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Some Other Egalitarianist Perspectives on the Problems Associated with Capitalism


As you will read in our 'The Capitalist Scam' web pages, contrary to what you are being led to believe by our political and business leaders, the competitive, economically stratified society is not only invalid (as we discuss on our other pages), it is also not making us more efficient and it is not making our society a better place to live in, but is instead dragging us down economically and socially (as well as environmentally and ecologically). Below are some other perspectives on capitalism and elitism in general.    

War  

Within our democratic-capitalist society, each individual, family, and company is required to economically fend for themselves within an economically competitive social environment. That is, whether or not you are aware of it, we are all at war against each other: an economic war, which entails....

  • As individuals, being in an economic war against all other individuals, all domestic and international companies, and the government.
  • As a nation, being in an economic war against other nations and international companies.
  • As an employee, being in an economic war against your employer.
  • As an employee, being a soldier for a company that is in economic war against all other domestic and international companies, all individuals, and the government.
  • As a shareholder of a company, being in an economic war against the shareholders of all other national and international companies, other nations, the government, and all individuals.

However, there is no winner in this highly complex economic war because it has no end, and so one can only be winning or losing at any one point in time. Because the AEM can't do anything about the international economic war (at present), we are only concerned here with our domestic economic wars: the wars that we can do something about at present. 

The domestic economic war is akin to a civil military war, except that our domestic economic war is a major aspect of the nationís constitution, which is why the domestic aspect of our economic wars cannot end unless we change our constitution. Unfortunately, the domestic economic war means that each individual is also in economic war with the leaders of the state, which means that the leaders of the state, including democratic leaders will always have an economic conflict of interests when redistributing the wealth and creating laws.   

Right from the outset, it does not sound as though this Ďeverybody against everybodyí economic war is conducive to achieving such things/ideals as.... 

  • social cohesion or national unity
  • reducing conflict between people
  • reducing conflicts of interest
  • a society in which everybody is happy to participate and to do their best for
  • trusting each other
  • openness
  • supportiveness
  • nurturing
  • political and legal equality
  • stable government
  • loyalty
  • economic security
  • being an appreciated member of one big cooperative family
  • appreciation and respect for others

However, it definitely does seem as though it is conducive to creating.... 

  • conflicts between people
  • conflicts of interest
  • monopolies
  • endemic self-interest
  • unstable leadership
  • an underclass
  • many forms of corruption
  • property crime
  • conspiracies
  • gambling
  • tax evasion
  • cheating
  • fraud
  • black-markets
  • ruthlessness
  • greediness and fear of falling (from elitism)
  • distrust in others
  • exploitation
  • domination and subservience
  • passing the blame and the costs associated with accepting the blame
  • suppression
  • oppression
  • concealment
  • stress
  • fear
  • paranoia
  • suicide
  • poor social cohesion
  • isolation
  • disloyalty
  • back-stabbing
  • meanness
  • bitterness
  • resentment

Likewise, the international economic war does not sound as though it is conducive to.... 

  • peace
  • trust
  • world harmony

Just as a military civil war expends a great proportion of the nationís wealth on the costs associated with paying soldiers and purchasing the tools of war, so does an economic war have high costs associated with paying wages and purchasing the tools of economic war (which we will detail shortly). And while everybody in the nation contributes economically to a military war, usually involuntarily, in our domestic economic war, each individual or family, each company, and the nation need to expend a sizable proportion of their own wealth, in purchasing their own tools of economic war. By the tools of economic war, we are referring to those services that one is wise to consume if one wishes to survive the economic war, such as.... 

  • insurance cover on anything valuable one owns, or anything belonging to someone else the one might damage.
  • bank accounts for securely storing and investing oneís money.
  • superannuation schemes.
  • security services and equipment to protect oneís property.
  • accountants to manage oneís financial affairs.
  • investment companies and stockbrokers for investing oneís money.
  • credit schemes. 
  • workersí unions.
  • legal services.
  • advertising and marketing.

As you know, money is also a tool of the economic war because one can make money from money, which also means that all the ways in which people make money (e.g. oneís job, owning a company) range from being poor to excellent tools of economic war (which serves to make the economic war exponentially more complex again). Behaviour such as working longer to acquire more money is also a common strategy in this economic war, and so is being frugal. For many people, gaining an education is motivated by the economic war. And all this is done because everybody is aware that those with more money will always hold an advantage over those who possess less money in this economic war. And unfortunately, you are also in an economic war with the providers of the tools of economic war, and this means that those who offer these services also have a great conflict of economic interests. But then again, so do your employers and all those companies that you purchase any products from.      

And just as domestic and international manufacturers of the tools of military war are making a fortune from military wars, and who therefore have a strong incentive to see that the war continues; our domestic and international suppliers of the tools of economic war are also making a fortune out of our economic war, and they therefore also have a strong incentive to see that the economic war continues. 

What we have discussed so far provides you with the general idea that the economically stratified society comes with an awful lot of expensive baggage, which we, the citizens are paying for, and which will become totally unnecessary within an economically Egalitarian society. To give you some idea of how inefficient we have become, consider this.

  • Only 4% of the nationís work force is involved in the banking, insurance, accounting, finance, and security industries, but these industries drain off over 20% of the nationís total gross profits (i.e. over $45 Billion annually). In an economically Egalitarian society, these industries will now longer be required (It is also extremely suspicious that the ACCC has never investigated these industries for unfair trading or collusion). 
        
  • Domestic advertising or marketing currently also cost the nation another fortune per year. In the AEM's Egalitarian society, we spend almost no money on advertising and marketing because we are very happy when you don't buy anything because it saves on material and human resources.    
         
  • As such, paper and ink usage will reduce dramatically, which will also saves the nation another fortune each year, and thousands of acres of land that are currently being used to grow timber for paper advertising products. 

For the society in general (i.e. taxpayers and consumers), the economic war serves to waste another enormous pile of money. For example....

  • Because we need to extract tax from each money-earning individual and company, we need people to think out new ways to acquire tax from everybody, people to process and enforce tax laws, and accountants to service individuals and companies and to find ways of reducing their tax bills. We also need a lot of very smart, and very expensive people to make sense of the endlessly complex economy that is created by our economic war. CEOs often make well over $10M by the time they leave a company, and often after only a few years. Apparently, these wages are required to get the best, and the best means being able to work the economic war better than anybody else. In the Egalitarian society, such geniuses will not be required for this purpose because running a business: even running a big business becomes much simpler (See our 'A More Humanised Workplace Culture' web page, and other pages for details). 
          
  • Currently, conmen, over-charging, and other rip offs cost the nation, or rather individuals and companies another fortune each year. These behaviours are a product of our economic war, which can no longer occur in the AEMís version of Egalitarianism, and there is also no incentive for them to occur anymore. Find out more about this in our 'The AEM's Egalitarian Economy' page and our 'The Prevention of Corruption, Overcharging, Black-Markets, Stealing Money, Blackmail, Confidence Artists, Protection Rackets, Organized Crime, Rip-Offs, Illegal Immigration, and Black Money' page. 
        
  • Currently, property crime (including white collar, computer hacking, and police corruption), another inevitable consequence of the economic war, and the costs associated with catching these people, cost the country billions of dollars per year. Almost all property crime will disappear in the AEM's Egalitarian society.
         
  • Legal services associated will property crimes, law suites, corporate law, and other money issues currently cost the nation even more. These legal services will also almost become totally redundant with in the AEM's Egalitarian society.

At the same time, those people who are involved in these fields can now start doing something productive for the country, and this should eventually serve to generate a sizable increase in the income of our society. Your contemporary leaders can only dream of achieving the economic efficiency created by becoming an Egalitarian society, and we also have all those social benefits that are listed on the 'Home' web page to enjoy.   

There are quite a few other similarities that we can identify between military wars and economic wars (e.g. the physical structure of the society, the shaping of the culture over generations of war), For example, while a military war rages, the society takes a beating, and we can expect see such things as.... 

  • refugees
  • fatherless families
  • orphans
  • no farming
  • poverty
  • high rates of death, particularly amongst young adults
  • less education
  • no social services
  • destroyed infrastructure

While an economic war rages, the society also takes a beating. We can expect see such things as.... 

  • long-term unemployment
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • suicides
  • broken marriages
  • aboriginal poverty
  • child labour
  • struggling social services
  • bankruptcies

And just as the refugees of a civil war help to keep the wages (of soldiers or any workers) down as low as they can go, (long-term) unemployment created by our domestic economic war also helps to keep wages (of workers) down.

When a civil war ends, all sides.... 

  • will no longer need to waste the countryís money purchasing tools of war.
  • can stop wasting the intellectual and physical labour of the countryís people on trying to win the war.

Instead, the nationís money and physical and intellectual labour can be used to make the country more productive, within a more cooperative domestic environment, and it can also be used for badly needed social services.

When our domestic economic war ends (i.e. when we are economically egalitarian or in economic peace time)....

  • all of us will no longer need to waste money consuming the tools of economic war.

  • all individuals and companies can stop wasting time, brains, energy, and money fighting and plotting against each other.

  • our governments can stop wasting their time and energy, and our money trying to manage it.

  • our legal, law enforcement, and social services can stop wasting their time and energy, and our money dealing with the social problems that are perpetually created by this economic war.

Instead, and once again, the nationís money and physical and intellectual labour can be used to make the country more productive, within a more cooperative domestic environment, and it can also be used for badly needed social services.

So, the idea that our domestic economic war (i.e. capitalism) is good for the economy and the society is about as funny as the idea that civil war is good for the economy and the society. The truth is that just as in a civil war, our domestic economic war (and also the global economic war) is dragging us down economically, socially, environmentally, and ecologically.

These economic wars are also the reason behind.... 

  • Land clearing continuing at an alarming rate,

  • Our non-renewable resources being extracted as fast as possible,

  • Most strikes, 

  • The abuse of power for self-interested reasons,

  • Monopolies,

  • Tax and tax fraud,

  • Becoming motivated to gamble,

  • Insurance companies resisting to pay up,

  • Inflation,

  • The government under funding such services as education, health care, and family services,

  • Being encouraged to consume more than we need, 

  • and many other money and resource consuming practices, which we have come to accept as normal within our society.    

Those who are brought up in a time of economic peace will not be able to fully comprehend what it must have been like during the economic war, just as our generation cannot fully comprehend what it is like to live within a military war zone (for many generations). And you may find it hard to understand what it is like to live in economic peace time, just as those who were born into a long-running civil war found it hard to imagine what their society would be like when the war ends, but you mustn't let yourself become too afraid of ending the war that you have become accustomed to (i.e. being afraid of the unknown). There is nothing to fear and everything to gain for yourself and your descendants.   

But if our contemporary leaders and elite have their way, it is a war that would never end, because they are telling you that this is the best way to go. And they believe this because they are doing very well in this economic war. And besides, what war? Your governments often remind you that you are very lucky to be free and living in a country at peace. This is not war they say. It is all good healthy competition, which will ultimately be beneficial for the society. But nobody wins a war, least of all average citizens. You are in an economic war against individuals and companies that own billions of dollars, and this is why they have been winning this war from long before you were born, and will continue to do so. However, if nobody will admit that there is a war, nobody will ever begin to seek peace.     

The sad thing is that for many wealthy people, the economic war is an addictive game, which has no point except to make money. There is nothing like the thrill of winning big money, and it is very easy to believe that it means that one is something special, which is why winning a battle in the economic war is such a hit. The elite don't need to make more money, but they can't resist their capability to do so and the social power it provides. In the beginning it is like gold fever, but eventually we often economically dominate people for fun, and often continue to work long hours doing so. Later, we fear losing our wealth, which usually inspires us to do whatever we can to maintain our addiction, and many of us will be quite ruthless about it. Companies on the other hand, particularly companies listed on the stock market are virtually obligated to make more money as part of their function within the economic war, and particularly when there is no end to the economic war. For most elites and big companies, social benefits don't enter into the equation, regardless of how well they justify themselves to the society.     

To finish, think about this. To believe that economic incentives are required to maintain and develop your society is the same as believing that you need war to maintain and develop your society. However, there are many people who do believe that they need war to maintain and develop their society because war has long been a major part of their relations with neighbouring peoples, and you believe that you need economic incentives to maintain and develop your society because this is what has long been a major part of your relations with other people within your society. And those who gain and maintain power and social respect through doing well within a military war are likely to believe and to tell their people that war is a necessary part of life, just as those who gain and maintain power and social respect because they have succeeded within the economically stratified society are also likely to believe and to tell their people that economic incentives are a necessary part of life. And neither group would hear of changing things.   

To gather a more comprehensive picture of the waste in labour, resources, and money derived through living within our economic wars, it is worth reading J. W. Smith's book, "World's Wasted Wealth II". Chapter 1 and extracts from other chapters can be found at http://www.ied.info/books/www/intro.html. While this book relates mainly to the USA, it is just as relevant in understanding the waste that occurs within any economically stratified society, and particularly capitalist states. 


Merging

Why do companies merge? They merge for the same reasons that people merge together to form a society, and the same reasons that countries or colonies merge together to form a greater nation. That is, companies merge to become more economically powerful in the marketplace by combining resources and cutting the costs of management and administration. Also, they no longer need to compete against those companies that they have merged with (which is why it is often perceived as anti-competitive behaviour). However, in Australia (and most other places), much of the benefits derived from the citizens merging together to form a nation are lost because within the nation, each privately owned company is left to fend for itself within the domestic and international marketplaces. When Australia becomes an Egalitarian state, it is akin to all Australian companies merging together to become a super company, in which resources are shared, buying power is considerably increased, and management and administration costs are considerably reduced. And reducing costs will serve to make Australian products and services much more exportable, and increased buying power will serve to make imported products and services considerably cheaper.     


Little Kings  

Amongst the said benefits of becoming a capitalist society is that all the taxes that were going into the King's coffers could now be used to provide greater funding for social services. However, because we all pay taxes within our capitalist society, most of us have become like little Kings who also resist digging into our coffers to fund social services. Indeed, we are forever complaining about paying taxes, and governments who wish to remain in government are forced to pander to our resentment by keeping income taxes as low as possible. Consequently, social services are always inadequately funded, and this problem is becoming worse with every decade. The AEM gets past this problem because no one pays income tax, as social services are generally funded by the profits derived from state owned businesses (i.e. all businesses). Further, because all members of the society, including members of government and their families, receive the same wage and use the same social services, high quality of services are guaranteed. 


Elitism is a Social Sickness  

Elitism is a social sickness that is created and perpetuated by those who crave power and wealth, and who have succeeded in acquiring, maintaining, and securing power and wealth. Even though most societies treat their economic elites as success stories, they are only successful within a socially dysfunctional culture that has been shaped by the self-indulgent ambitions of the most power hungry, greedy, and ruthless people within the society, and such people can not be described as possessing well-balanced personalities. In a functional society, free of this social sickness (and even in a society with this social sickness), one who wants more than everybody else displays that one has not yet emotionally matured as much as your average 13 year old child. Such people are always going to exist (especially in a society that encourages us to be so self-interested), and they would be relatively harmless and productive members of the society provided that we don't allow them to actually have more wealth or more power than others. It is like giving alcohol to alcoholics. There is no end to their desire for more, and there is no end to the fear of losing the advantages that they have already gained. 

You might be saying to yourself that you want more power or wealth than others, and you do. We all do. We continually see what life at the top is like compared to life at the bottom and we know what we would prefer. And we all want an easier lifestyle. This is why we refer to it as a social sickness. It affects almost everybody within the society because the existence and the deliberate visibility of elitism nurtures this sickness, and this not only serves to further develop this social sickness, it makes it much harder to cure. It also serves to make the quest for more, even more ruthless. It is because the social sickness of elitism is so contagious and addictive that it takes several generations of Egalitarianism for the society to get over it properly. Fortunately for most of us however, we don't ever achieve the fulfillment of these desires (because we are not as obsessed as those who succeed, or we are not prepared or able to do whatever it takes), and this forces us to grow up to a fair extent. We still want more than others, but since we have had no choice but to cope with not having more than others, we are kept in touch with reality. 

Most elites are caught up in the game of making money. They no longer need to play the game, as they have more than enough wealth to retire in luxury if they want to. Instead however, they often become motivated to work even harder because making money is extremely rewarding and addictive. It is a lot like gold fever, and it is unlikely that most people will resist the opportunity to make lots of money when they can now do it so easily (i.e. because money makes money). Therefore, the wealthier one becomes, the more incentive one has to keep playing the moneymaking game. It's like betting on the horses: it gets in to your blood, and you can't resist having another dabble.   

Elitism is actually an anti-social or socially dysfunctional social sickness. That is, it puts the economic interests of individuals (and their families and companies) ahead of the interests of the society, and this is why elitism causes of a whole range of social problems (as discussed on our other web pages). Elites deny that they are totally dependent upon the exploitation of the society to be elite, and instead claim that the society is dependent upon elitism. The belief that we need the promise of wealth to inspire people to improve our society and technology indicates that the way we think (or rather, the way we have been brought up to think) is socially dysfunctional. That is, if we thought in a socially functional way, the promise of wealth is not required to inspire us to improve our society or our technology if we perceive it as socially beneficial to do so. In fact, the promise of wealth tends to motivate us to place our self-interests ahead of, and at the expense of the interests of our society. As such, elitism tends to stifles the process whereby the society takes care of individuals, and where individuals take care of the society, and it instead encourages the development of a heartless economically stratified society. And then it serves to prevent economically isolated non-elite individuals in their ability to be competitive against those people who have already become economically elite (which of course, was always the plan), thereby preventing these people from improving society or technology, even for self-interested reasons. Elitism is the product of blatant domination, and as such it nurtures the ideology of the bully (The personalities of economic bullies are no less socially dysfunctional than the personalities of schoolyard bullies).    

However, most elites are deluded about their own self-importance and actually do believe that they deserve more power or wealth, although it is also true to say that possessing more power and wealth has a strong tendency of motivating us to think this way, and particularly so when it is supported by the culture. In fact, most people will start believing that they deserve more even when they have only a little bit more than others. This is why we cannot rely upon people who possess power and/or wealth within our society to rid our society of elitism and the many social, environmental, and economic problems that are created by it. They actually think that they are the role models that others should aspire to be like. Some elites even praise themselves for giving charity or helping poor people achieve some goal, but the truth of the matter is that charity or help would usually not be required if elitism didn't exist. 


Fortune Worship  

One of our members, Marvin Friedenn, has written a book titled, "Sermon on the Flats: An Egalitarian Alternative to Fortune Worship." Amongst other issues, Friedenn discusses how the religions that dominate elitist societies are forms of fortune worshipping. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, visit http://www.thealternativebookshop.com/cocu0002.html

 

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