Monday, March 5, 2012

More Economic Theory: The Jack Silverman System

     Capitalism takes the natural world (“use value” is a term to remember here) and turns it into a “for sale” world. Wood, for example, is a natural product. Right? Without capitalism wood is valued much differently. Probably, it will not be sold to anybody. The matter simply will not come up. Persons that use the forest will probably see the wood as something that is attached to trees. And they will probably see it as a natural part of their lives, just as it is which is to say in the form of trees. And the trees look beautiful and form a part of the world. Just for the sake of argument though, let’s say that they take a little bit of this wood that is everywhere. OK. To build a house; or a sun deck, I don’t know, maybe they want take a little wood is what I'm suggesteing.
     Even so they are very likely to do it within a mentality that gives priority given to its first or main purpose of the wood, which is that of forming part of their sacred, natural world, their living space, their forest home. They would choose the best ("most suitable" would be a possible word substitution here) tree to take it from, meaning the tree that will impact the environment as little as possible. They are not going to say “well, this natural world is beautiful, but it is better to sell it." They won't say that.
     In other words, for these persons, nature is not something to sell.     

     Well, OK, then what is capitalism? Properly speaking, capitalism is a somewhat less natural system. It tends to mimic nature. At that stage of the game there is still enough of a natural quality there that it is sustainable. Today, however, time has run out. And what will happen is that without a massive intervention the top competitors will simply eat us out of house and home like an army of ants.

     Now, therefore, it is time for regulation.

note: "Cambria" font

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