Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Capitalism: Yesterday, Today; Valid and Not

We are at the final stage, where the distribution system is for money alone. The goal, or motive, now is not the creation of some item of worth, which might be simply called "value." (There does not exist any "better" use of the word that economists have crafted in their linguistic laboratory.) Rather, the task is to get one's paws on a hunk of dough; the only point is: pull your own hunk, off of the ball of dough. So, I am trying to say that it is just money. And money alone. This kind of critique has also been made by a few other persons. Nothing but money trading for money. When this is the only idea left, there is not any more capitalism, or, better, not validly. What the different kinds of capitalist systems have in common, though, is that there is the same general idea or motive. One wants to get one's own piece, a piece of the system. In one sense, then, it is ongoing and in that sense persons have been doing this all along.
     How do you do that? -this is what economic actors have been asking for five, six, seven, or eight generations (in my family history maybe four---before that ..the "shtetel"! Only that...ha ha ha) Go out, get some! During this period of legitimate or valid capitalism the choices or ways of getting that piece of money were really not so great. There have been immense changes, over time. Now it is totally different. And here then, one additional other thing: Too easy, much too easy. You may distinguish this from the other, the more valid capitalism.
     Now it is all about to end if not reformed. This is not survivable. We will have a crisis. Economics needs to be modified, and it must occur... or else.
     We need to ask: what kind of capitalism shall it be? Valid or invalid? Which sounds better? "Valid" sounds better. And it is better.

     Let's move on to another take on this that I wrote  the same day:

     Economics can be reduced to a simple question. The question is about how you get your money.
     There are two ways of doing it. There are ways that are valid, and, there are the invalid ways of getting money. Or, just right and wrong ways, which has the same meaning. From 1800 to 1999, capitalism functioned. It functioned, at least to some degree. It existed. So, the way in which persons did it (got money) was basically alright (which is to say, "valid"), all persons taken together (stinkers and all).

     We can say in general that there is no way capitalism could last forever. It is not perfect or immaculate. It depends on its causes and conditions, it has many subtle things that need to be there, some countries still cannot do it, etc. When is it "time up," then. If it is not never, it has to happen sometime. Now, the time is up!
     But that doesn't mean we cannot reform! This idea of reforming the system is not so bad. There is zero option of creating a different system out of capitalism. However you may conceive of that. (Socialism, etc., you know.) But if reformed---then we may get a few more years. There could be a reform and then another small period of "correct function," or "vital capitalism." The reforms could be made. (My ideas are available. Contact me.)
     If your way of getting money is invalid, you are of no use to anybody. You are not helping, and your worth as a human being has come to an end. You are of no good to anybody!
     What the world really depends on is good will. If we can express our good will through capitalism, that is fine. Life has some hope. If not? Total crisis. Pray for capitalism to survive, not to die.