Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Day After Capitalism

In 1791, a new economic system was tried. It was called Capitalism and based on Adam Smith's philosophical arguments. The primary focus of capitalism was finding an alternative to slavery in various forms.
Slavery in the form of kingdoms, dictatorships, empires, and other barbaric violations of mankind's basic freedoms has dominated human history. Even religions imposed a basic requirement that limited your access to your God or Gods through a master.

Along came a man named Cicero who spoke of Natural Law. A few years later a "magician" named Jesus took up the cause and birthed a movement based upon individual salvation via direct relationship to God. These philosophies weighed heavy on Adam Smith. He was a devout believer in individual salvation, individual morality and individual worth and through his book "Theory of Moral Sentiments"; a new economic idea began to take shape.

What if each person could harness their own unique value and create a "Free Market" that enabled anyone with a unique idea, skill, or value of any kind to trade with other willing "Free" individuals? What if government did not control "Trade" or regulate who could participate in the creation of wealth? In answering these questions and because Smith had "Had enough" of Kings and mercantilism, Capitalism was created.

It was a beautiful idea and "Free Markets" led to "Freedom" from slavery as British Colonies in the New World established independent and entrepreneurial territories. Poor Englishmen began to travel to America as indentured servants who traded several years of labor for their passage toward a better life. In 1619, a Dutch slave trader traded his cargo of Africans for food at Jamestown. Africans were traded at Jamestown for food and English women cost about 120 pounds of tobacco.  The term slave began use around 1660. In 1662, Africans became servants for life.  By 1680, slaves had become essential to the economy. There was no alternative to slavery at that time.

By 1775, many tobacco growers were perpetually indebted to the British government connected mercantilists and a "Tobacco War" began. Freedom in America was being taken away through British law and financial cronyism. David Hartley called slavery "contrary to the laws of God and the rights of man." In addition, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and for the first time in modern western history, a people declared themselves self governing and free from the King and thereby free from slavery.

"How is it," asked British author Samuel Johnson, "that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?"  Johnson did not realize the high regard for hard work and genius that American Colonists like George Washington held for everyone around them.

Washington readily recognized and applauded the talents among the enslaved. In early 1776, he received a poem from a young woman and, "with a view of doing justice to her great poetical Genius, I had a great Mind to publish the Poem." In gratitude for her gift, he invited her to visit his headquarters in Cambridge. The poet was the now famous Phillis Wheatley, who was then an enslaved Bostonian. In writing of and to her, Washington made no reference to her race: a remarkable omission by the standards of his day (and of our own). In private correspondence during the 1780s and 1790s, Washington repeatedly expressed a devout hope that the state governments would legislate "a gradual Abolition of Slavery; It would prevent much future Mischief." (Chronology on the History of Slavery)
During the American Revolution, the abolition of slavery began. Virginia 1778, the importation of slaves was ended and all slaves in the state were considered legally free. By the Constitution of 1780, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts persons of color were declared citizens of the state. In 1783, the Revolution successfully ends. George Washington becomes the first President in 1784 and he is intent on ending slavery.
"I never mean (unless some particular circumstance should compel me to it) to possess another slave by purchase; it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by slow, sure and imperceptible degrees."--George Washington, September 9, 1786
The only economic idea available to counter slavery was Adam Smith's capitalism requiring each individual to be moral and educated. The American public school system began focused on teaching people to read The Bible. Within 100 years, slavery is abolished in Britain and America and a new era of human prosperity and freedom begins.

Unfortunately, tens of thousands of years of social drive to rule other men did not die with the abolition of slavery. Slavery has arisen with many new names under the pretext of religious and political systems. The major tools for human slavery include submission to a God through dependence upon his self-proclaimed leaders and submission to government through economic dependence.  Pseudo-economic interventionist dogma is used by both religious and political promoters of slavery. 

"Socialism" in its various forms has arisen as the most popular form of slavery.  Communism is slavery based upon class warfare. Fascism is slavery based on racism. Sharia is slavery based upon religion. Each of these political systems share red "socialist" banners. All were kept at bay through capitalist economic prosperity, individual bravery, faith and strength.

Since people generally do not "yearn to breath slave" attacks upon capitalism became the primary marketing tool. Blaming banks or "the rich" have been the most successful appeals to envy and hate. Slogans like "for the people," "hope and change," and "social justice" remain common propaganda tools appealing to group identity. Obfuscations emerged such as labeling fascism "right-wing" and coloring electoral maps to represent socialists as blue and opponents as red. 

Intimidation is the most central theme in slavery through human existence. Political correctness is the westernized tactic to keep people from discussing the failures and irrationality of slavery in its various disguises. Ignorance through miseducation and distraction is the second tenet of slavery. When these tactics fail and groups rise up in opposition they are assaulted and intimidated with personal attacks, demonization, vilification, slander and eventual violence through legal or illegal channels. Ignorant masses are exploited as the tools to exact violence upon the brave and the free.

The day after capitalism came as a shock to an entitled and miseducated public. "Free markets" converted to "slave markets" quickly as people realized that they no longer could provide for themselves or their families. Ignorant and ill equipped to defend themselves, masses of people were fooled into hating and assaulting the people who could stand up to the slave masters. Promises of "social justice" and "equality" appealed to the desperate. Code language was used to identify people to be voilently targeted by those "springing up for equality."

As the dust settled it became clear that essentials were scarce and there were no alternative leaders remaining. Opponents had all been injured, broken or destroyed.  Opposing political groups had been infiltrated and "moderated." Green re-education taught people to live with less and less in submission to "a better planet" and "more sustainable" service to the ruling class.  The tired, poor, huddled masses had no one left to believe in them, only rulers who required their belief.  To satisfy this requirement now requires service, servitude...slavery. The only alternative is to live without income, financial assets, healthcare, education and legal rights as citizenship now requires participation in the master's plan.

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