vigorous debate between them), the rulers of the status-quo could construct an illusion that "this is all there is", and prevent our awareness of a third option that would truly liberate us. The third option is Local Self-Sufficiency, which is the only system that can allow true independence.
"Why is capitalism dangerous, cruel, and destructive?"
For five main reasons:
1. Capitalism Inverts Morality
2. Capitalism Incentivizes Spiritual Decay
3. Capitalism Encourages Social Breakdown
4. Capitalism Is Theft
5. Capitalism Threatens the Continuity of Life on Earth
Let's go through them, one by one.
1. Capitalism Inverts Morality
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself "what is capitalism?"
No, it's not freedom. Freedom has been around since Life began. Long before capitalism. But capitalism is a recent invention.
They are two different things.
"Capitalism is the absence of communism / socialism."
If you're defining capitalism in terms of what it isn't, then you're not really defining it.
And anyway, communism/socialism were invented in response to capitalism. Capitalism existed first, which means it can't just be the absence of those things, because those things weren't even around when it was invented.
So no, that's not it.
"OK smartypants, why don't YOU tell me what capitalism is?"
Capitalism is a value system. It rearranges the values of society to produce a resultant change in behaviors.
Every society has a set of values that it instills and encourages (and sometimes demands) in its people.
While it varies from culture to culture, the core usually remains the same:
+Be a good person,
+Treat others well,
+Take good care of those under your care,
+Contribute to your community,
+And do what you can to make the world (or at least your corner of it) a better place than it was when you found it.
Those are the values that have, more or less, guided all human societies since the beginning of Time, with very few exceptions. And wherever you find exceptions, you find societal collapse and chaos not far behind.
"So what's that got to do with capitalism?"
Capitalism is a radical new idea, which reorders the social value system. It brings the value of selfishness to the forefront of the human endeavor, supplanting all of those other values.
Instead of the ideal goal in life being "do good for others and the world", it becomes "amass more money for yourself."
It teaches individuals that by succumbing to the temptation of selfishness, they will actually be doing good for society. It takes the vice of greed, and changes it into a virtue, and assures the population that this is a good thing, because it will make society and the world better.
For someone being a "good capitalist", the goal is not "to make society a better place" - his goal is to gain more power (as capitalism tells him that by gaining more power, he IS making society a better place).
Capitalism is a form of satanism.
Satanism is moral inversion. It takes virtues, like compassion, and calls them weakness - meanwhile taking vices, like selfishness, and redefining them as virtues.
And that's exactly what capitalism does. It makes selfishness the pinnacle of achievement for a human being. It teaches us that when we stop caring about others, and only care about ourselves, it makes society better.
Both satanism and capitalism are centered around the notion that the best thing an individual can do is to amass power for himself at the expense of others. Satanism teaches that amassing power over others is OK because others shouldn't matter in the first place - while capitalism teaches that amassing power over others is OK because it actually helps others. Capitalism is, in a way, even more insidious than satanism.
In any case, the end results are the same. Misery, emptiness, and societal breakdown.
"Wait a minute. Capitalism isn't greed! Greed existed long before capitalism!"
Sure, there have always been greedy individuals who acted this way since the dawn of man, but it was always considered a shortcoming. Society looked on this attitude as a moral failing - a character flaw.
But capitalism redefines it as a virtue.
Whereas greed used to be shamed and discouraged by society, capitalism praises and encourages it. Instead of wanting less greed, it wants more.
Capitalism tells people that it's perfectly alright to enrich oneself through the sabotage and destruction of others.
Which brings us to Reason #2:
2. Capitalism Incentivizes Spiritual Decay
If we look rationally at capitalism, we can see that it incentivizes the decay of the human spirit.
Capitalism can't function when people are happy and fulfilled. It only thrives when people are unhappy.
Because happy people don't buy things. People who are whole, satisfied, fulfilled, self-actualized, "right with God" - whatever terminology you prefer to use - are content in themselves, and do not have a need for external "things" to make them happy. They're not empty inside. They do not have a mental/emotional/spiritual hole that needs filling.
Without such a void, capitalism has no angle from which to sell its pointless toys, status symbols, and assorted consumeristic garbage.
If someone isn't hungry, you can't sell them a meal.
If someone is healthy, you can't sell them medicine.
If someone is complete, you can't sell them pointless consumer products by promising that the product will make them complete - because they already are complete.
So, when people are happy and fulfilled, the capitalist economy shrinks. It can only post growth when people are unhappy and empty. If everyone were happy, the whole system would fall apart!
Therefore, a capitalist economy has a built-in incentive to sabotage human happiness, in order to create space for more demand for products.
Capitalism incentivizes the creation of emotional pain and spiritual voids in people - on purpose - because that's the only way to sell its products.
If we are whole, it profits if it breaks us.
If we are healthy, it profits if we become sick.
Business leaders know this - they aren't stupid. They know they have an incentive to cause misery and spiritual decay.
You don't think they act on this incentive?
Especially considering that capitalism tells them to (since anything that makes money is the right way to go)?
"But how would they go about doing that? How can a businessman make you or me unhappy? We are supposed to be in charge of our own lives, including our own emotional well-being. If you're letting someone else make you unhappy, then you need better personal boundaries! How is some businessman somewhere making you unhappy?"
The most obvious way is through advertising propaganda. Every commercial you watch has the same message: "You are not good enough as you are." You need something else to make you good enough. We have it - buy it from us. You are not good enough."
That's the message you see all around you in capitalist society.
If it wasn't working, why would they keep sending it?
Why would they spend so much money on these advertisements if they had no effect?
"Maybe that message works on some people, but not on me."
Do you think it's really a good idea to have a society filled with self-hating, disordered, spiritually broken, miserable people? You can't think of any way that that might come back around to bite you?
"I can still rise above it. People who can't are weak."
If you have an extremely strong meditation practice, martial arts discipline, or some other impenetrable self-esteem bulwark that most other people don't have, then yes, maybe there's a chance you're immune to ubiquitous mass-propaganda. Maybe.
But no matter how strong you are on a personal level, you're still a member of a society - and if that society is broken, there's nothing you can do about that, and it will affect you.
You still depend on a healthy and stable society for nourishment, both of the body and of the mind and spirit. And if the society around you ceases to function, and loses the ability to fulfill your needs, then there's little or nothing you can do, on an individual level, to fix that.
And this brings us to the next item:
3. Capitalism Encourages the Breakdown of Society
The most powerful way to ruin the individual is to ruin his society - to undermine the social systems and relationships upon which he relies.
Friends, family, neighbors, and community provide relationships that are indispensable for the wholeness of the individual. We are not islands - we need others.
And if those relationships are sabotaged on a society-wide scale, there's nothing the individual can do.
Capitalism does this by converting natural social relationships into transactional ones.
This process is called transactionalization.
Capitalism profits when free relationships - which are based on tradition, group kinship, natural instincts, and trust - which require no money - are undermined and eliminated, and replaced with transactional relationships in which each act and service is quantified and compensated with money.
A transaction is a type of interaction in which a service is performed only on the condition of a compensation, and that compensation is:
furnished by the same person to whom the service was performed
furnished at the same point in time as the service
able to be expressed as a numerical value
provided in the form of a physical asset or certified symbolic token.
The "token", of course, is money. By transactionalizing social interactions and services, capitalism makes these relationships dependent upon money.
If the interaction/service/relationship can't take place without money, then it depends on money, and money becomes more indispensable to the basic operations of society. This dependence on money empowers the people who control the creation of money - the bankers. This is covered in more detail on our page Banks, Bankers, and the Financial System.
And it also destroys the natural foundations of society. It takes tradition, trust, and the goodwill between neighbors and kinfolk, and erodes and eliminates them.
Righties, you know that whole thing about "society breaking down", which conservatives are always sounding the alarm about?
Capitalism is doing it. Capitalism is the cause of it.
"I'm not sure I'm following. I understand the difference between a natural social relationship and a transactional one... but I don't get how capitalism is causing that. Can you give some examples?"
Here are some examples that both Lefties and Righties can resonate with.
Example #1: The elimination of public gathering spaces.
Have you noticed that, where you live, there is no place for the community to gather?
There is no town square... no village green... no bonfire circle... not even a simple field where the community can gather together. There's nothing.
Many towns have what they cleverly call a "town center", but it's actually just a shopping mall, plagiarizing the terminology of the ancient gathering place. It exists solely for business, and if you're there, you're expected to be buying something, or at least searching to buy something. If you're not explicitly engaged in monetary transactions (or shopping around with the clear intent of making such transactions), you're not allowed to be there. You're not allowed to just be there and relax. In fact, they have a name for that. They call it loitering. They consider it a crime, and they'll actually arrest you - they'll physically attack you if you show up just to relax and socialize without the intention of buying anything. Suffice it to say that shopping malls (and "town centers") do not provide fulfillment of the fundamental human need for community gathering space.
"What about parks? What about the square in the middle of town, where the fountains and benches are?"
If there's a town square or a park, it's heavily controlled, with almost all forms of social activity forbidden. Singing, dancing, and playing music are explicitly forbidden. The area is "closed" after sundown (and sometimes even earlier). Any form of social gathering is prohibited without a "permit", and those need to be procured weeks or months in advance, and only for"approved" types of activities. All spontaneous gatherings are impossible.
"How is capitalism responsible for that?"
Because capitalism is what closed the parks. Business leaders got together and pressured the municipal government to institute those rules. They made up some codswallop about parks being "dangerous" as an excuse to close them at night, and apply crushing sets of restrictions during the day.
"But parks are dangerous at night. Criminals gather there."
If that were true, it would be a perfect reason to keep them open. You'd have all the town criminals gathering in one place, and the police could just sit there like spiders waiting for flies to hit the web. It would be a perfect opportunity to catch up on all the outstanding warrants.
But they don't take that opportunity, because it isn't real. Parks are not gathering places for criminals. Parks are our public spaces - they are for We the People to gather and conduct the ancient, natural social gatherings that are fundamental to our psychological and spiritual well-being, which we have been robbed of by capitalism.
"But why would capitalism be against parks? What is there to gain from this kind of social sabotage?"
Gathering in the park to play music, dance, and enjoy the company of your community, is free. It requires no money.
If you can't do that, then you have to go to a bar, club, concert, or some other business venue, if you want to hear music and socialize. And those venues involve money.
A natural relationship, based on tradition, instinct, and group kinship, has thus been transactionalized.
And bankers are happy, because it's their money, which they have a monopoly over the creation of, which is required for it.
But the rest of us are not happy, because our fundamental needs have been undermined. Society becomes more grim, more selfish, more alienated, less functional.
Capitalism has incentivized the breakdown of society.
Example #2: The elimination of motherhood.
Motherhood is a natural social relationship. It requires no money. The baby doesn't pay the mother for her milk or nurturing.
Day care centers, on the other hand, are businesses, and they rely on money. Bottled milk is a business, and it relies on money.
Under capitalism, there is economic growth when women give up motherhood and toss their babies into day-care, and economists will report this as good news.
And if women were to rediscover motherhood and embrace it, and stop using day-care centers, the economy would shrink, and it would be reported as bad news by economists.
So capitalism pushes women into the monetary workforce, even when many would be happier staying home with their children and caring for them.
Capitalism incentivizes the application of social pressure upon women to choose life paths that benefit capitalism - regardless of what the woman actually wants and feels most comfortable with.
(If this argument sounds anti-feminist, you can read our page on Feminism).
Example #3: The prohibition of hitchhiking and ride-sharing.
In some places, hitchhiking is banned. Ever wonder why?
It's because sharing is a natural social relationship, requiring no money.
Taxis, buses, and owning a car of your own are all transactional relationships.
Capitalism eliminates the natural one, in order to force us to use the transactional one.
Example #4: Elimination of basic survival skills and life skills.
Ever wonder why the kids these days can't do anything for themselves? Why they can't cook? Why they can't plan financially? Why they can't time-manage? Why they can't find joy and entertainment in simple, natural things anymore?
These are all services that have been taken over by businesses. Restaurants, money managers, Google, Youtube, Netflix, headphone manufacturers, video-game makers - these all require money. They're transactional.
When kids don't know their a**es from holes in the ground, they patronize all of those businesses, and the economy grows.
If they were to rediscover self-reliance and the natural world, all of those businesses would lose customers, and the economy would shrink.
Example #5: Banning of permaculture.
Ever wonder why, in some states, it's illegal to collect rainwater from your roof?
Ever wonder why it's illegal to plant gardens in some housing developments?
Every wonder why it's illegal to dry your clothes in the Sun, including in places like Florida and California - places with abundant sunshine, where it really ought to be the other way around?
Ever wonder why it's illegal to build a house that's not connected to the main electricity grid?
Ever wonder why tiny houses are illegal?
Because all of these activities require no (or less) money and transactions.
"But those kind of rules aren't everywhere. They're only in a minority of places."
But the fact that anyone could have ever come up with them at all - even in a single place - is an abomination. The fact that they exist anywhere is simply grotesque. Any economic system that allows this - that incentivizes this - is a sick and wicked system.
Capitalism is wickedness applied to economics.
It recognizes that it needs misery and unfulfillment in order to create customers for its pointless products. And the most efficient way to do this is to sabotage the functioning of society.
It needs to prevent us from fulfilling or needs naturally and locally. It has to actively insert obstacles between us and satisfaction.
It needs to ruin our self-esteem and make us insecure, so that we'll buy products to make other people appreciate us.
It needs to ruin our relationships and communities, so that they can no longer be a source of comfort for us, so that we'll buy products to obtain that comfort.
It needs to ruin our local economies, so that we'll become dependent on the larger, centralized, industrial economy.
It has to sabotage all of the natural systems of our existence, and create a spiritual void within us - for only people with inner voids seek external products to fill those voids.
Capitalism depends on problems in order to sell products to "solve" them. The system is incentivized to create new problems, convince us that problems exist where they don't, exacerbate problems that do already exist, and prevent us from truly solving any of them.
Its very existence depends on problems, and it cannot afford a world without problems. Without problems, without misery, without conflict and despair, capitalism would collapse, as it would have little to nothing to sell us.
Sickness and unhappiness are good for capitalism; they are the lifeblood of capitalism, and capitalism knows this.
And so, ever since capitalism was invented, it has been taking a pick-axe to our societies, traditions, and even our own minds and spirits.
Considering that we live under capitalism, is it any surprise that more and more people are becoming sick and unhappy?
Capitalism destroys family and community. It takes things which used to be free, sabotages our ability to attain them ourselves, and then sells them back to us. It poisons our water, and then sells us its own water. It passes ordinances that prohibit us from gathering in parks and public squares - OUR parks and squares - prohibiting us from playing music, singing, and dancing - and then sells us its own music and entertainment, to fill the gap that it created in the first place.
The formula goes like this:
1. Invent some useless consumer crap nobody needs
2. Create an advertising campaign to convince them to need it
3. Sabotage the natural and traditional means of fulfillment, so that people have nowhere else to turn except to the useless crap you just convinced them, through propagandistic advertising, to need.
How can anyone think this is a viable system?
How can anyone think this leads to ultimate good for society?
And how can the people who bemoan the vanishing of family, community, and tradition, not realize that their very own economic system is not only destroying those very things, but is designed to destroy them - indeed, that its very existence is utterly dependent on destroying them - that it can't exist without destroying them?
Capitalism builds residential landscapes in which houses are so far apart, that people can't socialize without driving. We've become alienated and depressed - and capitalism is happy to sell our happiness back to us in the form of anti-depressant pills.
Then, just in case we decide to utilize those gigantic lawns to grow food, to reclaim a little bit of independence, capitalism stands ready with anti-gardening ordinances and compulsory lawn-mowing ordinances, to prevent us from planting anything, so that it can once again sell our sustenance back to us in commercial grocery stores.
Capitalism took everything central to Life, and made it harder to acquire, and all we got in return were cars. Our civilization traded away the pillars of Life... for cars.
4. Capitalism is Theft
"Hey wait a minute! There's nothing selfish or 'flawed' about working hard and enjoying the fruits I've earned from all my hard work!"
Hard work and capitalism are not the same thing. Just like "freedom", we have two unrelated concepts that have become conflated. And just as freedom existed long before capitalism, so did hard work. People have been working hard since long before capitalism.
When you work, you should enjoy the fruits of your own labor. But that is not what capitalists do. Capitalists siphon off the fruits of other people's labor. When you work for a capitalist employer, he or she gets the profits of your work.
When a farmer gets up at 6:00 AM instead of 7:00 AM because he wants to have a fuller harvest, he's not being a capitalist - he's just being hardworking.
Hard work is the accumulation of prosperity.
Capitalism is the transfer of other people's prosperity. The capitalist convinces others to give their labor over to him.
"But the capitalist doesn't just get the labor for free- he pays a wage for it! He's compensating the worker!"
And he is, by definition, not compensating them for the true value of their work. He's paying them less than the labor is truly worth. And we know this because he's making a profit. That's what profit is, by definition. If he's making a profit, then, by definition, some of the value of the other person's labor is going to him, and not to the person who did the labor. He's skimming off the top.
That profit rightfully belongs to the people who actually did the work - but it goes to the capitalist instead.
"Yes, because they're using his means of production! His equipment! His factory! He bought it! They're using his stuff, so they owe him a kind of 'fee' for the use of it, and that fee is the extra value they give him - the profit."
But why does he own the equipment in the first place? Why does the factory belong to him, rather than to the people who actually do the work in it?
"Because he bought it! With his own hard-earned money!"
You mean with money he gained by skimming off the labor of a previous set of workers at a previous factory. And he bought THAT factory with money he siphoned off the value of the labor of another set of workers at another factory.
That whole process is nothing more than a series of leechings, with each leeching providing the money to make the next purchase necessary to justify the next round of leechings. It's a scam. A capitalist is a scam artist who convinces other people to give him the fruits of their labor, and then uses those fruits to accumulate more power with which to justify taking more fruits from the labor of more people.
5. Capitalism Threatens the Continuity of Life on Earth
Capitalism makes water undrinkable, air unbreathable, soil unplantable, stars invisible, and silence impossible. It's remarkable when you think about it: At no other point in human history have we been unable to drink from streams, unable to see the stars. At no point in history could air make you sick. Until capitalism.
True independence can only be achieved through Local Self-Sufficiency, in which everything you need for survival is controlled by you - or at the very least, by people whom you know and trust - your neighbors.
When everything you need is within walking distance from where you sleep, then it no longer matters what the government's policies are - you'll have food on your table either way. You'll no longer have to beg the government for permission to do things, because if they say no, you still have everything you need. You can give them the finger. You can wait them out.
Our current civilization was designed to make us dependent on it, by taking away our ability to support ourselves without it, so that we might be perpetually under the control of it. Our communities have even been laid out in such a way as to keep us separated from our sources of food and energy, so that "THE ECONOMY" might insert itself between us and our sustenance, and thereby control who eats and who doesn't.
Ordinarily, if a worker is being abused by his boss, he could just tell the boss to buzz off. He could go home, grow his own food, and regroup his life. But he can't do that - not in this system, because the land has been re-purposed in such a way that there is no space for him to grow food. Where would the crops go?
Food has been consolidated into areas far away from where people actually live. And so, to get from farm to table, it must be transported across long distances. And that journey involves:
*Energy (fossil fuels), which can only be provided by corporations (controlled by the banks)
*Vehicles, also supplied by corporations
*Infrastructure (roads, bridges), which are claimed by government, and require its assent (in the form of licenses) to use, on pain of force
Thus, access to food becomes dependent on "THE ECONOMY", and anyone wishing to eat must submit to it, in the form of a boss, who is controlled by it through the hierarchical distribution of money.
This system exists to take power away from you, and put it in the hands of specific people (the elite clique who control the money-printing machine), and is utterly unnecessary for the fulfillment of needs. Every need you have - water, food, energy, and everything else - can be produced in abundance without this system, without "THE ECONOMY."
"But capitalism is constrained by law. If something is truly bad, dangerous, evil, or wrong, the society can simply legislate against it, pass a law against it, and the capitalist will be forced to respect it."
But at the same time, capitalism claims to have the right to make those very laws, and decide what they are and aren't. So if capitalist doesn't like a law (because it prevents him from expanding his money and power collection), he can simply change the law. All he has to do is convince enough people to go along with him. And his capital can be directly used for achieving that. The more capital he has, the more people he can persuade.
If it makes more money to destroy a river, then capitalism says to destroy it.
And if it's illegal, capitalism says to bribe the politicians to make it legal.
And as long as the price of bribing the politicians to make it legal to destroy the river is lower than the price of not destroying the river, then capitalism says to bribe them and destroy it.
But mankind can't make the laws. The mighty capitalist is powerless to change the fundamental nature of how the universe operates. All the money in the world can't change a single law of nature. It can't even budge them. The parameters that the biosphere requires for balance remain the parameters, no matter how many titans of industry, no matter how much elbow grease, no matter how much ingenuity, no matter how many "Yea" votes in the Congress or legislature. No person, no persons, and no group has the ability to change the true law.
Capitalism launches a full-scale assault on the natural systems that keep our world in balance. It is fundamentally opposed to the idea of sacredness - the idea that It denies all sacredness, and declares itself a god over all of Existence, consuming all in its path with no regard for any consequence. It brings out - deliberately - the evil potentialities in the human psyche, and declares them virtues. It sabotages - deliberately - the well-being and happiness of individuals, in order to create a misery void for its dumb products to fill. And it expects the society it exists in to hold together, despite all of this.
It goes against sacredness... it extracts power from everything in the natural world and everything in the social world, even if doing so corrupts them. Nothing is sacred to capitalism - everything is a target for exploitation and re-routing to absorb it into the market. It seeks to expand the market into every aspect and facet of human life. It wants everything to become a transaction - nothing working organically anymore, but everything transactional, involving money.
ultimately to control those things. just as the internet of things seeks to control all electronics (and eventually biology as well), capitalism was an earlier stage, a kind of preliminary internet of things, where every human action becomes controlled, not by a computer mainframe, but by money, and more importantly by the insitutions that control money - i.e. the "central banks" that print and create money.
the goal is to give these institutions power and influence over an ever expanding portion of human life, interactions, and relationships. the more of our lives and affairs that are dependent on money to operate, the more the institutions that control money control our lives and affairs. capitalism is a strategy for financial tyranny. capitalism seeks out every facet of human life, and looks for a way to sabotage that facet's ability to function without the use of money. It takes things that never required money - they were just done - based on instinct, tradition, and trust between people, - and restructures them to become transactional, based on buying and selling services, which require money. it does this for control. if you can't perform a task or relationship without money being involved, then you depend on money and it's controllers for that task or relationship.
ultimately a step towards technocracy
But it brings jobs to poor ppl in 3rd world
True, but they didnt need those jobs before capitalism arrived. Capitalism is the only reason they need those jobs in the first place.
Before capitalism, they lived in traditional, natural economies. Their ecosystem provided everything they needed. They had no money, but were perhaps richer than all of us.
Calitalism comes in, cuts down their forest and poisons their river, and now they no longer have a food source. So now the only place to obtain food is from the world capitalist economy, and for that they need money, and for that they need jobs.
These cultures have supported themselves for ten thousand years without capitalism. Capitalism comes in, destroys their ecosystem, the source of their sustenance - just erases it off the face of the planet - leaving them eviscersted and foundationless - and then has the arrogance to pat itself on the back for supplying them with "jobs" that they didnt even need until capitalism came along, to fill in the void that capitalism created in the first place.
This is just madness.
is a monotheist
who got the idea
that the best way
to honor the Creator
is by profaning Creation.
Capitalism takes the dazzling complexity and genius of the Creator, as expressed through His beautiful, unmatchable Creation, and reduces it to a "natural resource", a monetary quantity - a number in a bank account. That is profaning Creation.
Capitalism says that the land - the mother of Life, the consort of the Creator, whose body is the canvas upon which He paints - is property to be owned by businessmen, and bought, sold, and traded like beads in a marketplace. That is profaning Creation, and thus the Creator.
Capitalism equals the square root of the ratio of one over negative morality.
But its not really profit, because it doesnt actually increase wellbeing, it doesnt bring happiness. Capitalists are all miserable inside. They dont show it publocly, but in private their lives are devoid of anything but fleeting surface-level pleasures floating on a sea of existential angst and self-hatred. Every capitalist who reads this knows its true.
So it's not profit - it's power. Capitalists amass money from others, but the money doesnt bring true profit (happiness) - it merely brings power. Power over others.
And power is not a concrete thing in itself - it's a ratio. It's always over someone. Power can only exist in relation to someone who hasnt got power. So there are inherently winners and losers in the capitalist game. If there arent losers, then it doesnt work. Theres no point in gathering power If everyones a winner, it defeats the whole purpose of amassing power in the first place.
X cant be greater than Y AND Y be greater than X.
Everyone cant amass power. Some are going to have to lose it. If no one loses it, then no one is gaining it - and if no one is gaining power, then capital8sm isnt performing the function it wae intended for, because its intended functiok is to give sociopaths the excuse to act on their sociopathy and amass power over others (via amassing money).
So it has the need for losers built into it. There are losers because there have tovbe - because if there arent, then it defeats the whole intdnrion of capitalism. Capitalism necessitates loserrs. If youre a capitalist, you need losers. They exust because you need them.. you want them there.
Capitalism teaches that the way to fix society is for every X to be greatsr than every y and vice verda. For every letter of the alphabet to be greater than every other - which is mathematically impossible. It cant lead to prosperity for all - it can only lead ti it for some.
Question from Left:
"How to dismantle capitalism, if not comm or soc?"
In order to dismantle capitalism, you dont need to seize and redistribute money and resources - all you need to do is discard the concept of land ownership. The core of capitalism - the ability of an "owner" to extract (leech, siphon off) the products of other people's work - rests upon the idea of that person "owning" the land upon which the workers worked. Whether it's a farm or a factory, either way, the capitalist feels entitled to the fruits of other people's work because he considers the land, on which the work took place, his property. Discard that concept of him owning the land, and there's no longer a justification for his ownership of the fruits/products produced there.
To learn more about the higher-consciousness view of land and property in the New Paradigm, visit:
Three ideas have to go:
And this idea doesnt go against anything fumdamental - on the contrary, it aligns perfectly with nature and truth. Land is not property. The very idea of a member of an ecosystem owning the ecosystem of which he is a member, is nonsense. It would be like one tiny flake of skin on your arm claiming to own your entire body.
If a finger cannot own the hand,
Then a person cannot own the land.
For those who prefer religious language, land ownership reduces the miracle of Creation to a piece of property that can be bought, sold, and traded. It's profanity.
Land ownership is profanity.
Land ownership is a relic of barbarism, alongside owning animals and owning people. For thousands of years, it was considered normal and obvious that one person could own another. Now, that idea is downright offensive, to Lefties and Righties alike, and we view that ideas historical supporters as savages. The same will be the memory of the people who support animal ownership and land ownership today. Get yourself on the correct side of history!
"No land ownership? So we all become nomads, or homeless, or wards of the state?"
Nope. Don't jump to conclusions.
The land ownership system will be replaced by a system of specific rights - 8 of them, to be precise.
Binary vs. Scaled
Instead of one person owning the company and dictating everything like a monarch, the company will instead be owned collectively by the people who work in it, and decisions will be made democratically, by voting. Democratization of workplaces.