finally got some time to blog 🙂 I hope all is doing well. This is piece I wrote for the school newspaper on capitalism. My apologies for some poor grammar but I was irate I hope you can Forgive me. I am aware that socialism or an economic system has its flaws. I just don’t see this particular one being our only possibility. I would love comments if you have the time :]
thank you again for your support,
The Hard Truth
Readers Note: I have not left my name for a simple reason, as much as the beloved school I am writing for is very open to ideas and viewpoints; I am about to speak on every thing that a student is not supposed to talk about with a personal opening in a scholastic setting: Religion and Politics. These are the 2 things that without an objective view one can think of these terms as “those who must not be named” but instead of an evil wizard being the sensitive subject, it is the fundamental parts of society that makes us keep to our own discretion. No we do not live in a dictatorship but if someone heard what I am about to say it would probably cause an uproar. Surprisingly, despite what it appears I’m not going to critique the Middle East or the infamous leader of Toronto- I am going to speak on the subject that modernized our society with its, in my opinion, cruelty- I am going to speak on Capitalism.
Capitalism, the fundamental basis of our modernized society, without it; no cars, no trains, no television, I think in a way that sometimes we’d be better off without it. From my viewpoint of being subject to needs that go beyond food, clothing, and other things of the same nature, Capitalism leaves me to be abused by things that break down easily as a way to get more money to the company. I have been in personal situations in which it is extremely “personal” and long story short Capitalism’s need to make a buck leaves me with my pants down in mid air. You try to put on a brave face, but it’s just downright embarrassing. I, however, am lucky compared to the atrocities that happened in the past and now as a way to make a fortune off of other people’s misery. One only has to look at the Oscar winner for Best Picture to see visual evidence of this harsh truth, Twelve Years A Slave. In this film the truth about the slave trade, and it is an ugly truth, is shown to have no mercy- skin being ripped from people’s flesh under the whip of Capitalism. Also, the religion factor comes in to play as the true antagonist of the film, James Birch, states: “and that servant that don’t obey his lord shall be beaten with many strides. That’s scripture.” This quotation, in my opinion, has whatever the higher power may be going: “that’s not me, that is your creation of fear through Capitalism, not to mention power.” Capitalism not only killed back then but it kills now. Outsourcing factories can crush differences and honest labour.
Then the politics of it:
Capitalism stops the world from ending another holocaust. For those who don’t know or can’t remember because of busyness or a dislike for Social Studies, China is part of the United Nations council. One of the “ Big Five”, the small group of countries who can veto other decisions so, of course, China would defend it’s Communist brother and neighbour, along with Russia, to say “no, don’t attack, please.” I am sure smiling sweetly all the while, as the U.N. does with these situations, the world backs off, and why do we back off? Partly because of the numbers against us with two of the largest countries on the opposing side, but I am sad to say that it is not because of Human Rights violations that we start wars, it is because they have product that we can sell or buy. Korea is doing nothing wrong in that respect, like Iran did or Afghanistan, but it is not even for that reason that we have backed off. It is because the computer I am using was made in China, my calculator was made in China, every commodity that the student uses or anyone in the Western world for that matter, is most likely made in China. So, if we said no, apparently we would only be left with the scraps on our back, at least that is how it appears for the Western world to take it. Sounds like a Capital idea? Not if you have a social conscience as big as this writers. We’ve got image evidence of concentration camps in North Korea, killing fields, but because of the product, those people are left alone. After all, one of the main ideas of Adam Smith was if you can’t build yourself up, then it is the individual’s fault. Would he say the same about the concentration camp? More importantly, does the world?
Taxes suck, I am not denying that, but if we were to raise taxes then things like I experience wouldn’t happen, and perhaps we would get a bigger social heart and actually have a backbone to help people.
What do you think? Is Capitalism really that capital or is it societal capital punishment?
You don’t have to be killed physically to die.
A Concerned Citizen with a Heart