Michael Moore says in recent interviews that capitalism is a 16th century idea and socialism is a 19th century idea.
I wager that socialism was, in part, a reaction to the enthroning of corporations, a backlash against corporate personhood.
But socialism failed because it failed to DETHRONE the corporations and instead socialism simply decided that corporations would be preserved as government entities thus making government the corporation-in-chief, which AGAIN left the people in the hands of corporations anyway, and left the corporations DOUBLY enthroned, not just with human rights but with the authority of government!
And socialism might have germinated in the nineteenth century, but it did not have the fertile ground to sprout until the early twentieth century. It’s interesting to note that while no one in the socialist movement directly mentioned Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad, the fact is the ramifications of that case resulted in not only the endowment of human rights in a corporation, it also granted corporations the ability to become entities that could excercise their rights across international boundaries because of their control over markets which affected the entire world economy.
The creation of a privately owned central bank which controlled the money was the final nail in the coffin, thus removing the people’s voice in money policy as set forth in the Constitutional delagation to Congress as the entity which is supposed to “coin money”.
The creation of the Federal Reserve was NOT an amendment to the Constitution, it was an Act, thus it did not negate the Congressional responsibility but only assigned it to a private contractor, and a mercenary one at that.
Therefore I believe that socialism is a TWENTIETH CENTURY philosophy, perhaps with roots in the nineteenth century but in application it only found a foothold in the 20th.
And I am amazed (but not surprised) that in all these years the people in CONTROL of the DEBATE have managed to get away with limiting the discussion to just these two systems, and which might be better.
Neither system can be good because neither system serves the people.
And the truth is, corporations are NOT people, people are people!
Corporations are PROPERTY, corporations are OBJECTS.
But because corporations are now “people” we are back to the age old law of the jungle, the strong oppress the weak, until the weak are oppressed either to the breaking point, in which case the entire system collapses, or to the point of revolution, where the system is burned to the ground.
Prior to the enthroning of corporations, we DID have the strong oppressing the weak, but even the strong knew that one could only go so far before they oppressed too much.
That’s why we got the Magna Carta. That’s why the French stormed the Bastille.
But corporate personhood is such an elegant piece of all encompassing law that it renders the very element that separates mankind from beasts of the field innoble and worthless.
Because corporations are people too, being a person is worthless, and so are human rights, so is democracy.
There is nothing wrong with capitalim.
But what we have right now ain’t capitalism at all, not even remotely!
What we have, and HAVE had, for decades or even more, is corporatist oligarchy and welfare for the rich.
We have what may as well be termed a PEASANT economy, a modernized version of serfdom, complete with the robber barons and wealthy vassals.
No…sorry, this is NOT capitalism, not the system that your mother and father toiled under, not the system which rewarded their hard efforts with a taste of the American dream….
This is not capitalism that we were taught about in school, this is not capitalism that told us that there was an opportunity for those who followed the law, worked hard, took great pains to be well educated, put their best foot forward and perservered.
This is a corporatist feudal empire, and we are the many who are ground into dust under the heels of “juristic persons” whose corporate personhood provides for their enjoyment of “human rights” as it trumps the rights of all flesh and blood.
It’s not capitalism, it’s organized crime functioning “under the color of law”.
The truth is, we’ve never known real capitalism, not in our lifetimes.
We’ve been groomed to accept socialism since 1913 when the Federal Reserve was created, in what the Boston Globe termed the “Christmas Day Massacre”.
We know less about capitalism than the average Somalian knows about libertarianism, because at least the typical Somalian is functioning in what can technically be termed a libertarian utopia while we have a Federal Reserve chief blithely intoning that “credit is the lifeblood of our economy” ten minutes before he accepts the first fruits of a taxpayer bloodletting to the tune of nearly 800 billion dollars, a parting gift from the last administration.
They had to destroy the village in order to save it.
We didn’t rush out into the streets after Bernanke’s pronouncement because we instinctively and subconsciously knew that he was speaking the truth. It wasn’t an elemental or moral truth, or a moral absolute.
But he was speaking truth to power, announcing a fact that we had accepted long ago.
So, is that why there was no moral outrage upon his utterance of this poisonous treason?
The reason there was no moral outrage is because we have been shuttered from the moral absolute for so many decades that we’ve completely forgotten about its existence.
And “Helicopter Ben” was simply stating flatly what we already knew, the same way that Jesus states that his sheep know him. He was stating that he is The Master and we are The Slaves.
And instead of reaching for the gasoline bombs and the truncheons, we simply nodded in agreement, and reached for the orange juice.
The moral absolute in all of this is that only WEALTH can ever be the lifeblood of any economy, and credit does not equal wealth unless one happens to be one of the creditors.
Corporations have been enthroned as emperors, six hundred foot tall glass and steel sociopathic emperors who will stop at nothing, even kill, in order to enjoy the “human rights” granted to them under the auspices of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad (1886).
And the fiat currency system we operate under allows masters like Bernanke and all of his predecessors to legally counterfeit our nation’s wealth while calling it “elastic money” and
I guess that’s like situational ethics or moral relativism.
Well, when the Federal Reserve stopped publishing the M-3 figures about two years ago, it dropped all remaining pretense about what it planned to do.
Indeed, this is more than just a Minsky moment, it’s also a Zappa moment, as the illusion of freedom is quickly becoming too expensive to maintain, and soon we will watch as the tables and chairs are moved out of the way, the curtain is raised, and the brick wall at the back of the theater is exposed.
We have what’s left of a gutted Constitution, which the last president referred to in a fit of rage as “just a goddam piece of paper”.
And we do NOT have a capitalist system, not since the last gold and silver coins jingled in the pockets of grandfathers who didn’t trust banks and “the new greenback foldin money”.
In the imprimatur of a like minded sociopath, John Voight in “Enemy of the State”, “we fought the war, and now we’re fighting the peace”.
We fought the engineered depression, and now we’re headed toward a faux recovery, a recovery that is a part of the new illusion.
The masters of the universe would have you believe that a president, who is but a mere puppet of the real owners, intends to junk the Constitution, declare capitalism a failure and announce a dictatorship.
The fact is, we have very little left of a constitution that can be excercised, save for a gun toting New Hampshirian who can waddle around strapped like a ghetto gangsta O.G. within a few feet of the puppet president and distract both us AND the Secret Service for at least one more day, we have no real wealth to back up all the soon to be Weimarian currency and all the opportunities now appear to be in the hands of the very folks we fought the Cold War against, the Red Chinese.
And we have “tea baggers” who have no earthly idea what they’re screaming about, being led by a man who fancies himself to be the new Howard Beale.
Lenin must be very pleased. His “useful idiots” are useful once again.
Howard Beale must be rolling over in his grave.
(And I still believe the Brady Center paid off that idiot in New Hampshire to show up with his pistol strapped to his leg.)
There’s no need for a dictatorship when the people are staring into the abyss.
All that is needed is a strongman to place the blame upon the appropriate scapegoat and the transformation will be complete. The people will beg for authoritarian rule.
Nero fiddles as Rome burns.