When looking at the structures of any nation,
their respective economies, and leaders, we encounter the
ideologies that such people uphold in their relationship
with those within that structure by way of their actions.
Falling under the three basic categories of capitalism,
socialism, and communism, with varying degrees thereof,
we can gauge the level of development of the person
upholding such principles, by their very actions:-
Looking at the above diagram, we can see that
whilst the three basic ideologies of capitalism,
socialism, and communism sit one atop the other, in
practise however, the ideologies must be ignored in order
to look at what the controller of the structure actually
does, and how they maintain and interact with those
within that structure.
In order for any human being to interact with
others at a level that would require them to be at a
respective level of development of 60%, then that
individual must be at a level of development of 60%. If
they are merely at a level of 30%, then they can only be
expected to interact with people at a level of 30%, and no more.
Looking at the example of a marriage for
instance, whilst it is generally accepted that such
principles, whilst maybe not the highest in the world,
are of a relatively high nature, especially so, in
comparison with an example of an abusive relationship
along the lines of rape perhaps, this won't stop the
controller of any such marriage hauling that particular
relationship down to their respective level of
development. Therefore we cannot assumed that just
because someone is married, that they are therefore
capable of interacting with whomever they are married to
at the required level that is generally assumed to be
that of a good marriage. In order to make such
ascertations with regards the controlling individuals
current level of development we must, as always, ignore
their words, and look at their actions.
The same examples are forthcoming from the
world of politics on the basis that whilst, as explained
above, the principles behind the respective ideologies of
capitalism, socialism, and communism, are of an
increasing nature as we travel up the evolutionary scale,
we must ultimately look at the actions of whomever
controls the structure in order to gain a true measure of
the controlling individuals current level of development.
For example, in the instance of China, we see
that despite their claims to the contrary, they are not a
communist state, more a socialist one, and as explained
above, whilst the ideology itself is higher than that of
capitalism, the very manner in which the government
interacts with its people, which is shown in their
appalling human rights record, reveals that they are no
more developed than any of their capitalist counterparts,
in which case they'd be better off sticking to just such an ideology.
Ultimately the easiest manner in which to
grade the effective level of development of the
controller of any national structure, is not through the
ideology that they claim to uphold, but as mentioned
before, their management of the economy, and the manner
in which just such actions are ultimately upheld. For
example, just how much of a democracy/dictatorship is
that structure? How big is the gap between rich and poor?
How does the controller implement his will upon the
masses? Are the police armed? How much power do they (and
ultimately the government they represent) have? Is the
law forced upon the masses at gunpoint? etc.
The basic principles underlying the ideology of
capitalism, are those of private ownership. And, as such,
amounts to nothing more than a frenzied free for all.
With private business, and all that entails namely profit
margins, flourishing within such a society, it is no
wonder that all levels of development, occur at the
slowest possible rate, with exceptionally high levels of
both riches and poverty to be experienced by those within such a structure.
Looking at its implementation within a
theoretical village, all aspects of that village will
fall under private ownership, and subsequent control, by
the business man, allowing him to indulge himself in his
unhealthy appetite for profit.
For example, the business men, and subsequent
companies that they form, controlling the water, power,
housing, food, clothing, medicine, entertainment, etc.
will all be expecting a healthy return on their
investments, a return which must, as always, come from
the customer, i.e. the residents of the village who,
within such a society, are existing as nothing more than
mere fuel, for the business mans greed, as they set about
abusing their fellow men.
As a direct result, everyone within that
village, will find themselves with every single economic
transaction that they make, paying the maximum incomings,
in return for the minimum outgoings, of the business man,
as he exercises his implementation of the basic high
incomings/low outgoings equation that makes up the core
of the basic ethics of business. Though the story doesn't
end there, in order that such people may acquire such
money with which they may purchase such goods and
services in the first place, they must go through the
same equation once again, as they receive the minimum
outgoings, or at least part of, from the business man, in
return for their labours.
Technological advancements within such a
society, as is expected, occur at the slowest possible
rate, owing to the basic principles of consumerism which
tend to come hand in hand with the very business
structures which flourish under such and ideology,
hauling alongside it, the primary motives behind any
business mans actions, the acquisition of wealth.
We see, once again, perfect examples of
consumerism, when looking at the electronics industry for
instance. In the case of the humble video recorder for
example, such amazing new machines were thrust upon the
public at large, in a basic form, only to be thrown out,
whenever the business man needed the same customers to
come back for more, with novel new features like long
play, stereo sound etc. Such advancements being clearly
minimal, and occurring only as and when they have to,
they could have easily been made that way in the first
place, but business being what it is, there was no reason
to, aside from making the machine better. More recently,
we see similar examples along the lines of the optical
disk games/video machine (CD-I), again the same pattern
emerges, in that as and when the public at large have
been coerced into purchasing such products, they will
then find themselves being forced to dump their much
loved machines in order to purchase the all new optical
disk games/video machine, only this time with the amazing
new feature of being able to actually record on the disk.
With the same pattern with regards consumerism occurring
yet again, why aren't such machines available at present?
Because the business men haven't finished screwing the
non recordable variety yet. Rest assured, as and when
they have they will then, no doubt, crank up their
advertising campaigns, calling all their old customers
back, in order that such customers may offer themselves
forth in sacrifice once again, and purchase such a new
fangled product, only to have to come back in two years
time to play the same old game again, and again, and again.
The basic principles underlying the ideology of socialism
are that of state ownership. The result of which means
that the state owns pretty much everything. Housing,
factories, shops, farms, banks, television, newspapers etc.
It is therefore within the boundaries of
socialism, that we encounter the possibilities, and
consequent application, if the controller of the
structure so wishes, of a static economy. With the state
directly owning all business, it is therefore possible
for the state to control directly all the respective
incomings and outgoings of those within the structure, by
way of wage rises/reductions, and price rises/reductions,
thereby allowing the controller of the structure to keep
all the respective incomings and outgoings of the
individuals within that structure, constant throughout
the lifetime of that structure, leading to the
possibility of zero inflation, as a direct result of the
greater levels of efficiency within such a structure. For
example, it is quite possible to increase income tax, by
way of reducing the wages, of any given group of workers,
or any sole individual within that grouping of workers,
whilst leaving the effective levels of income tax for
everyone else untouched, a practise which, whilst
theoretically possible within a capitalist structure,
would no doubt ultimately prove highly unworkable as
everyone within that structure would undoubtedly find
themselves being swallowed up under the mountain of
bureaucracy that such principles would entail.
It is therefore also possible, to scrap all
forms of taxation, on the grounds of efficiency. There is
clearly little or no point in giving anyone within that
structure money, only to then take it, or some of it back.
Though this needn't sound as attractive as it first seems,
as all aspects of incoming and outgoing taxation, have
been nothing more than replaced by the states ability to
control such figures directly, as explained above, by
raising lowering peoples, or any grouping of peoples
wages, and raising/lowering the prices of products/services,
or groupings of products/services.
The direct benefits of socialism over
capitalism, can be seen in the recent examples within the
United Kingdom, of the selling off, of prime state assets,
water, gas, electricity, etc.
With such structures handed over on a silver
platter, to those within the business community, eyes
glazed over, foaming at the mouth, penises pulsating with
delight, we see that these companies suck literally
billions and billions of pounds out of the economy, each
and every single year, as they set about increasing their
incomings and or/decreasing their outgoings, in the name
of profit, screwing the customers along the way for every
penny they can get.
The same company is offering the same service,
to the same customer, employing the same workers. There
is therefore no legitimate reason why those companies
could not have been run that way in the first instance,
with the state retaining a 100% shareholding, and
therefore retaining 100% of the profits. Furthermore, if
the state is genuinely representative of the people,
there is no real reason why, as in the above taxational
instance, you can't abolish all such utility bills, on
the grounds that there is clearly little or no point in
making, or even attempting to make, a profit out of
yourself. In which case you merely substitute such bills
for higher taxes in order to provide the necessary
running costs for such services, which are then provided free of charge.
Looking around at the various business
structures that exist within todays capitalist society,
and the billions of pounds that they individually extract
from the national economy every single year, we see that
it is a blatant sign of gross incompetence, and rank
stupidity, within present day government, that they are
prepared to sit around with their proverbial thumbs stuck
up their proverbial backsides, when business men run
around like rats, sucking unbelievable amounts of money
out of the economy, in the name of self gain.
The technological achievements capable under
such principles as socialism, are really quite phenomenal
when compared to those forthcoming from capitalism.
Looking at the theoretical case of socialist principles
being adopted by the United Kingdom, with all business
falling under the direct ownership of the state, and all
the subsequent profit that that entails, merely by
looking at the facts and figures, we see technological
advancements simply not possible under capitalism, allow
themselves to be forthcoming.
For example, within such a capitalist modern
day society as the one in which we live, we invariably
hear such claims as "We estimate that we are ten
years away from a cure for cancer". What is actually
being said, is that at present rates of investment, and
taking into account the number of people we have working
on the problem, they will achieve a cure within a decade.
Therefore with ten times the amount of investment, comes
ten times the amount of effort, therefore decreasing the
estimated arrival time for that particular cure to one
year, double the investment, and subsequent human effort
again, and that time comes down to six months, and so on and so forth.
Such phenomenal sums of money needed for such
activities to take place, simply aren't within the scope
of private business, though assuming all profits
generated by all business land 100% into the pockets of
the state then such outlays are entirely feasible. A few
cases in point being microchip, and space technology. If
such technological development was simply left to private
investors, then they simply would not have been
forthcoming. Such huge leaps in technology only came to
be with the respective governments concerned getting
their cheque books out, with the sole desire of writing
off all development costs. Something business men simply,
in the case of putting such large sums of money up front,
could not, and in the case of writing such sums off, would not do.
Sitting at the top of the political spectrum, comes the
holy grail of ideologies, communism. The basic principles
of which are that of community ownership of all things
within that community.
With the onset of such an ideology, not only
do we wave goodbye to the business man, and all his
unsavoury practises, but also everything that comes with
it, riches, and with that poverty, unemployment, hunger,
homelessness, crime, prostitution, in short a virtual end
to all the artificially induced forms of human suffering
that are present in modern day society.
With such principles as the community owning,
and therefore having direct control over everything
within that community, they therefore have the
opportunity to do just about anything they want to do. If
they fancy having some form of swimming pool for instance,
they simply build one, a bar, again they build one,
bowling alley, fun fair, anything. And once such
buildings are actually built they are there for everyone
within that community to enjoy at their leisure, free of charge.
With exterior forms of control being lifted
from the masses, there is therefore no legitimate need
for money. With money being nothing more than a manner in
which large numbers of people may be more accurately
placed and controlled within any society, it is therefore
rendered as being useless and nothing more than it ever
really was, paper tickets. Paper tickets cannot build a
community, nor can it maintain any community to any
particular standard of living. Such activities require
effort, human effort. If that community requires a twenty
four hour pizza parlour, then the required amount of man
hours required in order to run such an establishment must
be forthcoming from that community, a certain amount of
electricity, again a certain amount of effort, with the
total amount of effort required to sustain that community's
chosen way of life, being shared out equally amongst the
working members of that community.
With the removal of the state as a governing,
and therefore ruling entity, we see the emergence of the
state as a nation of member communities, each doing their
own thing, and living together in co-operation. And with
the abolition of such a governing entity comes the
abolition of that entity's law and order, and subsequent
rules and regulations. Leaving any such communities
existing within such a nation, to deal with their own
problems, as and when they arise., and on their own merits.
The technological developments available under
such an ideology are greater still, that that of both
capitalism, and socialism. With the example of capitalism
such advances will only be forthcoming as and when they
have to, and not before, owing to the ethics of business.
In socialism, such developments were made greater still
with the ability to plough phenomenal sums of money into
such actions, combined with the ability to completely
write off large proportions, if not all, of the
development costs concerned. And in the example of
communism, we see that within the constrictive boundaries
of the lower ideologies, the only reason such
advancements were forthcoming, was because the respective
controllers of such structures permitted it. In ploughing
money into such actions, they created jobs in such areas,
and with those jobs, come people performing those jobs,
bringing with them the most powerful problem solving
machine known to man, the human brain.
Implementing such an ideology within society,
brings with it the abolition of all the unpleasant
aspects present within the world of business and the
desires of the men within that world, consumerism,
advertising etc. etc. each being nothing more than
convincing people to buy non descript products which they
very probably neither want or need, diet milk shakes,
insurance's, pensions, crap products which will only need
replacing once everybody has bought such a product etc.
When the true needs of man are taken into consideration,
food, water, shelter, power, clothing, stimulation etc.
the amount of effort involved in providing such products
and services, are surprisingly small, especially so, when
such things as profit margins and overindulgences are
abolished, even more so when the true nature of such an
ideology shines, co-operation.
For example, with each community living
together under one flag, as a family, greater levels of
efficiency are achieved in almost all aspects of their
daily lives. Cooking for instance, whilst it takes a
certain amount of effort for one hundred people to cook
themselves one meal each, the amount of overall effort is
greatly reduced, when those one hundred people get
together, and cook collectively for one hundred people.
Therefore with minimal levels of effort being
exerted by the people of such a society, comes a greater
level of leisure time, for each of those people to
indulge themselves in whatever form of stimulation they
see fit, a trip to the bowling alley, the cinema,
swimming pool, pub, amusement arcade, educating
themselves in the subject of their choosing to the level
of their choosing, anything they want, completely free of charge.
© Sean Copland 1995-2014