The nature of capitalism - and viable alternatives
Just a little something to read and question. Question me, question everything.
Hey, I have a question - what's the difference in most people's minds between a locally owned capitalist business and a corporate owned capitalist business?
Some would say that it's better - somehow morally better - to shop at the independent capitalist store rather than the corporate capitalist store. But as we all know, Starbucks and every other corporate conglomerate started as a small independently owned business.
Anyway, I just thought I'd through a few lines of thought on the matter out there for you to question.
Question: What is a capitalist business?
A capitalist business is any business that employs wage slaves in order to make profit (capital).
Question: What is a wage slave?
A wage slave is anyone who is paid for their time - whether it is an hourly rate, an annual salary, etc.
Question: Why do capitalist business's use wage slavery?
Capitalist businesses use wage slavery, because, as someone earlier on this thread stated, the point of any capitalist venture is to make profit.
Therefore, the capitalists pay their wage slaves less than what the value of their labor is worth - otherwise they would not make any profit. So the capitalist owners (whether local business owners, or corporate stock holders and CEOs) must exploit their wage slaves by re-selling the goods that the wage slaves are producing (or the services the wage slaves are rendering), to others at a higher price - otherwise they would make no profit.
Therefore, exploitation is inherent in any capitalist business.
Question: Are there viable alternatives to capitalism - economic structures in which exploitation and inequality are not inherent?
Yes, of course. All one has to do is study history, or observe events taking place in the present day.
For current day alternatives - research into what is happening, as has been happening for over two years now, in Argentina. Look at the workers occupying the abandoned factories - factories closed down by the foreign capitalists in search of cheaper wage slave labor rates in Asia, just as the same capitalists had previously shifted their labor base from the United States to South and Central America (among others) beginning on a large scale in the 1970's. In Argentina, the workers are running the factories cooperatively, without bosses, using consensus decision making - therefore the workers are not being exploited. Look at the neighborhood councils in Argentina - councils without leaders, councils that also use consensus decision making to get things done, to set up neighborhood cooperative bakeries and schools. And Argentina is just one example.
For viable alternatives to capitalism used in the past - read about the cooperatives set up all across much of free Spain during the Spanish revolution and civil war that began in 1936. In some places, especially in Catalonia and Aragon, entire towns and cities were almost entirely cooperatively run - again, without leaders, using consensus decision making. The cooperatives existed and thrived until they were crushed first by Stalinist divisions of the Republican army, and later by the military victory of the fascists. A great book on the period: The CNT in the Spanish Revolution, by Jose Peirats, a CNT member and historian.
Question: What are some names used for economic and social systems in which wage slavery is illegal, and humans are not exploited for their labor?
Libertarian communism or anarchist communism.
Question: What can one person do to spread equality, freedom, creativity, and knowledge throughout the world?
Not much - if they are alone. But organized together, using consensus decision making - without leaders - the world can, is, and has been changed.
We probably will not see it in our lifetimes, but another world is possible.
For those who want a better world but want immediate gratification, no matter how illusory - then keep shopping at New Seasons, etc, and pretending you're helping to make the world a better place.
For those who want a better world for all - educate and organize autonomous of all political control, or you will be betrayed by your leaders - just look at history.
As always - turn off your televisions permanently, read, educate yourself, educate others, create, and organize!!!
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