Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 5, 2011, 3:06 p.m. EST by meep
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Preface: I hold with those who believe that the purpose of this movement is primarily to limit as much as possible the power that corporations have over American politics and to build a spirit of communication, discussion, and openness to counter the rhetoric of hate. This post is not about that and is rather a reaction to discussions of socialism and the frustration with capitalism that undeniably exists within certain members of the community.
We don't need communism to have community. We don't need socialism to be social. Capitalism as we understand it does have a funny way of dividing us, of making us feel separate and alone, but I believe that is because it is capitalism as we understand it. We can choose to understand it differently. We don't need to government to manage of socialist transformation, nor do I understand why we would want to. If one of the foundations of marxist thought is the notion that capitalism creates a disconnect between labor and ownership of labor, then I fail to see how the government can fix that. I also fail to see how national unions can fix that. All they can do is create a counter weight to the power of the capitalists. If you examine the history of communism you will see that when the unions and government defeat the capitalists, they merely take their place, the disconnect still exists only now managed by the party or the union. If it is the spirit of Marxism that you love, then you can have it. You can have it without revolution, without government intervention, without national unions. Let me tell you how:
-Start a business where every employee is an equal owner of the business.
-Make a profit, grow, and hire more people. Don't sit on your profits, or take them home with you, but grow.
-When your business becomes too large, don't stop growing. Instead split, divide, reproduce.
-When you projects become too large for one employee owned corporation, partner with other corporations. Specialize and work together like cells in an increasingly complex organism.
If you follow this model then what you will achieve is evolution. There will be no need for revolution. As the wisdom and power of social living and social working grows it will inevitably replace those aspects of our current culture and economy that are inferior, and because it is not Amoebic it will be able to experiment, evolve, and assimilate the aspects of our current culture and economy that may still be superior. Capitalism is not the enemy of socialism. In truth there is a powerful harmony to be found when you understand how they can serve each other.