Sunday, February 27, 2022
Capitalism and Greed
Papuna Toliashvili said: მთელი ცხოვრება ვფიქრობდი, რომ თავისუფლება იყო ცოდნაში და ახლა ვფიქრობ, რომ კაპიტალში უფრო მეტია თავისუფლება.
Google translates it to read: "All my life I thought there was freedom in knowledge and now I think there is more freedom in capital." Dr Tamar Akhvlediani liked it. That's pretty shallow.
I understand that if you have more money you are in some sense free to do more things. For example, if you have more money you are free to travel and do what you want. Yet we are rightfully taught that the love of money is the root of all evil. Ironically enough that statement was made an liked by those who had sold their souls in the bio lab industry.
A poor man is better than a liar. Even if it's a rich liar. Often we hear people reduce the argument to a struggle between Communism and Capitalism but that is not what this is about. It's a struggle against greed. Years ago I was at the picket line outside a Telus tower in Burnaby known as the Boot. One of the guys picked up a pylon like a mega phone, turned it towards the tower and in a loud voice said corporate greed. We all laughed because that was the struggle we faced.
When I worked for the Post Office I had a discussion with a Union member that was going off about Communism. I said the Communist Manifesto is inherently flawed. He was a bit irked and said well you write one then. So that night I did.
The Communist Manifesto claims that the history of all conflict boils down to a class struggle. Eliminate the classes and you eliminate the struggle. My position is that their founding premise is wrong. My position is that the history of all conflict is the result of greed. Someone wanting power over someone else. Greed and oppression go hand in hand.
In Communist China you have the richest politicians in the world. There is no sharing of their wealth. People can say well that's because they're greedy capitalists. Perhaps but then we have to redefine what capitalism is.
When I hear the term capitalism I think of free market, small business. Others think of corporate monopolies killing small business. To me that's not capitalism, that's greed.
Someone from Romania was speaking to a Freedom Rally recently and they said one of the first things Communism does is eliminate small business. Small business doesn't represent corporate greed. It represents self reliance.
Oppressors, whether they be Communist or Capitalist, don't want people to be self reliant. They want people to be dependent on them so they can exploit and oppress them.
I have no problem with the wealth of Bill Gates. I have a problem with his desire to increase his wealth by exploiting others and oppressing them. When rich people fund Communism it isn't to share their wealth. It's to increase their wealth and their power at the expense of others. Their form of Communism is a quest to enslave people by taking everything they have away from them. That is not what James Connolly or Nelson Mandela aspired to.