Posted 10 years ago on April 18, 2012, 9:22 a.m. EST by jph
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There seems to be some misunderstanding of what the terms "capitalism" and "capitalist" actually mean. By definition a capitalist is an owner of property (resources, land, the means of production) that can be manipulated to gain them more wealth. There seem to be many here, that hold to capitalist principles, but are themselves members of the working class. You are working class if you are employed. You work for a capitalist, if you are employed by a private person of a private corporation, and you are selling your time-of-life for a means to subsist, while the capitalist is gaining more wealth from your labor. This is capitalism.
The system of capitalism can not be reformed into a democratic system, as it by definition is non-democratic. The capitalist hold the only vote that counts, and the working class supports and enriches them for the right to survive.
This system will persist as long as the working class, is willing to let the few rule and exploit the many.
So what is the alternative?
Common ownership, or 'socialism' is the only way to achieve democracy. All the voting rights in the world matter little, if a few (capitalists) still own the bulk of the world. As they will still have all the control that matters (or the control of matter!). Capitalist (and some deluded workers) often talk about 'freedom' or 'liberty', however when examined, they are really talking about the freedom of capital, not freedom of people. The 'freedom' of capitalist to continue to exploit the working class for their own enrichment is not freedom for people, it is in the way of, and opposed to, freedom of people.
Common ownership of lands and resources, and participatory consensus democracy go hand in hand, and form a new human system that is truly free for all. And no, people do not have a 'right' to exploit others for their personal gain, this is not, as the capitalist continue to say, "freedom", it is in fact exploitation, and it's time is all but up.