The Basic Problem of "Capitalism"

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"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" was a popular old saying, I'm sure where or how often I've heard it but this was my guiding light as a young man. I wanted to build a company. To me, a business was the closest thing to actual life that a man could create and it was the greatest thing a man could do in my young mind.

 

Business is now run with a legal system that is an expression of common law, refined over two thousand years, starting with the Greeks and the Bible. It mirrors natural competition. It rewards those who work hard and are brilliant. Good laws are largely responsible for good business. You can't have good business with bad laws.

 

I don't care if Steve Jobs had a 200 million dollar yacht, the PC revolution has enriched most of our lives, me more than most. Henry Ford made the world smaller. In this sense, a rising tide lifts all ships. I like and admire people like Steve Jobs and much more so, Henry Ford.

 

I don't have the abilities of those guys, those abilities can exist in the imagination of a young man that has not yet realized that he is just another "cheerio in a great big box of cheerios" ( I think I got that from "Ozarks", a Netflix series)

 

Many of us never grow out of that, especially in a world where everyone is "special". Why can't I have that yacht or jet airplane ? I've worked hard, I deserve it too. Why does that other guy get it and not me? You are just another cheerio in a box of cheerios just like me. You have never worked anywhere near as hard or as smart as they have, just like me.

 

In a socialist world no one would ever invent a car or an airplane. That kind of stuff didn't come from communist China or USSR, it came from free countries. What has a communist ever done that has been noteworthy that hasn't been the spreading of war, pestilence or disease?

 

The problem with capitalism occurs when it breaks biblical law, the separation of powers. Its only when corporations get involved with governments and our legislators are required to serve two masters that creates all of the corruption. The corporate attorneys eat from the tree of knowledge in using the letter of the law rather than the spirit to serve a conscience free profit objective.

 

Our politicians have been serving two masters since the USA started, and starting with the big oil interests and have essentially switched to only serving one master, the Fed since 1933.

 

The conflict of interest problem could be fixed by returning to the law, not writing new ones.

 

The problem with capitalism is not greed, if someone gets too greedy it doesn't last long, competitors come along and take his position. "Greed is Good" and Gecko was right.

 

This conflict of interest is the root problem, to a far greater degree than just "political corruption". Its the representatives job to co operate with the payment of the phoney national debt so they are in the pockets of the filthy rich, not the creative rich. The filthy rich live off purely corruption. The creative rich make our lives better.

 

Government protectionism protects corporations from competitors and creates a crony capitalism that Lefties confuse for free enterprise.

  

This problem may seem unsolveable, I don't have a solution, you probably don't have one either and if you do, its probably been thought about before and dismissed.

 

Identifying the problem in and of itself is the first step toward finding a solution. If the problem cannot be solved, there is no point in trying to imagine that the problem is something else or merely lies in the side effects of this problem - kill the side effects and the illness goes away?

 

If the problem itself becomes well understood, maybe a Henry Ford will think of something and know what to do. If we do not acknowledge this problem, that Henry Ford may never even think about it. A solution is not possible this way. We continue to mop floors instead of turning off the water.

 

You can trace all of our problem to basic issues in reason. Preventing us from using reason has been  the devils most successful strategy. Reason does not get used often enough, we get lost in debating empirical facts. The communist brainwashing encourages us to use empirical facts rather than reason.

 

The assault on Christians and the assault on capitalism have a common root.

 

 

Comments

Leroy Added Feb 9, 2018 - 8:16pm
Regardless of what you call it, we are all capitalists.  We may play by different rules but we all seek our best advantage within those rules.  It is human nature.
Tom C. Purcell Added Feb 9, 2018 - 8:25pm
Capitalism can parallel Darwinism, really.  The natural world is more or less a capitalist one only, non-humans seem to play fair.  We have a warped capitalism in the U.S.  Freedom is great but we have to ask ourselves if we're truly free.  I mean, look at your public schools, local infrastructure, cost of living and so on.  Then look at your paystub and the amount of taxes syphoned out by this free, just and fair, top-heavy capitalist government seem to live for, or under, and not with.
opher goodwin Added Feb 10, 2018 - 4:22am
The big mistake you make is to assume everyone thinks like you.
I wouldn't want to be Steve Jobs - he's dead.
I never aspired to be Steve Jobs. I am very comfortable the way I am. I don't want a yacht or a penthouse suite. When I look at the super-rich I wonder how they can sleep. They get there through exploitation. I compare them to the kids playing in the sewage, the people dying in desperation, the families deliberately breaking the legs and arms of their kids and twisting them into grotesque shapes so that they can be more successful begging - while the super-rich buy another yacht.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 10, 2018 - 6:00am
re "They get there through exploitation. "
 
  No. The George Soro's and Hillary Clinton types get there through exploitation, crime, drug dealing and prostitution and war profiteering.
  They are jealous of the Steve Jobs and Henry Fords. They tell you that the Steve Jobs and Henry Fords get their positions through exploitation and you believe it because you hear it all the time. Repetition is programming.
  The Bolsheviks want you to be eating your children. The "big wig" types like Ford or Jobs are very moral people and they tend to know moral philosophy well and they are interested in building, not just pure greed and they do make the world better, and that was their intention.
  Not all capitalists are bad, that is very simple thinking.
  George Soros has admitted he is bad and we have seen how Hillary Clinton laughed and was so happy about what they did to Ghaddafi. We have seen how Madelin Albright thought that murdering 300K Iraqui children was worth it for her agenda. This is sick Leftism, not productive capitalism. Through ignorance of the basic problem we allow these people to exist. The left actually celebrates and worships evil. They call themselves Luciferians.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 10, 2018 - 8:17am
You are confusing the guy that wants to steal a bit of your paycheque with the guy who wants to make a better pair of shoes. The guy who wants to make you a better pair of shoes must play by the rules set by the guy who wants to steal part of your paycheque (income tax).
  The George Soro's and Hillary Clinton's and the bullet makers work from stealing money that you earn. They make war on other states so they can set up the same system - taking peoples money in the form of the income tax. They create debt which gets them to create more laws than they use the laws to steal your money and to make war on other countries to steal their money.
  The Left isn't just about raping babies, they want to steal your money too.
Dino Manalis Added Feb 10, 2018 - 1:41pm
Corporations must always compete to serve the public well, while government has to prevent monopolies to maintain an ideal capitalist system.
Tamara Wilhite Added Feb 10, 2018 - 4:17pm
The problem is government so big and powerful that businesses can buy special favors, whether tax breaks for just them or passing rules to hinder their competition.
The solution is far smaller and much more limited government.
George N Romey Added Feb 10, 2018 - 11:39pm
The issue is that hedge fund managers and the like load the world up on leverage and it only serves their purpose. There was a reason Henry Ford hated Wall Street.
 
Also corporations now in many cases are more powerful than sovereign nations. Do you want GE shoving their version of globalization up your ass.
Jeff Jackson Added Feb 11, 2018 - 2:44am
Unfortunately, corporations follow money. The big American corporations have staked positions in China, which would be interesting to see what would happen if there was any sort of military conflict between China and us.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 11, 2018 - 11:58pm
Voters do not know how to think. Canadians will count signs on lawns and voter for whoever has the most signs, or vote for who their grandaddy voted for. They will vote for nice hair and legalized pot.
opher goodwin Added Feb 12, 2018 - 5:41am
Doug - yeah I knew that about Hilary any time I wanted to hire a whore or top up my crystal meth I'd give her a call.
As for Jobs and the rest they merely scam us on price. That's not exploitation is it? Yeah - it is in my book.
As for the Bolsheviks - they are all so fat on the babies they eat they can't move to cause any trouble.
But you're big on the truth Doug. You've never been brainwashed. That's for sure.
Gotta go now Doug - lot of babies to get raped before the day's done.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 12, 2018 - 8:51am
re "As for Jobs and the rest they merely scam us on price. That's not exploitation is it? Yeah - it is in my book."
 
The free market establishes value. You are better off having the phone than you are having the $400.00. Jobs is better off having your $400.00. He doesn't force you to trade with him.
  The problems start when gov comes in and prevents someone from giving you the same phone for $300.00 because they got donations from Jobs. (crony capitalism)
  If Jobs is overcharging, someone can come and do it for less, without crony capitalism.
George N Romey Added Feb 12, 2018 - 9:31am
Much of capitalism is exploitation in the sense you are being sold things that are nice to have but not necessary. About 100 years ago mass advertising began and we’ve been buying “stuff” ever since.
Dave Volek Added Feb 12, 2018 - 12:45pm
Doug
Its only when corporations get involved with governments and our legislators are required to serve two masters that creates all of the corruption.
 
Well. Politicians need to play both sides of the fence. Give a certain demographic more than they deserve to placate them on voting day or for when on street protests are being organized. And give a certain demographic special favors for helping you become elected. Being a politician is indeed a paradoxical skill set.
 
Doug Plumb Added Feb 12, 2018 - 5:58pm
Its not OK and its not lawful. There is nothing good or lawful about pragmatism, especially when its short term pragmatism.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 12, 2018 - 5:58pm
Maybe the problem with capitalism isn't a problem with capitalism.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 12, 2018 - 6:32pm
"Maybe the problem with capitalism isn't a problem with capitalism."
 
I agree. There are only poor alternatives to this system. 
Doug Plumb Added Feb 12, 2018 - 7:48pm
All other systems are worse because they give absolute power to rulers where capitalism does not.
Robert Burk Added Feb 13, 2018 - 4:42am
What if the failure of capitalism not to abide by the rules of our creator extends to capitalism itself..... what if greed or love of money was the same as the profit motive? What if the church was more than a club and was actually a different kind of social organization in which the profit motive was not needed? What if since Ad am and Eve left Eden we have been on a wrong path known as Babylon? Perhaps if these things were true our capitalism and civilizations would not work so well. It would suggest that when we like the Isrealites fail to obey God things do not work out as well as we might hope. It might even suggest we ought to change our ways. But let me ask you all one question, what is the possibility that since Eden we have lived in Babylon and that system is known to us as liberalism and liberalism encompasses our economics and politics up to and incuding democracy. Do you think you can fix this system or do you think it would need replacing? (Provisio: communism and socialism and fascism are all variations of liberalism so cannot be considered viable alternatives to what we have now).
Doug Plumb Added Feb 13, 2018 - 5:49am
We have to accept that we do live in Babylon and that while living in the world is a compromise and we may have to get our truth from rationalism (conservatism) at times or empiricism (liberalism) at others. Ultimately, right and wrongs are judged with rationalism.
  Robots are going to change society in ways that are hard to imagine. Most of us will be out of work. Should we be left to starve? How will humans behave when they do not have to work or keep a schedule? Will we suffer and eventually die from the tragedy of perfection?
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 13, 2018 - 11:48am
Robert Burk
 
"(Provisio: communism and socialism and fascism are all variations of liberalism so cannot be considered viable alternatives to what we have now)."
 
Exactly and a mixture of these three failed systems can be found in CA, MA, WA, OR and in big cities like Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and more.
 
We might call these pevertmunisms. [new word]
Stephen Hunter Added Feb 16, 2018 - 7:21am
Doug I think you nailed it with this line; The filthy rich live off purely corruption. The creative rich make our lives better. 
So how can we evolve Capitalism, so that the filthy rich do not sku the game by using their power to bend or change the rules in their favor, which keeps adding to the great divide of wealth, which just keeps on accelerating? 
I think we get caught up with names and the emotional attachment to them. Socialism means evil to so many, so we tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
SH
 
Being rich sans some leftist morality is  bad--according to the left. 
 
"So how can we evolve Capitalism, so that the filthy rich do not sku the  game by using their power to bend or change the rules in their favor, which keeps adding to the great divide of wealth, which just keeps on accelerating? "
 
We have tried numerous 'solutions' to the problem of capitalism but we always get some slime-bag dictator who lives in splendor [Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Mao, Kim, Chavez or Maduro, Ortega, Mugabe, etc.] while the people get less and economy turns to crap.  
 
I haven't heard the land reform platitude bandied about for a while. Why not try that again?
 
Losers stay losers on the bottom rung. Abandon hope.
 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Feb 17, 2018 - 9:37am
@ Doug. If the problem itself becomes well understood, maybe a Henry Ford will think of something and know what to do. If we do not acknowledge this problem, that Henry Ford may never even think about it. A solution is not possible this way. We continue to mop floors instead of turning off the water.
 
That floor analogy is deep. I wonder, though, if we will be scientific, should we not accept that in motion as in life, a point of reflection is reached, then a critical point? Therein a change from positive to negative is made, them a point where shit comes to a stop and falls to begin the process anew.  A graph of this equation will reveal same. y= -2x^2. Simply asked, as the sun will burn out its fuel, will not all processes comes to an end?
Doug Plumb Added Feb 19, 2018 - 7:14am
re "So how can we evolve Capitalism, so that the filthy rich do not sku the game by using their power to bend or change the rules in their favor, which keeps adding to the great divide of wealth, which just keeps on accelerating? "
 
Knowledge of law, rejection of lobbyists at the White House in all corporate forms. The mixing of the public and the private is very much at the root of things gone wrong. Christ warned us about those who mix water with wine. Elect people that think along rational self preserving lines.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 19, 2018 - 7:17am
@Dr Green, sure they will end or be Hegelian in the sense you say. But we do have control, the idea we do not is an illusion. Public opinion still rules, this is why so much effort is put into shaping it and assaulting it.
 
The Bolsheviks do eventually destroy everything, including themselves. The movie that I just did an essay about, The Checkist is about this idea. We all just die in the process.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 19, 2018 - 7:20am
re "Losers stay losers on the bottom rung. Abandon hope."
 
There is no "poor" in the West. You have access to clean water, heat shelter and the library of the world, the art of the world and the knowledge of this world. Its all on your smart phone. No one one hundred years ago could deny that being wealth.
   
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 19, 2018 - 5:14pm
DP
 
"There is no "poor" in the West"
 
Have you been to San Fran? Did you know 1/3 of all homeless reside in California?