*Written by Rob Rimes.
“A man who publicly talks or writes about the opposition between capitalism and socialism without having fully familiarized himself with all that economics has to say about these issues is an irresponsible babbler.” - Ludwig von Mises
Capitalism: it is a word that for some means freedom, prosperity and the answer to all of our economic woes. To others, probably most in the media and in the Capital Beltway, it is a dirty word. See, capitalism is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. We can blame sloppy cuntpickles like Michael Moore and Karl Marx for pimping their bullshit view of it to the feeble masses. Granted, it is also those feeble masses that grasp onto that skewed misrepresentation of capitalism without fact checking and looking into it for themselves. People, especially liberals and college aged hipster-hippie hybrids, view capitalism as the supreme force of oppression in the world. They are so sure of their position and any friendly debate on the subject is usually met with hatred and anger backed by the blind faith in their own idiotic stance. Their theory and understanding of capitalism is similar to Swiss cheese, as it is full of holes. It doesn’t matter to these pro-socialist “moral pillars of strength” what the real facts are. Truth be told, I know I am writing this pretty much in vain, as those who agree with me don’t need a refresher course in reality and those who sit on the other side of the fence don’t really care about what lies on this side because this side is full of evil minions to the money devils who feed on the blood and sweat from the less-fortunate working class people of the world. But fuck it, I’m writing this anyway.
Capitalism, quite simply is complete freedom. It is freedom to do what you want and to use your skills or your sweat to try and prosper and make a living for yourself. It is a flawless and perfect system, contrary to what people think they know to be true. Truth is, in a capitalist system, everybody has a fair shot at being the winner. I know the libsnots reading this are laughing right now, just waiting for me to further prove my insanity. Well, my stance is not insane, in fact, when you look at it realistically and understand the true essence of capitalism and all other isms, you may become enlightened.
See, we have never really had true capitalism in this country. Well, at least not for the last 100 years. What we have had for a century or more is a system where capitalism is in constant combat with socialism, progressivism and big government regulation. We do not live in a capitalistic nation, as much as that pains me to say. What we live in is an oligopoly. You could just call it a clusterfuckistic system but oligopoly seems to fit when one looks at the fact that this country is made up of a cluster of monopolistic corporations that only exist, in the way that they do, through big government meddling. The big government meddling is what destroys the capitalist state. It is that meddling that gives capitalism a bad name.
People, typically of the left, do not seem to be able to make the correlation between crony capitalism and capitalism. Crony capitalism is not really capitalism it is what happens when government implements regulations, restrictions, subsidies, tariffs and any other thing that they do to tweak the system. Essentially, the government picks the winners and the losers in a classic case of “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”. When the government picks the winners and the losers the free market is eliminated, freedom is snuffed out and capitalism crumbles. Capitalism IS freedom. Capitalism IS the free market. The meddling stifles capitalism. Point blank fucking PERIOD.
When the shitnipple maroons call for “social justice” they do not understand what exactly it is they are calling for. Social justice is a pipe dream, it is something that does not and cannot ever truly exist. It is the bookish lib’s answer to the monstrosity that is capitalism. If only that bookish lib actually picked up a book that wasn’t on their professor’s required reading list. If that happened, they could potentially learn the error of their misguided ways. Then again, they don’t want to.
Most arguments against capitalism are born out of the inability to understand the difference between true capitalism and government-regulated capitalism. One argument is that capitalism creates a divide between the rich and the poor. Another argument is that capitalism keeps the rich in power: forever. It is also believed that capitalism is oppressive and that it exploits the less fortunate. It has been blamed as the destroyer of communities, the essence of greed and the evil empire that devours mom and pop only to shit out mega-super-uber-stores on every corner in America. It destroys the environment. It is looked at as a global epidemic that forces its way into international markets to create Americanized slaves that fiend for Big Macs, Marlboros, Centrum Silver and Levi’s 501 jeans. God forbid capitalism and its intrusion into foreign societies! How dare they make the Chinese buy Adidas deodorant and Coach bags! What’s next, the Chinese themselves turning away from their communist system and embracing capitalism? Um..yes! As they champion in capitalism, we seem to be championing in socialism. It’s a sad ass state of fucking affairs y’all! Maybe China is where I will live in the future. I need to remember to order the Mandarin set from Rosetta Stone when I get home tonight.
Leaving the China point for now, I want to focus on one of the arguments against capitalism. That argument is that capitalism divides the classes: making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer while the middle class ceases to be. This argument is bullshit, here’s why.
The first question I pose is a common one when discussing the subject of capitalism and poverty. The question is this: have you ever gotten a job from a poor person? Now while that can be foolishly debated, the general answer is “no”. If it weren’t for rich people and the opportunities they provide, due to their own successes, most people would be in a position much worse than they are now. Capitalism creates prosperity all the way down the line. If government stifles capitalism, the opportunity for prosperity all the way down the line is also stifled. The economics of capitalism are really just plain fucking common sense. There are no magic tricks or smoke and mirrors here. Criss Angel is pulling no strings.
Apart from working for someone, the reality is that, under capitalism, no poor man is prevented or prohibited from creating his own fortune and his own prosperity. Let’s jump into the DeLorean, fire up the Flux Capacitor, and go way back to a time when capitalism existed in the United States in a much purer form than it does today.
In the latter half of the 1800′s, droves upon droves of people came to this country for the opportunity to prosper in a truly free society. In the 1800′s, government meddling in the affairs of economics and the free market was damn near non-existent compared to modern times. Thanks to the government keeping their hands off of business and industry, the Industrial Revolution was born and millions of immigrants became successes and lived out their individual American Dreams. America became a great nation, if not the best nation in the world. American Exceptionalism was the reality of the day.
You see, millions of non-English speaking immigrants crashed our shores, set up shop and within a generation, many if not most, became huge success stories. People that could be no more than farmhands, servants, shepherds or cobblers became doctors, lawyers, businessmen, inventors, scientists and tycoons. Capitalism brought these people out of their meager existence and provided them with a platform to become whatever they wanted to become. Within a generation, these immigrants were among America’s elite! Because of this, more people flocked to America and the world’s most talented and most skilled became true Americans citizens that contributed to our rise as the beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world. Capitalism gave birth to the greatest nation on Earth.
The pro-socialist front is completely inept to the reality of capitalism. They would rather live under a system where the government “redistributes the wealth” and provides nationalized health care. Let me ask another question: who is better off, the guy who is provided for by the state, who eats, sleeps and breathes regulated and rationed welfare or the guy who busted his ass, persevered amongst the competition and got a job working for Apple, Citigroup, Verizon, Conoco-Phillips, Bank of America, General Electric or AOL/Time-Warner? That guy is the guy who can stand on his own two feet and provide for his own?
To quote a line from the article “Capitalism and Poverty” published on Capitalism.org, who would people rather be under:
“A Mother Teresa who hands them bowls of slop every day, so they can barely exist — or a genius like Bill Gates who creates a fortune for himself by helping others to create fortunes for themselves, i.e., “where the first feeds them for a day, the second helps them feed themselves.” Observe that it is the Bill Gates of the world who are not allowed to exist in India — and the Mother Teresas who are.”
I think the answer here is obvious, but that brings me to another argument. That being the fallacious argument that corporations are inherently evil and that they crush the backs of the little people by exploiting their skills and labor: selling products and services saturated with the blood and sweat of the non-rich. Yawn.
First of all, corporations are generally looked at as profit-driven monsters out to devour the common man and rip his soul to fucking shreds. People fail to realize that corporations, in their simplest form, are groups of individuals. Corporations are people too. In fact, corporations employ most people, especially in the United States. If the corporation who provides you with a paycheck is “evil” then get off of your damn ass, go out and get another job: simple as that. Or try to be the hero and destroy the phantom beast from within, but good luck with that approach homie.
See, contrary to popular bullshit, people are not at the mercy of the corporation or their employers. The fact is, in a free market system, people have the freedom to choose their own way. One can argue that a single mother with six kids is locked in her job and can’t quit and that the employer who knows this is going to push her against the wall, day in and day out. While the employer may be a retched douchebag, the woman has the choice to stay there or not to stay there. In contrast to the capitalistic system, in a socialist or communist society the woman would not have the freedom to make that choice. Her position in life would have been chosen for her and there would be no escape from it, other than to flee her country, probably illegally and short of death, in an attempt to make her way to America. I mean really folks, which system perpetuates more abuse?
The truth is that corporations provide countless opportunities for people all over the world. Corporations are the creators of jobs and the supplier of nearly all the world’s currency to the common man. Without corporations, many people would starve. I’m not talking about the amount of starving people we have now, I am talking the possibility of global famine.
Without the opportunities provided by corporations, billions of people would be out of work. Granted, they could go into business for themselves but the dog-eat-dog atmosphere on the global scale would be monolithic. In the end, even in this fantasy scenario, corporations would just rise anyway; it is fucking inevitable. Besides that, the level of just general innovation and progress in the world would be slowed down tremendously. People couldn’t create on a large scale, in the same way, without the corporate entity.
At their core, corporations are a voluntary collection of organized labor and innovation, taking the risk in a shared endeavor. Corporations pull together the resources for a common goal to achieve profit. When it comes to the sheer number of the people that are a part of this voluntary collection, just keep in mind that the top 10 Fortune 500 companies alone employ over 5 million workers. That’s not counting the other 490 companies!
Now, I am not trying to paint all corporations as fucking saints here, let’s be realistic. There are those corporations who do exploit the worker and the common man. However, going back to the issue about government meddling, one can see that it is that factor that allows certain corporations to get away with such activity. It is the crony capitalism that creates these heinous scenarios and because of that, it is crony capitalism that needs to be exposed for what it is. If the markets and trade were truly free, corporations who used these sorts of tactics to fatten their bottom line would quickly fall to a more ethical competitor. Regulation of business and trade, as stated before, picks the winners and losers. When the winner is locked into the top spot, with competition eliminated and politicians turning a blind eye, they are able to run rampant and literally get away with murder. Under a pure capitalistic system, this could not be.
What also must be understood is that corporations don’t do bad things, people do. Once you look at the fact that corporations are a collective of individuals working together towards a common goal, you can better understand that, like with all groups, there are usually a few bad apples. However, for every bad apple, there are several other people within a company who are ethical and who want to prosper and use their goods or services to better the world. Yes, it is about profit at the end of the day, but to create profit one has to create a good or service that is in demand by the consumer. The most successful and important products are the ones that change the world and redefine our lives.
In regards to the bad apples, those are the people we usually hear about on the news. They are able to get away with what they do because of government management and regulation of the system. The ladder climbing dickbags who take the shortcuts and trade favors do so because of our polluted political system. When our eye is off the ball in Washington and our leaders pull off their infamous backroom deals, another example of crony capitalism is born. If “we the people” aren’t responsible and informed enough to hold our representatives accountable, then how can we be sure that they are doing the right thing for our country economically? How can we be sure that they aren’t working out a deal that will benefit their district, even though it may seem noble, that will somehow leave others negatively affected by a seemingly minor regulation that has hatched some sort of unintended consequence? It happens everyday in America.
Moving on to another argument, I want to dispel the myth that capitalism creates monopolies. Just like every other argument thus far, the growth of corporations into monopolies would be damn near impossible if it weren’t for regulation by the federal government. The free market is a natural remedy to the problem of monopolies, let alone the oligopolies that run the world out in the open and behind the scenes. When you look at the sources of nearly every monopoly, you find that it has become what it is through government intervention.
Super-Economist Milton Friedman, the man behind the series “Free To Choose”, asked a student years ago, that if he could pass just one law that would limit the growth of monopolies, what would that law be. The student, after some thought, proposed that the government should limit the size of the market that companies can offer their goods or services to. You see, when you break down what this student said, you can see that his method is simply about leveling the playing field. It is creating “fairness” and thus, limiting the success of the companies who have bested their competition. Most companies would fall under the weight of this proposal and those that survived would not be allowed to grow and in turn could not hire new employees as they expanded. Eventually, we would get to where there is only one company left standing and just by default, that company, by itself, would be a monopoly.
Milton Friedman didn’t go that deep with the student in breaking down his one magic law, but what he did was rebuttal with a suggestion. What Mr. Friedman suggested was that the answer to eliminating the monopoly/oligopoly problem was free trade. He continued with:
“Eliminate all tariffs and all restrictions on foreign trade and you enable the world to come in as competition to prevent domestic monopoly.”
Sounds pretty easy, right? Too bad the government can’t keep their hands off.
It is similar tactics that created and prolonged the Great Depression as well as our country’s current economic recession. The meddling is troublesome and destructive. Chaos is born out of anything that the government has tried to control. There is absolutely no evidence to the contrary, so why should it be any different when they try to tinker and tweak the capitalistic system?
The next argument is the one that claims that capitalism has poisoned the world by forcibly Americanizing and destroying the cultures of foreign lands. This is one of those senseless and idiotic assertions that make me want to headbutt anti-capitalists in the fucking teeth.
So is there some invisible gun being held to the heads of all the people around the world who are dying to get American products, as well as wanting to experience American pop culture? Only if there is an invisible gun forcing Americans to watch Anime and buy Hello Kitty panties. Common sense shatters this half-assed myth. The point is American culture captivates people, especially those who don’t experience it on the level that we do in the United States.
Realistically, we are all probably so desensitized to everything and most of our cultural awesomeness is taken for granted and considered just common experiences. To rectify our cultural desensitization, many Americans watch Asian cinema and French films. Many buy toys, trinkets and other interesting foreign goods because it is different and unique: an escape from the norm. This works both ways. The cool thing about it is our cultural exchange brings all of us closer together and helps us understand one another on a more intimate level. It is no wonder why the party-pooping shitcocks want to piss on our parade. God forbid we don’t live in fear of one another. God forbid we find commonality and like-interests.
While the government in Iran bitches about the Americanization of their youth, Glenn Beck is balling his eyes out over the Chinese toys in Happy Meal boxes. You can’t force cultural nationalism. That useless and bullshit tactic is quickly becoming a thing of the past and those who don’t go with the flow of the river are just going to be smashed on the rocks.
Another stupid fucking argument against capitalism is that by allowing companies to run free without regulation, those companies will take advantage of the consumer. That sounds logical, I have to admit, but when one observes and understands the machinations of federal regulation, common sense takes over and shatters that crackpot myth. Keeping this as simple as possible, let me break it down.
When the government regulates a business, that business’ profits are negatively affected. A regulation, whether it is a limit on their reach as a producer or a tax or tariff on their goods, shrinks a company’s bottom line. If the bottom line is shrunk enough, the company has to lay off their employees and often times has to shut their doors. If they want to remain competitive, they simply can’t. So for a company to survive under these circumstances, it has to pass the cost of these various regulations on to the consumer.
For example, a Mace Windu lightsaber for your kid that was once $20 is now $30 because of corporate tax hikes on the plastic company that makes the shell of the lightsaber. Also, new safety regulations were implemented on the electronics company that makes the lightsaber light up while having cool sound effects. That’s not all; the factory that prints the boxes for the lightsaber was affected by the rising cost of ink, due to the ink company’s attempt at surviving environmental regulations. The company that distributes the toy from the factory to the store is affected by the rising gas prices due to new regulations on petroleum as well as payroll increases do to union meddling. The store then has to compensate at the end of the line due to new local taxes it has to pay on its property. This seems like a crazy scenario but this is what is happening to businesses all over.
In a capitalist system without these regulations, the lightsaber would still be $20. Hell, it would probably be a lot cheaper. The fact of the matter is, once again, that crony capitalism and regulation are to blame here, not capitalism itself! Is the common sense aspect of how capitalism works starting to sink into your skull yet?
Another area where capitalism takes a lot of shit is in regards to prices. People often bitch about the price of things and blame capitalism as the greedy beast behind what these people feel are goods and services that are too expensive. Apparently these people don’t realize that they don’t have to buy a goddamned thing that they don’t want to: well except for health insurance, thanks to fucking Obamacare. Realistically though, what you buy is your choice. There are plenty of choices and alternatives out there.
The fact that people have freedom of choice doesn’t seem to concern the government however. Just like with everything else, the federal government thinks that they have the authority and right to meddle with the system. In this case, the government directly sets limits and regulations on prices! To some of you bleeding heart pissants, this may sound great. However, those of us with a sense of reality can clearly see how this is fucking horrendous. For those confused, let me explain why.
I’m going to use the example of rent control because I recently read Robert P. Murphy’s “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism” and he made a great point with it. Also, it is an example that hits home: literally.
See, with rent control, the government is essentially capping the price a landlord can charge for a particular unit in his building. This is, of course, done so that poor people can have “affordable housing”. Like with every socialist program, to the unenlightened it seems noble but in reality, it is a gigantic clusterfuck of unintended consequences.
What rent control really does is it provides less housing for people, not to mention turning the existing housing into slums. The reason being that if the government comes in and says that Unit A which is priced at $500 now has to be priced at $100, more people are either going to buy up more units or the landlord is going to rent out less, as the government regulation has just eliminated the opportunity for profit. In essence, a housing shortage has just been created. Try explaining this logic to progressives.
In fact, if the landlord does rent the units out, his very small profit margin makes it difficult for him to be able to maintain the property. So if a dishwasher breaks, a leak destroys a ceiling or the heater needs repair, chances are, it is less likely to be taken care of by a landlord with little to no money. Thus, the slumlord is born.
So when a property developer shows up in your town to make a multi-million dollar high-rise apartment complex, the developer is doing this to make as much profit as he can: that’s Business 101. Now, is this developer going to build in the area where there is government regulated rent control or is he going to build where he has the freedom to charge what he wants? You see, under this example, rent control programs disable a town from being able to effectively manage their long-term growth. Basically, the growing population is stuck in the same shitty rundown apartments that the city has been controlling for years.
Rent control takes houses off the market and prevents new ones from being erected. This is just one example of government intervention in price control but it doesn’t take much to see how to apply this to other areas.
Capitalism also catches a bad and misunderstood rap when it comes to how it affects the environment. Lefty Greenpants wants you to believe that the evil corporations spawned from the satanic womb of capitalism are polluting our oceans, smogging our skys and creating the mythical creature known as “man made global warming”.
Man, why are hippies still around? They are pretty much a useless and whiny sect of society apart from just living in the past and looking for their new Vietnam to protest, which they’ve found in the green movement that is relentlessly pushing for eco-fascism. So anyway, sorry for the previous run-on sentence. Moving ahead, let me use my magic to dispel this bullshit liberal talking point.
If capitalism does anything, it helps the overall health of the environment. Yes, I wrote it. Hell, I’ll write it again. If capitalism does anything, it helps the overall health of the environment. There, has it sunk in? No, probably not.
The real problem is that government meddling, as with all things, makes this particular situation worse. You see, the environmental practices in a socialist or communist society are much worse than they are in a capitalist society. One has to look no further than the tragedy at Chernobyl. The nuclear reactor accident that took the lives of dozens of people and still leaves the area radiated 25 years later, could have been prevented in a capitalist society. It was the government controlled communist regime that allowed the nuclear power plant to fall into ruin. Do you think this would have happened had the power plant been privately owned? The short answer: fuck no!
Now clueless lefties may want to counter with the Three Mile Island scare in the United States but in reality, it was just a scare. Public outcry and their overblown reaction were really due to the fact that the film ‘The China Syndrome’ was released less than two weeks earlier. That film, its premise being about meltdown at a nuclear reactor, came out during the big boom of Hollywood disaster films. This was the primary cause of the hysteria that surrounds the incident even to this day.
When the subject is recycling, capitalism also outshines government regulations on that. The fact is, government and Lefty Greenpants did not invent recycling: capitalism did. For decades, if not centuries, capitalism has recycled and reused countless products and resources in an order to maximize their profits and eliminate senseless waste. Whether those products or resources are plastic, steel, cardboard, aluminum, etc.
The way government screws it up is that they enforce environmental regulations that force companies to recycle nearly everything. By trying to eliminate waste the government is creating more waste. How so?
Under regulation, companies are forced to make changes to the way they run things. They now have to transport, or pay someone to transport materials to a facility to be recycled. In some cases, they have to build and maintain their own facilities to handle the recycling of resources. These practices cost money, time and negatively impact profit. Also, the transportation of goods causes pollution, as does the new methods of recycling. It is an example of how trying to fix a problem, which isn’t even a problem mind you, only makes the problem much worse for everyone. The government invents new problems while killing jobs in the process.
Private corporations are well aware of which materials are beneficial to recycle and which aren’t. The government is just working for lobbyists with an uninformed or blatantly wrong agenda. There are times when producing new goods and materials are cheaper and more beneficial than having to recycle them. The corporations are going to do what is best to maximize their profits. Capitalism in and of itself is anti-waste. Let them make the best decisions for their company and stay the fuck out of the way.
It is often said that capitalism is the promoter of greed. Do I need to refer to Gordon Gekko’s Oscar-winning “greed is good” speech from the amazing 1987 film ‘Wall Street’? No? Well, to this argument I say, “so fucking what?” Is greed really a bad thing? Sure, greed can lead people down a road of doing underhanded and shitty things in an effort to make more money, but this goes back to my long section on corporations and individuals.
The point is, is that greed has created much more than it has destroyed. That’s the reality that your liberal professors don’t want you to know. Greed has fathered more innovation and more progress than any other conceivable factor one can come up with. To argue against this is fucking ludicrous and completely and utterly pointless. Without greed, we’d all still be cave dwellers chewing on bark!
Throughout history, whenever a scientist or an inventor said that they were trying to better mankind and the world, I’m sure they were telling the truth. However, it was the fattening of their wallet that gave them that motivation. Whether it was greed for money, fame, success or just general notoriety, doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that greed was the catalyst.
Why do you get up every morning? You get up to make money. It doesn’t matter if you desire to make money for yourself, your family or to buy a nicer car. The point is: money is your motivator. To deny that fact is just ignorant and pretty fucking arrogant, especially, when each and every one of us would be happy to receive more money.
Now some of you may feel like you have enough and are fine with what you’ve got. That’s admirable, a bit lame and borderline moronic, but admirable. Anyway, are you telling me that you wouldn’t take more money? It isn’t something you necessarily have to use on yourself but if you’re the charitable type, which I personally feel should be everyone, isn’t there a lot you could do with that money? I’m posing this question without implying what the source of the money could be, just assume in this example that it is legit and clean money. Wouldn’t you use it for something positive?
See, I understand the guy who doesn’t want to take money from a shady source or cash that came from some sort of criminal activity. There is nothing wrong with putting morals before prosperity for some people and I respect that, as I too wouldn’t take a couple grand from a hypothetical drug dealer to use on whatever I saw fit. However, as far as earning an honest living and doing what it takes to maximize your profits, that is what makes the world go ‘round kiddos. Greed is the creator: love it or hate it. As Junior M.A.F.I.A. said back in ‘95, “Get Money!”
There are many more subjects I could tackle in regards to capitalism and the anti-capitalistic mentality but this article has already surpassed epic proportions. As I am confronted with other issues and examples I will continue to write on the subject. The first sentence in this article was: Capitalism: it is a word that for some means freedom, prosperity and the answer to all of our economic woes. Hopefully now, you understand and see why.
Take what was written here if you must and go do your own research. If you approach the subject objectively and honestly, your doubts and fears about capitalism will be greatly diminished. However, if you want to be a jackass twatbag, keep believing the lies of your coffee shop heroes and your unionized teachers. Point blank: capitalism is butter baby!
“Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.” – Ayn Rand