Posted 5 months ago on Oct. 21, 2013, 2:41 a.m. EST by UncommonRebels
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To "end capitalism" we would need to eliminate financial systems worldwide.
I'm all for an egalitarian society, but I'm also a realist. Capitalism works very well for those in power. And let's be clear, I'm going by the "actually existing capitalism" definition of capitalism, because the USA does not have textbook "capitalism" in place. See Joe Stiglitz at OWS (http://bwog.com/2011/10/03/stiglitz-speaks-at-occupy-wall-street/) or Chomsky explaining "really existing capitalist democracy," which actually isn't a democracy. Wouldn't it just be a more inclusive argument to say that OWS is pro democracy ... that we want to implement a set of economic rights like FDR proposed in 1945? Currently, OWS must convince people that it's minority definition of capitalism is the only definition of capitalism when that definition contradicts textbook capitalism. Then Occupy must figure out a way to end capitalism, and I'm not sure how to do that without war. But we can move toward a social democracy, and I think doing so would give the USA a chance to evolve away from exploitative capitalism, but I don't see how we could "end capitalism" without brutality, and that makes OWS hard to support. To me, it's like saying we need better fuel efficiency and then fighting for teleportation.
What Marx predicted does not need to happen. We do not need war to change the USA, not as long as our votes still count. We can move America toward a social democracy (like Denmark or Canada) with socialized health care and publicly financed education and a public safety net. And then, with an educated public, the USA will have a chance to evolve into an anarchist utopia. But that won't happen with uneducated masses, easily swayed by rhetoric of a few evil men. To me, moving toward a truly democratic society all that matters.
"Necessitous men are not free."