Monday, August 27, 2012

There You Go Again....

  • Maybe I should just quote Ronald Reagan and tell these folk who are trying to "educate" me about the coming "classless" society, "There you go again."  It would certainly save time.  My friend Sophia on Google Plus has been patiently lecturing me on how what's good for the rich is always bad for the poor and how the economy is a zero-sum game in which the only way I do well is if you do poorly. She waxes most poetical on the subject of the classless society and how if we're all the same class we'd all share the same interests and things would be hunky dory.  The whole thing is just more of the simplistic, Politics 101 sort of piffle you get in a typical leftist university.  Here is my answer to her. It's long-winded, Sorry about that, but she lit a fire under my boiler.....

I wonder how many leftist women so busily pushing
for the classless society are really going to hate the wardrobe.
It is in the interest of what you call the "capitalist class" to busy the proletariat with fighting among themsleves. Congratulations, you've bought their argument. I, myself, am a capitalist though not of the group you prand with that name.  I recognize no classes. So long as I have the right to trade, manufacture or do any danmned thing I can to make a living no matter where I was born or into what circumstances, there is not group I cannot hob knob with on an equal footing. Therefore, classes do not exist except in the minds of those for whom it is important to create such classes and assign themselves to loftier ones to boost their own self esteeem.

Are there rich people who own large pieces of big companies? Of course there are. Do they have more than me? Of course they do. Because of my circumstances (family members with bipolar) I am limited as to what I can safely do for a living. A free market economy allows me to figure out ways to make a living other than by putting on the party worker's uniform and leaving my loved ones unattended for 60 hours a week.

I do not believe that one man selling his goods and making money from it, in any way takes money away from me. I subscribe to the "rising tide lifts all boats" theory of economics. When rich people become richer, so do I.  Rich guys pay more taxes than I ever will. They create more jobs than I ever could. Good for them I say. The idea that what benefits one takes from another sounds reasonable, but it's not. It's a false belief that the voodoo priests of socialism teach in order to create class envy so they can bring on the revolution that puts them in power. Read it. It's in all their books.
So called anarchists and socialists claim their one class revolution will create a single class society and that all will then be good because we will all share the same interests (your words). That's balderdash. The truth is that many of the old money wealthy have embraced socialism as a way to create a nice safe monochromatic worker class to protect themselves from the consequences of their own excesses. Why do you think people like Barak Obama have so much money pumped into their campaigns? It ain't coming from the poor.  It's because the wealthy think that he and the ideas of people like his teachers and friends will protect their wealth, positions and power. They fear the rise of a true free market capitalism.
Under free market capitalism, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Behr Stern and GM would all have collapsed under their own weight of corruption. Executives would NOT have had their bonuses protected and the ruin of those businesses would have helped pay their creditors. And we taxpayers would not be on the hook for the trillions it took to save their sorry butts.

AND after the collapse, new smaller, leaner, more efficient businesses would have risen from the ashes and absorbed their markets and replaced them in a matter of months. Where once there was a monolithic corporation there would have sprung up dozens of new, more flexible, better planned companies doing the same thing. The pain would have been quick and clean like ripping a bandage off. Then we'd be back up and running and the fools that took government protections as a license to be greedy would have been in jail or broke and starting over.
Wealthy people have for a long time been paying government to protect them from the consequences of their own actions. That's not capitalism. That's totalitarianism at its worst and we paid for it. The super-rich are gutting the businesses and fortunes of the working wealthy who make all the jobs and grow business in this country in order to protect the fortunes their fathers built and they have squandered; fortunes that are so huge they've become, in their own minds, kings of the world. Buffet gave lip service to the "rich should pay more taxes" meme and what did he get from it? Wild profits from hauling oil from Canada on his railroads after President O canceled the Keystone pipeline. Soros brought down the Bank of England in order to make a buck.
And who pays Warren Buffet for his kind words about President Obama's tax the rich rhetoric? You and me every time we go to the gas pump, because we're paying twice as much to have crude shipped in on Warren's choo choos as we would via the pipeline AND 26,000 people didn't get jobs building it. Wouldn't those jobs have been nice about now?
You CANNOT allow anyone, much less politicians, the kind of central planning and control required to implement socialism's one class society. It will inevitably wind up a two class society - basically the poor working for the elite rich central planners. The middle class becomes part of the lower class and that's all she wrote.
You're mad at the wrong people, Sophia. I'm mad too, but I'm mad at people who think they have a right to tell me what to do for "the greater good". Power inevitably corrupts anyone who decides to take upon him or herself or even upon his or her elite "class" the godlike power necessary to legislate all that peace and light they are promising you.
It won't be a classless society whatever you call it. The rich and powerful will still have their country homes and servants. The only ones who will be struck down are the would-be wealthy - the ones who actually create jobs and new wealth and who threaten the hold of the old rich upon power and prestige. As the working wealthy prosper, so do those who work for them and from whom they buy things like yachts and airplanes and vacation homes. The only ones the rise of the upper middle class threatens are the old money elites and the threat they represent is not on their money, but on the only coin that matters to them - POWER!
You see many rich people also buy the same "zero-sum" game logic you do. They really believe that their wealth comes from stealing from others because for many, that's exactly how they got what they got (or at least how they protect it).  Instead of participating in trade and creating jobs, they sit like fat dragons on their hereditary piles of money, protecting it with a steady stream of bribes, manipulations and outright swindles.
A smaller, more localized system of government terrifies them because as power gets distributed, it gets harder to bribe enough people to protect their butts. The "filthy" rich, the ones who gained their wealth by greed and exploitation are terrified that those they cheated will come after them and take their things from them. So they have to control the revolution. So how do they do that? They buy it off!
Your socialist revolution has already been bought and paid for by the very people you have been instructed to hate. When all of you angry volunteers get your lists of who to hate, people like me will be on it too. We will be considered traitors to our class. We will be called dupes. You will be told we are in the pay of the evil capitalists despite the fact that there is no evidence of that. I certainly don't get a paycheck from the Koch Brothers.

In the new one class/one party world, people like me will be struck down because we don't toe the party line, we won't live where we're told, work where we're told or applaud when the applause sign lights up.

They've lied to you and since it's an easy lie to believe, you guys will go along with it. This is how the world will end - greedy people protecting their wealth and status and exploiting those they believe lower and stupider than themselves. They will enlist foot soldiers with promises of bread and circuses and an illusory worker's paradise built upon the spoils they take off the rich.

Trust me, Sophia, you won't like the gray pajamas of the worker's paradise. I've seen it and it's not a nice place to live. You cannot improve the quality of a field of corn by lopping off the heads of all the stalks that dare to stick their heads up a little taller and grow larger ears of corn. All you'll get is uniformity at a level rather below the average of what it was before.

I didn't think I'd live to see so many people in America willing to give up freedom and opportunity for the illusion of security and a set of guaranteed minimum standards paid for with wealth stolen from others. I suppose our ancestors carried the genes for cowardice with us from the Old World and it's catching up with us. Like the Israelites of old we're setting up a golden calf for ourselves because we're afraid to follow a God we cannot see.

Capitalism is an act of faith. You trust your fellow man to deal fairly with you. If he doesn't, you don't do business with him anymore. In socialism, the government eventually owns all the business and you have to trust government bureaucrats to deal fairly with you.  Given their history, I know who I'd rather trust.

I am not going to do well in the classless society.  I'm not afraid to object.  How do you enforce a classless society?  You can kill me or jail those who disagree. Like Patrick Henry, I say,come on. Give me liberty or death - whichever.  You have nothing to fear from me. I'm not even armed. My hair is white. I've done the best in this world that I could to leave it better for my having passed through it. Do with me what you will. I defy you and your bogus classless society and your gilded smart people and your "heroic leaders'. When I am bidden to dance for the Dear Leaders that will surely arise and demand obeisance, you may shoot me where I stand. I will not dance.

A tad dramatic perhaps, but no more so than the anarchy of the Occupy movement and the Occupy movement, my dear Sophia, is exactly what the bad kind of revolution looks like. I just pray Americans are still made of sterner stuff than you seem to think they are and don't fall for the "poor little me" rhetoric of the socialists.

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