Socialism versus capitalism

By Nancy Churchill
Contributor

Wall Street is in a panic! No, I’m not talking about the recent trading slump, I’m referring to this election season, unlike any we’ve seen in several lifetimes. Six years after Citizens United, billionaires thought that they had brought democracy under control.

But this year Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist from outside the gate, is leading a revolution of people who will put the good life for all before profit for the few. Study his audacious platform here: berniesanders.com/issues/.

Capitalism operates under Milton Friedman’s specious “shareholder value theory,” which elevates profit above all else, including life itself. It “capitalizes” on – extracts wealth from – life’s every need – healthcare, nutritious food, clean air and water, technology, travel, education, and much more – to enrich a few shareholders. It isn’t so much about delivering those things as it is about using them as cover from which to extract profit, threatening life on the planet.

Our typical electoral system is not merely a result of this crony capitalism, it is the engine that drives it. Survival of the .01 percent depends upon being able to control our electoral system.

George Carlin put it so eloquently in 2005:

“The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice[*]. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the [short hairs]. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; … more for themselves and less for everybody else.

“But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people … who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting [screwed] by a system that threw them overboard 30 … years ago.

“You know what they want? Obedient workers ­ people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly [rotten] jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your … retirement money … so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? … They’ll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this … place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.”  (youtube.com/watch?v=P_Zqbg6QThg)

*Newsflash! Sanders gives you freedom of choice in 2016! His revolution terrifies Wall Street, as it does many politicians. If the stock market collapses, the wealthy can go short and make millions. But if their control of Congress collapses – if Bernie’s socialist ideas defeat crony capitalism – the wealthy become commoners, just like the rest of us. No wonder they’re feeling the Bern!

Only a peoples’ revolution has the potential of bringing this system to its knees and restoring democracy. And only if We the People demand it.

See what’s at stake on Bernie’s site, then get registered, and vote!

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One thought on “Socialism versus capitalism

  • March 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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    Nancy, you are right on target with this piece. America needs to wake up and recognize that the whole system is rigged in favor of the wealthy few. Bernie is sounding a clarion call for all of us to follow his lead and stop Wall Street from business as usual. Clinton won’t do it and wants slow incremental change. Translation: more of the same jobless recovery. Trump is just scary. I hope that everyone reading this takes the time to get to know what Bernie stands for. He has been and continues to be a consistent voice for economic justice and equality. If they do they might feel the Bern and this country will be well on its way to a real political revolution.

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