The gun control crusade today is like the Prohibition crusade 100 years ago. It is a shared zealotry that binds the self-righteous know-it-alls in a warm fellowship of those who see themselves as fighting on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. It is a lofty role that they are not about to give up for anything so mundane as facts-- or even the lives of other people. ~ Thomas Sowell
Please take a moment to study the following sites:
The systems advocated via the above sites are not perfect (nor do they seek to be), but - given the opportunity to develop - are certainly better than what we have now.
By the way, I would be happy to hear your thoughts about the aforementioned, and chat about them as well.
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
-- Author Unknown
very new to the forum. i read a couple posts by reiver and i like his views on socialism wrapped around individualism. but anyways, i am by no means educated in economics. most of my knowledge is from practical experiences and trial and error.
what i am about to write is just my view on the topic of this OP. i know i will sound very amateurish and may not even have a point. most of the time, my descriptions may seem very subjective to the trained economists, but i mean no harm - just want the betterment of all of mankind and not just a few. basically this is just my little contribution and voice.
i want to first state that i personally think when everyone, under a system of integrity, contributes equally within their own means and power and has such a contribution backed up by an accountable system, it is a win win situation. now everyone may have their own perspective on what is fair in their mind and as such, this may be the very reason why we are in such a deep depression right now.
everyone's scale is different and the higher you climb, the more extreme it becomes (IE: someone who makes 400 mil, a ceo, a year will have a vastly different take of money than another manager who makes 50 mil a year - despite both being extremely wealthy to the average worker).
i remember seeing someone, who i guess was either rich, a troll, or just trying to annoy, say that $5000 on a meal was actually not enough, or 10k bottle of wine was considered cheap - and this seriously made me question our system of integrity and when is enough, enough?
beauty is in the eye of the beholder and i think as a whole in today's society, the rich have fallen out of connection with everyone else. i am not jealous of saying we should punish successful people, but out of all respect, today's wealth gap is just becoming incomprehensibly disassociated with the working class - when compared to management.
right now, macro-wise, i think our entire world's economy is quite versatile, full of potential and vivid.
however micro-wise, there is just so many loop holes that are not keeping its integrity for the every day joe. what are some of the loop holes? well for one, i personally think it is just too easy to make money out of nothing for those who have access to such a power. you have the government creating money out of nothing, except a future to leverage against (our children's future), just to save those who are already well connected in our capitalist society.
there is simply too much toxicity and corruption within our society's upper echelon that right now it is very hard to even clean house. capitalists and die hard bosses blame welfare, SSI and benefits as free rides that are crippling our nation - USA.
but from what i see, america inc is the biggest bum on welfare.
upper echelon socialism i call it.
now i just slapped myself in the face but i want what reiver describes to come to the every day joe, not socialism for those in their high, ivory towers.
i do believe neo-socialism, centralized around individualism, can happen.
the hardest part for me to question is, i suppose, individual integrity being magnified and scaled into something efficient on a massive level.
it's, i can't say always easy, easy to control small groups of things, such as the hegemonic way of thinking for the rich in that they can so easily form their own boy's club and play gods. because so few control so much and it's like some god-given right they think.
simply put, our money today is not dependable. it's value and worth is easily created and corrupt. they call it hyper-inflation but i think it's just poor management of a nation's wealth, that's being squandered by a very few short-sighted, greedy capitalists.
now i don't have a solution but this is just my thought on today's equality and capitalism.
too few hold too much and the risk of all being sacrificed for a few is just too great. this is insanity to me.
Furthermore, what is decent? Who defines decent? Compared to what? Eat out a few times a week? Vacations once a year? All of those conditions are totally arbitrary.
The standard of living for the poor has increased most dramatically under a system of free markets with very little government intervention. The system we have is crumbling. It wont last no matter how anyone wants to keep it.
"We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish."
Friedrich August von Hayek
"Every bad idea in the history of the universe seemed like a good idea at some point in time."
Not being hungry, having a roof over one's head, being able to send your children to school, getting care for medical problems, making enough from one's work to not depend on others for any of these. That might be a start for defining decency, or at least adequacy for existence. That there are millions who cannot achieve this today in the US, even with massive government intervention to provide these things, points to the abject failure of the capitalist mythology that a rising economy raises all boats.Furthermore, what is decent? Who defines decent? Compared to what? Eat out a few times a week? Vacations once a year? All of those conditions are totally arbitrary.
The standard of living for the poor did not increase until the government intervened, outlawing thuggery against employees and instituting a system of social benefits. The system is crumbling because those who have benefited the most from it feel they have no obligation to support it.The standard of living for the poor has increased most dramatically under a system of free markets with very little government intervention. The system we have is crumbling. It wont last no matter how anyone wants to keep it.