Is pure capitalism a religion we have taken too far? Pure capitalism and pure greed to the extreme is now our only religion. I feel it is difficult to speak of capitalism as a whole, without falling in numerous traps and being accused of not knowing what I am talking about. So first thing I did was to go on Wikipedia, then I stopped myself. Not the perfect book definition that we all wish it to be, because in practice we know capitalism has evolved into something else, that many consider a real monster and threat to humanity.
In reality, what I have observed of what we have done in his name, has alarmed me so much, the only solution I could see was to discredit the man, because no one ever again should use Karl Marx as any kind of authority to justify the worst atrocities and injustices this humanity has seen. I may talk more about this one day, right now I wish to define my own definition of capitalism. What is capitalism in your own mind? What is it in my mind? Well, it is our new religion, it is all that we believe in. We claim it is our way to freedom, the liberation of the masses, our chance to succeed beyond measure at becoming filthy rich and powerful, no matter our background, our education, our social class.
Capitalism can be reduced to the American Dream. In my total ignorance of what exactly is capitalism, I have to say, yes, capitalism is wonderful! I want that chance to freedom, I want to become filthy rich and powerful, I want to do what I want to do in this life, nothing else. At this point I realise that I need to dig further. What else do we believe it is? Well, it is a system, an economic system upon which our existence, our corporations, our governments base everything they think and do.
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What it seems to be about is capital, making money, as much as one can, to the detrimental of just about everything else in life. If the one at the top prospers, we all prosper. A rich company will create jobs and should in theory pay its employees well. The private sector is where capitalism is applied, though even government agencies think in capitalist terms, and if there is a way to make a profit in anything, we should certainly go for it and make tons of money that could be re-invested somewhere else. When I was a child, my parents never had with me the big talk about capitalism and what it meant.
They never told me what was expected of me in such a system. They certainly pushed my sister and I to the limits. We had to have a great education, we had to succeed at any cost and attend the best universities, we had to become rich and have a great status in this society, the best job one can hope for. Medical, law and engineering were the only obvious choices available to us. However, in retrospect, they were misguided. No one becomes rich being a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Poor shadows of what capitalism truly means. Capitalism means starting your own business and building it until it becomes a huge corporation employing thousands of people worldwide in some sort of wonderful perfect globalised world.
Lawyers in Canada can eventually do that, they can start their own law firm. Engineers can do the same, creating their own engineering consulting firm. Doctors in Canada cannot really go private, in the United States however they can, as it is all mostly private. Perhaps capitalism should never have been applied in certain areas of our society. There is no need to become extreme, like in the United States, or we will eventually reach a point where everything will come crumbling down to dust, as we are witnessing right now in the stock exchange market and financial sector.
Too much greed will be our downfall, just as it has always been throughout the ages. At its most basic definition, I think it is fair to say that what comes to mind to anyone when we talk about capitalism, is this law of the offer and the demand. We live in a society of consumerism, highly materialistic in nature, where your only goal in life is to acquire as many possessions and assets as you can, as it is how you will be judged and respected in society.
How much wealth you have will define how great a man or a woman you truly are, your worthiness to exist. This is what the meaning of life has been reduced to under capitalism, a game of Monopoly, and I dare you to deny it. I am a product of my generation, well, almost. After all, what other system has brought us anything better? Might seem a bit superficial, plastic, meaningless, and so on, and on, and on. Finding some peace about who we are and what we are supposed to do here, if anything. Freedom and happiness are still key to everything, we should never forget that.
I believe they tried to convince us that it was embedded in the whole capitalist system. You are free to become a civil servant doing admin for the rest of your life, or create your own business and become as rich as your imagination and cleverness or shrewdness will lead you to. Then, I suppose, capitalism only becomes a real problem to you if you are just a civil servant with no thirst to becoming rich and controlling the planet. Otherwise, wow, what a great life you can have, a real challenge that will answer all your prayers, assuming you have totally espoused the capitalist way of thinking.
You might find later on in life that this was after all a bit meaningless, but who cares. Whilst you were in the thick of it, it seemed right, it was fulfilling, it was exciting, you can be proud of yourself and your achievements, you certainly cannot be faulted for it, you will be envied. In order to get a better idea about how great capitalism is, we need to turn to our models and heroes of capitalism.
I reckon, that should be anyone who has made over a billion dollars and who took the time later on in life to write his or her autobiography, or at least who has given us enough to understand how they truly felt about it.
Then, we also need to assess if they have not simply continued to play the game and are not just telling us how great and successful they have been. I mean, a real turn around to assess exactly and honestly how they feel about it all. I can think of two great examples, perhaps the greatest ever, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. It does not matter who they are and how they made it. If you do not know who they are, forget it.
All you need to know is that they made billions of dollars and built up the most successful corporations this world has ever seen. And later on in life, they both seemed to have suffered from some sort of existential crisis, and realised that perhaps life and our values were not all that they should have been.
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So now they have decided to turn the table around and help the world with their fortune, by squandering their money away to every loser on the planet who has never heard of capitalism or cannot even dream to ever find out. The people who most probably suffered greatly at the hand of capitalism, since no system ever could sustain itself without exploitation of others and some sort of slavery in the form of cheap labour. So, what do we learn from Gates and Buffett?
That capitalism is great indeed, but that it is not all there should be, and it should not become a religion. That a good balance about everything in life might actually bring more freedom and happiness. Greed is not eternal after all in the Divine Treasury after death. We should welcome entering the Vault of Eternal Destitution at any time, as a sign that we figured it all out, what life is actually really about, which cannot be a Blessed Exchequer. At least, I refuse to believe it. There are other models that we need to study. The ones born and brainwashed into the capitalist system, driven to madness with this desire to succeed at any cost, and who simply cannot make it.
Ruined existences, by an impossible desire responsible for a large percentage of the depression and suicides in our society. It is a fact that, though we have produced time and time again generations of people driven to succeed in such a system, it is clear that only a very small percentage can actually succeed. Is the hope of succeeding and freeing oneself, enough to sustain such a system? Or is it time to wonder if our values are completely misplaced and that, how we define success and ourselves in society, has to change? Capitalism is certainly better than the previous feudal system. Ironically, we could say that capitalism was sort of invented and made popular in England , where the feudal system never actually died out.
And as such, it is illegal for me to talk about politics, and to a certain extent, I would think, to talk about capitalism or anything related to any political agenda. Who has a backbone around here? You, the people, or the governments? And who can we trust? In God we trust? In Money we trust? Or in People we trust? Yeah, I am asking you, and please do answer truthfully, for once. Capitalism has a better track record than socialism, and is clearly the winner over any kind of form of communism we have observed in this world.
I am however Canadian, and Canada is not pure capitalism like its neighbour. Canada is a mix between capitalism and socialism. I think we reached the right balance, and still managed to become a force of nature in the world, a country which is more readily admired than the United States.
There are many reasons for that, not all of them admirable, because we depend and count too much on our neighbour. As a result we can afford to forego an out of control military industry and other things. We never felt the need to develop our own nuclear armament for example, we never needed to, not yet anyway. Some American States have become a bit more socialist in time. California is the example that comes to mind.
I think it is a great example, and that they show very well to the rest of America that there is no need to be extreme in anything, especially not capitalism, because it could ultimately eventually become our downfall. And that, coming from the State that probably benefitted most from capitalism in the history of America. Perhaps they can only afford today to be a bit more socialist because pure capitalism made them so rich in the first place.
Who knows, it does not matter anyway. What matters is that socialism means a bit of compassion and empathy for the rest of us. Here is a greater message of hope than the American Dream could ever provide to most of us. I think I said all that I felt the need to say on the topic. Capitalism and socialism are what we think they are, what we make them to be. Yes, I am charmed by Karl Marx and his ideal world. I am also charmed by capitalism. There are also many ideas coming from the anarchist front which I believe are worth integrating as well. However, history tells us that economic systems taken individually, do not work and lead to abuse and unhappiness.
Driving a system to any sort of extreme is our only problem, as I believe we already have all the solutions on the table. Extremes have always been our downfall.
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A perfect mix of capitalism, socialism and anarchism is the answer, eliminating any kind of extreme in between. In people we trust, and nothing else. I believe we are all aware now that George W. Bush is a psychopath, with a personality disorder characterized by chronic immoral and antisocial behavior. His mental health problem will be his only defense if the War Crime Tribunals catch up with him one day.
I will go through his "psychopath's checklist" later. Keep in mind that his full political agenda has not yet been entirely played out, and before it is over, George W. Bush will certainly present a perfect case of a full-fledged dictator. We still have the time to stop him, but we won't for much longer.
So let's explore what is really happening. The following George W. Bush and Dick Cheney "Dictators' Checklist" was gleaned from many websites, but is not exhaustive, and goes something like this: As you can see, everything has already been accomplished except for the last item: Wikipedia states that modern dictators have usually come to power in times of emergency, and so we can certainly expect that someone as desperate as George W. Bush must be planning another state of emergency to fully establish his dictatorship. Bush's emergency is entirely predictable and likely; it is just a question of time, months at most, probably weeks.
One could even argue that elections have already been suspended for two elections, through cheating in Florida and Ohio , and manipulation of electronic voting machines. However, the worst is still to come, because it is the final act before absolute dictatorship, and, it is the only way George W. Bush and his partners in crime will be able to remain in power past November, ' Hence, we already have a dictatorship, albeit not an absolute one, and it is time to impeach the dictator and his associates before the war agenda against us is complete.
I don't pretend to know all about psychopathic behaviors and dictators, and perhaps it is a good thing, because as a layperson, I speak about it in terms that can reach the collective consciousness.
These topics are highly important right now; unfortunately, the experts are only able to write about it in terms that limit their discourse to other experts. So they speak together in that language no one can understand, and ultimately they forget to raise the alarm when a textbook case of a psychopathic dictatorship shows up in the world and is about to enslave us all. Let's raise the alarm for them. Bush psychopath's checklist is borrowed from Dr. Of course, no psychopath is going to exhibit all of those symptoms; however, the more symptoms you exhibit, the more psychopath you are.
It is important to understand that most psychopaths are pathological liars and are quite capable of presenting a convincing mask of sanity the title of a book by Hervey Cleckley , M. In the cases of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the masks have fallen and there is enough data to prove that most of these factors apply to their psychopathology: I will not develop every single point of these checklists; this is only meant to be an overall idea to give us some hints about who we are dealing with.
I am certain you are already aware of most events and how they apply to each item of the checklists. In their case, it is clear, it all leads to psychopathy and dictatorship. What needs to be assessed is how such psychopathic minds as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, succeeded first in gaining power, second in achieving so much destruction without being stopped by anyone, and third, why it is so difficult to get rid of them now that we are all aware of where the events are leading us. Where their policies and decisions are leading us can be resumed to: All of these are in an advanced stage or have already been accomplished.
There is no doubt now of where Bush and Cheney are leading us. How indeed were they able to achieve such a feat on the land of the free, being able not only to shut the media down, but also the scientists and even their political opposition. Is it a reign of fear, of terror, or are they all collaborators of the tyrants? So much has been said about how Hitler was able to get into power and achieve his dictatorship, whilst the Germans were simply sitting back and letting it all happen. Were they all guilty, you have asked? More so about the French, and how cowardly they were according to so many Americans, because corruption was running high at the top, and everything happened in the shadows and so quickly.
Before you knew it, it had already happened. Well, now you understand. It is very much happening again, and we do not seem to be any more capable in preventing any of it from happening than the Germans and the French were. No, it can never be that easy to prevent such events. If it were, such things would never happen in the first place, and unfortunately they do all the time in the world.
Oh yes, the difference today is that we have the Internet, and alternative media are still reachable using search engines but not for long I suspect. And if you are reading this, I'm sure you have read a lot more already, and are fully aware of what I am talking about here. I did a test at work recently. I asked my colleagues if they knew that there was a big famine worldwide at the moment and that millions were dying of hunger. I won't go into the reasons here, I'm sure you know all the corruption and market manipulations that went on to create that state of affair, including the World Bank Group's policies and the production of Ethanol.
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The amazing fact was that, most of my colleagues, had not even heard of this global famine, and this is news that made the headlines on the most important newspapers and television networks in the country. So how would the main population know all about the intricacies of Bush's regime, I wonder, with such a PR and propaganda machine running 24 hours a day on most media worldwide? So their plan for a dictatorship could easily still work. They assume we are dumb and ignorant, and unfortunately I think they may assume correctly.
There comes a point though, and I believe that we have reached that point, where we can no longer afford to be oblivious. Such psychopathic minds don't know when to stop and they always go too far, once they believe that they are untouchable. They may feel that way, because legally no one can now stop them without a civil war, and they know that much more awareness and organization would be required before that happens. In this case, without the torture gulags of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba , where conveniently the Geneva Conventions have been declared obsolete, it is a safe bet that George W.
Bush and Dick Cheney have destroyed themselves in America , the last place on Earth where apparently millions still remain unaware of the extent of their abuse and corruption. They have not apologized or even tried to pretend that they had no idea, they have not closed down these camps. It seems that there is no point in hiding anything anymore, because we are rapidly reaching the full disclosure of their dictatorship. It will probably take the form of a false flag nuclear or biological attack on American soil blamed on Iran , followed by the declaration of martial law.
What can one do? Well, I thought there was no need to write such articles as this one, since so many others are better informed than I, and they express themselves in better ways. I believe now that if many more were to write articles like this, and setup their own website, no matter how ignorant they are, it could make a difference and help build awareness, being perhaps the beginning of some sort of resistance which eventually could gain momentum. I was born in I would say I am now older, many people around me still consider me quite young.
Considering my knowledge of past events, indeed I am young. It took me a long time to finally find out about dictators and political psychopaths in the world. I never thought there was a need to investigate. After all, we seemed to be living in some sort of golden age. Then I realized that most of humanity is actually ruled by dictators and tyrants. That was still acceptable to me, because what was important was that I was living in a civilized country and that I was safe. The rest of the world eventually would get out of their nightmare just like we did.
I even thought at some point that attacking Iraq and Iran was about that, liberating these people from their own dictators. I thought we were such nice people, bringing them this great idea of democracy. And if we could convince them somehow to abandon their religion in the process, well, we would have truly saved them all. I could not believe what they were saying about us, whenever it happened that we heard what they were saying, which is very seldom. Now I believe they are right. I had no idea that everything was cyclical and history was just repeating itself over and over again.
Learning a lesson, whether individually or collectively, is perhaps the most difficult thing ever. It seems that we are just too slow to learn from the past and to react whenever it is about to happen again. I am now aware that once you have succeeded in gaining a few more rights and liberties, you still need to continue the fight, to ensure that you will keep those rights for at least another generation.
I understood early on that rights are never given for life, they are borrowed for a limited time, and will be snatched away at the very first opportunity, under the pretense of security, morality and ethics, religion, terrorism, war, corporations, failing economy… take your pick, anything will do.
It is so hard to understand, because who benefits from the fact that we do not have those rights anymore? What purpose does it really serve? Why should any government or corporation work so hard at annihilating any kind of rights and freedoms citizens are so justified to demand? My incomprehension does not stop here. Ultimately, I understand this is all a question of power and wealth, of control over everyone in order to become filthy rich.
However, what is the point of that? Why would you want to control every single person on the planet and know exactly everything everyone is doing and thinking at any given time? Why would you want to add many more billions of dollars to your already made fortune? This is when I came across the fact that some people are psychopaths, they have this obsession of being in power and to be rich, to control everything, whilst suffering from some sort of paranoia that they might eventually lose it all.
Nothing will stop them in their ascension to becoming dictators. This is hard to understand, because such people simply do not think like the rest of us. They have different priorities, and have often been described as people without a soul, or at the very least, people who lost their soul as they started to climb a hierarchical ladder filled with other born psychopaths. They enjoy the humiliation, the pain and the suffering they inflict on others. I never thought I would feel the need one day to attack in many articles and books an American President and Vice President as I do now. It was simply unthinkable, since North America has been built for that very purpose, the emancipation of the colonies against such control from the Kings and Queens of the motherland.
The whole Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been carefully written to protect the country against this form of abuse from the government. They proved to be easily circumvented. They failed us even if the ultimate plan of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney is somehow prevented, since we have already lost those precious rights and protections which previously were defining our nation and who we were.
All it took was one psychopath, surrounded by people just like him, to overthrow everything so many generations have worked so hard to protect. And now, nowhere else in the world is anyone safe. No more country is a model for all the others. Corruption and greed are winning the political game, and we are facing once again dark times. I had such hopes for humanity, I now believe that humanity will not survive much longer. I didn't think humanity would become extinct within my lifetime; I can see now that it is a real possibility. I can't comprehend why all of this is happening.
I thought there were so many agencies and other organizations fighting against just such an eventuality. There does not even seem to be any kind of opposition to the government; the Democrats are all talking about trivia, when there are critical issues at stake. Everything falls on deaf ears. Even the media are silent; they seem to show complicity. So much must have happened behind the scenes that we are still unaware; I hope one day we will get the full picture for the history books, so perhaps we will make this the very last time it will ever happen.
Bush entered the scene, we will have to attach to them the two checklists mentioned earlier, the psychopath's and the dictator's checklists, and pay attention as soon as our leaders start to show too many signs of either of these traits. We will then have to act much faster than we are now, as soon as we see the first signs. I understand why George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's plan worked so well. We were not expecting it in North America. No one would have believed, a decade ago, that a dictatorship in North America was possible in less than a decade, and that no one would see it coming.
We have grown complacent. I realize now that we were deluded indeed, with so many dictatorships everywhere else in the world, we should have been more informed. How could we have believed that we were immune? It is unforgiveable, and there will be such a high price to pay before this is over, I don't even want to think about it. I can already guess who will be blamed for letting it happen, but the truth is, we are all to blame, because every single one of us allowed it to happen, and we are continuing to do so right now.
I'm sorry, but there is no excuse this time. We already know too much about what is happening; no one bothers to even hide their agenda anymore; it is as clear as day. There should be an immediate outcry coming from everyone everywhere in the country, and instantly everything should change, everything should be stopped before it reaches critical stage.
There is still time, and it might yet be simple. Call for the impeachment of our leaders, and give the War Crime Tribunals a call. Which brings up the all important question: Who has the power to start any kind of investigation against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and company? Why are they not acting? We all know that there is enough evidence against them. Yes, I had a look at the latest American Civil Liberties Union's report, they are slipping, they are sleeping, it has gone largely ignored, no help there.
Those people, who could do something but do nothing, should be our real target, those people should be shamelessly fired and replaced quickly. If they cannot do their job, if their silence has been bought somehow, if they are too afraid to speak up, we will have to do their job for them, and we will.
And then we might still save humanity. It is what we do best, isn't it, saving the world? Well, let's start by saving ourselves, and then the world might stand a chance. No more psychopaths in power, no more dictators ever, anywhere in the world! This has to be our new leitmotiv. So speak up and act while you still can! No one in the mass media will, and their silence is truly deafening. It is all up to you now, only small you After proving that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are psychopaths and dictators, and successfully brought about a dictatorship over North America minus the declaration of martial law, I wondered how the United Kingdom rated compared with the United States.
I concluded that British citizens are equally living under the threat of a dictatorship, are already living in a Big Brother State, and it has been mastered in a much better and subtle way than in the United States. The political system in England will not permit its Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to become rich while in power. Corruption is more readily denounced and fired upon in the tabloids. It is safe to say that England does not suffer from a lack of freedom of speech as they now do in America.
It might have proved impossible in the UK to eradicate freedom of speech, and so, more cunning ways had to be developed. Most items have come to fruition in a less aggressive manner, as there was no need to go to the extent Bush and Cheney had to go to in order to remain in power. It could however still lead to a full dictatorship, and we can see the signs of it.
In the meantime, Great Britain has been the most successful country in the world in establishing an Orwellian Big Brother State, and its citizens are suffering much more than in the U. You can see that it is already much less convincing than in the U. Here are the points which do not really apply to the UK whilst applying to the US: In conclusion, we cannot say that England has been following the same extreme dictatorial path than its American cousin.
No, the United Kingdom has followed instead a different path, which perhaps might prove just as effective. They have gone for a police state and are probably looking to turn it into a military state through making point 10 a reality. We know Bush and Cheney are trying to remain in power to establish a full dictatorship, Blair and Brown have settled for what they must believe is more appropriate for England, remaining in power to establish a military state, which will basically fulfil the same role as a dictatorship.
In the end, it will be the same. There are now so many policemen and policewomen in this country, there might be no need for the military to take over. No one owns a gun for a start, it is not a given right in the unwritten Constitution. Hunting small animals in the countryside has just been declared illegal, now we understand why this unpopular decision was necessary. There is no reason for anyone to buy a gun, unless you wish to buy one on the black market to shoot the Prime Minister.
The reason for this difference is obvious. England is a small country compared with America , no one can hide anywhere. The Orwellian State has been so successfully established, no one anywhere in Britain can go unnoticed for very long. There are thousands of cameras watching you in the UK at any given time.
Phone records, email exchanges and websites you visit have now become police records and are freely used in court by the prosecution. I know, I work in a Crown Court. I am appalled by their powers, a complete disregard for the most basic human right: The police force has become an almighty force in the last decade, the military has also grown beyond measure since the terrorist war. There is no need to build concentration camps like they do in the U.
They are confident the population can be successfully contained and prosecuted with their new terrorist laws without any such extreme measure. As a result, everyone in the UK is now a potential terrorist. Many who should not have, have already been convicted under those laws. This is clearly an abuse of power. I believe they were also planning for something much more destructive and appropriate than in the U. Taking ultimate power in those conditions would be child play. This is what they have been working on. There has been so much talk about bird flu and ricin in the press at some point, all information coming from the government, we were all convinced we would all die within days.
Since then, perhaps the film V for Vendetta, exposing all of this, has stopped them, and they must be planning something else. That makes the film V for Vendetta the single most important film in existence for the British, it shows them exactly what is happening and what they can expect, because this is where it seems that everything is leading, a totalitarian Big Brother State. The United Kingdom does not deal with large spaces, different States and many government levels.
Everything is pretty much centralised, and Westminster instantly has access to any information about anyone. They have become experts with facial recognition software, and they invested heavily in a nationwide CCTV network which has now become infallible. Are we to believe that such an expensive network is for ensuring that we pickup the droppings of our dog on the streets, or that it is for ensuring that we do not litter the area with our cigarette butts? Though at the moment it is use for these small crimes you could still have wished to get away with less than a decade ago, it is safe to assume that it is for a grander scheme which will become real and evident fairly soon.
It has been said many times in the press that terrorism in England is not new, and that even under the I. You might think it is because we did not have the technology then, but we did, we simply did not implement it. And now we have gone wild, for a threat that does not even seem to exist. You must have read about the London terrorist events, there is a lot of material there for conspiracy theorists. It definitely points to government sponsored terrorism. Without trying to be too alarmist, what is this existence all about?
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