Capitalism is Not a Fact of Nature

I avoid asserting what most ideological Capitalists like to assert, and that is that Capitalism is natural, more organic to humans and their interactive needs than any other socio-economic system. The fact that this is dogma is attested to by just how many Americans believe this without thought or if there is thought, without question. This is not the beginning of a diatribe on the evils of Capitalism or the virtues of Marxism–neither is in itself true. The argument herein is simple: no economic system is more organic to humans than another. What is inevitable for humans in their social interactions is to develop an economic system, whether that is a complex one or simple one. Any economic system in particular is a product of culture; culture being whatever is done by a people in a time and in a place among themselves. Culture is anything produced including ideas and systems of interaction. So, any economic system is in itself a cultural product and thereby adaptive to the needs and the negotiations of the culture.

Capitalism is not more natural to humans than let us say Feudalism. Feudalism is not more organic than Communism or varieties of Socialism. Capitalism and Feudalism serve different social ends, if not because of this, different social needs for those whose ends are not directly or principally served. But a society develops the system it needs (and (necessity is also subject to social negotiations, but not always equally or with a balanced effect from all of its members); or a society allows a system to grow in whatever way serves the needs of those who control power, those who stand in authority or disseminate influence. In America, Capitalism, more specifically, finance capitalism, serves the needs of the monied and power elite.

To perpetuate the kind of elitist control of society, where 1% if the population controls more than 50% of the wealth, yes, capitalism is more suited. Humans are always confusing their culture for nature, though, so economic systems being the product of cultures, it is inevitable that we will assume the socio-economics are facts of nature. In America, the socio-economic system that binds Americans financially is understood to be more natural for humans because what is more natural for Americans, or so we are trained to think (or parrot), Americans will assume is more natural for all people in the world. This is how the ideas behind or within discussions of human freedom and democracy are always bound up with the advance of corporate capitalism in its financial control of the world, at least from all who have sworn allegiance to Western Bourgeois Capitalism. It becomes the new colonialism in the world. The American Empire is now. The true horror in this existence is rooted in just how much violence economic inequalities such as the kind we are developing have brought historically. The American media entertainment versions of bread and circuses will reach a saturation and no longer be able to placate the masses who are a lot closer to starving and being homeless than even they would like to think. When the state can no longer serve the needs of its soldiers returning from foreign wars fought for Wall Street or the Oil Gangsters, that would be a very frightening scenario.

The arrogance of power and money will be their downfall, but not until they virtually sell a generation of Americans and their children down river. We are heading for a bloodletting that only the Jacobin or Bolsheviks could rival–and who wants that?


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