I wrote an earlier post essentially making quite clear I do NOT agree with right-wing economics in ANY capacity, that means the illusion of ‘free markets’ ‘capitalism’ etc, label me a terrorist if you want, that’s what foxnews would do…oh wait the ‘left’ subscribes to the same ideas.
Here is a list I put on the last one, I will explain why these tenets are fallacious, I am adding ‘0’ as it was not there originally:
0: Growth is good (and sustainable)
Think about this for a moment, we base our economy of how much it GREW. If it grows huge, great, if it only grows a little, pain for all. Let me state this as bluntly as possible: the ONLY thing that grows forever in biology is cancer/bacteria/viruses. Hmm, maybe that is our current system?
In case you don’t get this, we CANNOT grow forever. It is physically impossible. Unless we leave this planet (less and less likely) we are constrained by space, by oil, by everything. The fact we are based on a biologic impossibility, should make you severely question all future assumptions that ‘capitalism’ makes you believe.
1: The rich are the ‘job creators’
I like this one, because it is an excuse that if we believe it, suddenly the gods among us have to be given anything so that we MIGHT be gifted with a job by them. That any government regulation might scare these skittish gods away and make them decide they would rather just not give us jobs any more. It’s a very perverse hero-worship.
2: The rich are there because they are smarter/more capable/ had a better idea than the rest of us
This is tied to #2, where the rich are rich, because they ‘earned’ it, the lie we hear is that they must have invented something. Bill gates gets launched around everywhere as some boot strap example, ok he did, I admit that. But can you name 10 ‘rags to riches’ people? If this system was so real, shouldn’t we have some pretty easy examples of that? I am not denying it happens, but its an excuse for nepotism reality.
3: If you aren’t rich, its because you weren’t smart/capable/inventive enough
This is a variation of learned helplessness, that you shouldn’t envy the rich, just because YOU were not smart enough. Just because you don’t have an idea, you can’t hate those poor rich people. It’s a very strange psychology trick, where the rich become victims (they don’t deserve your scorn!) but the blame is completely on you, you dumb idiot.
4: If you work hard, you too will eventually be a millionaire
#3 might put the whole populace in depression (which a sizable fraction is already) so we have this convenient lie. It is vague, but ever-present. That if you work hard, YOU TOO are going to make it. To go on a bit of a short tirade it, it blows my fucking mind when I see some of my old ‘friends’ from highschool who are never-questioning republicans that grind shitty fucking jobs, and BELIEVE IN THE HEART they are going to be millionaires eventually. They are on good idea away, one year away from ‘really making it’. So…if they are going to be millionaires they don’t want them goddamn liberals taxing their shit either, so naturally, they don’t want to be hypocrites, it just wouldn’t be right, they have to be consistent after all!
It does not register to them, that they have a bacherlors degree and are making 10$/hr or, that they are working 60 hrs a week, and getting NO WHERE, that this is not going to change, that the slave class we are part of it humming along quite well.
5: The government is evil, and does nothing good except perhaps defense
You see this one more out of the libertarian/tea party movement, and quite frankly its deceptive, and delusional. Does the government waste money, is it over-extended, etc, fuck yes it is. But to think that because it is sometimes bad, it must be extinguished only serves to fulfill the fantasy mad max fantasy wet dream of every man for himself (which ironically a lot of libertarians would get their ass smoked in such a situation)
Never are things like space exploration, road building, national forest etc EVER mentioned. I have actually had libertarians argue to me that roads should be PRIVATELY BUILT. If you legitimately think the pure-reliance our economy has on the roadway system could be privately sustained you need to seriously think about things. Roads, like the grid is NOT profitable for individuals to subsidize, that is why it takes a collective effort to pay these things.
6: The ‘Private Sector’ can do anything the government can do, better, cheaper, and more ‘free’
Like #5, the gov has a LOT of problems, I admit that. But the right/libertarians think that because a part of it is broke, lets kill the whole thing. That instead of the government propping up national parks, lets sell it off, whoever buys it will have a REASON to keep it clean – goes the logic. However, what if a company buys up a national park and…lets strip mine that bitch. Hey, its ‘private’ property, go cry your liberal tears somewhere else commy!
Of course the major problem with this, is that ‘externalities’ are NOT included. I strip mine ‘my’ forest and it doesn’t matter if it floods someone down stream, that’s an externality – a huge huge problem with ‘free markets’.
7: Capitalism is the only ‘free’ system, where the best rise to the top
This is just a typical talking point, designed to short-circuit thinking processes. Everyone wants to be free, so by extension, you should subscribe to capitalism, after all, if you work hard, YOU TOO will be a millionaire. See how all of these play back into themselves?
8:There is nothing wrong with capitalism, and anyone criticizing it is likely a Liberal/Commy
I have made a few facetious jokes already about this, but this is very true. How come we cannot have a realistic debate about a growth-based economy being unsustainable without getting cognitive dissonance, that this person must be a commy if they are criticizing ‘what made America great’.
9: (Unspoken but critical) Money/Wealth is real
Our money is FIAT, that means it has value because we are told it has value. We got off the gold standard in the 70s, meaning that your dollar is now completely meaningless other than what others believe. Now, I understand that ‘money’ is a social lubricant that allows me to buy a cow while you use it to buy a car or whatever the typical stupid examples economists use to think they are real smart. I get it, and for that it has purpose. But…when you say it is supposed to do that, but then proceed to continue printing more money, it makes the other money worthless. When we over-leverage (meaning banks have approx. 1 dollar for every 100 in accounts – this trend holds nationwide) there is more ‘money’ then there is real shit in the whole world! That is a very serious problem for a system we are supposed to take serious.
10: Efficiency and new substitution of goods
The major counter to my point that growth isn’t endless is that ‘smart’ people will come up with new efficiencies, or new goods. It is a kind of ‘the lights have always turned on before, why would this be different’ mentality of not grasping that things could ever change. Oh, who cares if we are burning up all the oil/coal, once we run out there will be a ‘market impetus’ to invent a new energy system.
This is extremely short-sighted and…what if there ISN’T a new energy? I personally think there ARE energies out there like practical fusion etc, but what if we run out of oil and we do not have the technology or research done? What if we need to get to space to find the next energy, but we ran out of oil?
You can only make things so efficient, you actually hit limits. We can makes cars frictionless, we can’t make houses 100% thermal units, so these efficiencies help us ‘grow’ for a bit, but its accounting tricks that are not sustainable.
The major problem I have with capitalism is that it is a competitive system that pits man vs man (how great the pseudo-badasses pretend!) so instead of combining our resources to do something, we spent them out doing the other. I mentioned space, I heard somewhere that to mind asteroids it will take trillions of dollars to invest in the industry to do it, but that the boon will be unprecedented in human history. In short, free markets can not ever mine asteroids, the ‘start up’ costs are far far too high for any corporation. It can not sustain set backs, losses, or even getting out of whatever market it got its original money. This is assuming we were to start now before we run out of oil. Instead of us spending resources to out compete each other for limited, depleting resources, we can put our resources together (which is taxes, and it gets us things like roads, parks, a military etc) and perhaps get off this planet.
Because otherwise our ‘growth’ is going to kill the host (earth) before killing ourselves, like all good cancers.