What might the world look like if the bailout works? Like Sarah P
I don't mind what people call me, never really have, never really will - a progressive, a Marxist, Communist, Liberal, Left-wing, Socialist - all those are very fine with me.
But, mostly I am, and steadfastly - a cynic.
If you don't really know what a cynic is - well, you will probably read a cynic in the modern term - look at my blog under the tab Cynicism - you will see that you are quite incorrect.
But what was it that drew me both to this piece and to actually put time into writing about it?
The US bailout is a robbery in progress, the greatest heist in monetary history. But consider for a moment: what if it actually works, what if the financial sector is saved and the economy returns to the course it was on before the crisis struck? Is that what we want? And what would that world look like?
Well, if you do read it you will see a lot of it is about Sarah P - my thoughts on her are all over the web, so I don't have to repeat them here. But we have to look at what this piece is all about - and something that is dear to my heart - the death of capitalism.
How long will that take? To be honest with you I really don't know - but I suspect that it won't be any time soon. Capitalism, in its present form, will just carry on as is - capitalism has no heart, no compassion, no motivation of human worth - it has just the view that money and wealth are in dollar terms, and many, many people like it just like that.
If you look at your life in those black and white hues, greyness doesn't come into it - there is nothing but a better retirement because you have invested well. Nothing to make you even think about the abject and real poverty that is out there - why would you?
The one thing that will kill capitalism is - and his isn't going to please some - the catastrophic failure of the financial system - that will have to collapse to a degree that money isn't worth a penny.
Whether you love oil, love gas, all fossil fuels combined - there is the money behind that, which is capital - and those who own that - and that in itself leads to a lurch to where profit will come from.
It isn't the dream of ever increasing profit that will deny capitalism its base - that is what is wanted.
This Earth is finite - and as such we can keep going as we are - or we can make the change, a change that does take into account the other things in life that do create non-material wealth, yet are just as important as the dollar we have in our pocket.
When capitalism dies it will release so many and enslave no one. We can all live well - and we all can live with a pizza in front of the TV while watching a game, having a beer and still screaming at that TV when our team loses. There will still be commercials, there still will be daytime soap operas, and there will always be another Britney Spears.
What will change is how we, as a race, decide that we no longer want to live in fear of tomorrow but want to embrace it and hand it, with loving arms, to our children - and then it will be up to them to tell the historical stories of how great, great Grand pa and Grand ma used to drive in a big machine that poisoned all around it, and that they really didn't know any different.
Capitalism will die when we are educated enough to understand we don't need it - yet that isn't this time - that is for a better tomorrow, a time when our grand children can begin to teach us.
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