There has been much said and written about capitalism, imperialism, feminism, socialism, communism, and all the other “isms”.
Some of the “isms” have been crammed down the throats of people who were forced to accept the given philosophy or die. It was the administrators of them, not the philosophy itself which was evil.
But it never ceases to amaze me how “capitalism” has become the altar on which all things “bad” are laid. It is forced on no one. It is not, on its face, oppressive. It is an economic philosophy which gives every player the chance to play.
Capitalism is free enterprise. Free enterprise only works under one scenario. It gives the people what they want. Capitalism is not a mystery…it is PEOPLE who seek to make money from others who want what they have to sell. It is, more often than not, a RESULT of what the people want, rather than an escort to get them there.
Capitalism is often touted as the work of the devil; that products are so seductively put a on the market that the masses are duped into buying into it. Some claim that the music moguls put the money out there to publish and sell that which the self-perceived oppressed, angry, violent, ganster devil worshipers want. The music powersthatbe would publish ME if it would sell. It may be bad judgment, but it is capitalism at its best.
The “capitalist” is a person who sees a need, a human condition, or a void in the marketplace, and fills it. It is not heinous or subversive, or anything to be attacked or feared. Capitalism has been the benefactor of most of the things we now hold dear. It is the mother of technology, it is the father of research and development, and it is the child of freedom. The fact that there are those who monetarily benefit does not make it something to deride. Do some people with money and power abuse it? Of course they do, but find me something, anything that has no component or hint of abuse. It doesn’t exist.
We live in a world where PEOPLE dictate what they want, and PEOPLE dictate what they get. It is the responsibility of the people to speak out and rise up and say NO, to withhold their disposable income, and to rebuff that which would make us less in favor of that which would make us more.
One cannot legislate thought. Because I don’t like something, doesn’t make it censorable. I am not a huge fan of many things which are “out in the world”, but they, as much as I, have a right to be out there. Where I think the line comes is as fine as a gossamer thread.
When something “incites” people to unacceptable behavior, then it crosses the line from that which is free, to that which is destructive. Until a clear line can be drawn, we are forced, as human beings who support freedom of expression and philosophy, to leave it up to the individual to make a choice.
To lay the claim of the devil at “capitalism”, or democracy, or Islam, or even war is deluded. The devil works in far more subtle ways. Only people who are like minded against that which would erode human dignity can defeat it. But they have a wide row to hoe. It isn’t restricted to any one industry, the media, or the self-proclaimed televangelists who sneak off to do the deed with a mistress between tapings. The devil is where you find him. (that is, if one is so predisposed to believe in him). If not, then equate the devil with that which would make us less than we should be.
Socialism, although a hard concept to swallow for those of us raised with a capitalist philosophy, is a hard pill. It’s philosophy, like communisim, kills incentive, breed laziness, and does a disservice to the journey we are here for. But there are some aspects of socialism (and even communism), which, in their purest philosophical form, are not evil. Feminism is the subject of another piece It took up too much room in this one.
Most “isms” in their purest form are not bad things. People who abuse them make them bad. Countries have risen and fallen, not on philosophies, but on rigidity, which killed the human spirit, retarded research and technology, gave man no hope of bettering himself, and bred despair. This capitalist country, for all its faults, isn’t rigid. It blends many of the isms which is why it has thrived and will continue to do so.