Is Capitalism the New Communism?

More deep thoughts. Have to think on this for a while.

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Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 13.46.19The Ljubljana-born philosopher Slavoj Žižek – a commentator who is nothing if not inventive and prolific – recently caught the attention of our CSO with a Guardian piece entitled Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever (17th February 2013). One of the many points raised in this near-freestyle article is that free-market capitalists are utilising similar logic to that traditionally used by communists to explain away the inefficacious nature of a ‘collapsing’ system: capitalism is malfunctioning because its principles are being respected only in the breach. Ipso facto, if the ‘laws’ of capitalism were actually applied, then we would have no need to concern ourselves with an ultimately ‘impossible’ financial crisis.

Žižek is correct to point to the sometimes ludicrous measures that defenders of political or economic ideologies will employ when faced with the stark reality that their quasi-religious beliefs have been proven…

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The End of Capitalism, But Not As We Know It: A Response to ‘The End of Capitalism Has Begun’

Boggles the mind! But truth prevails, for or against!

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It is by now a truism that we live in an era of flux, with the number and frequency of pivotal years for global society (think 1989, 2007, 2011, 2015) increasing beyond our collective ability to make sense of them. It was therefore with great pleasure that we read an essay forwarded to us by a key associate that at least struggles to do exactly that: the former BBC economics correspondent Paul Mason’s The end of capitalism has begun (The Guardian, 17th July 2015).

Mason – who is regarded by some as the most iconic chronicler of the world’s continuing fiscal stupor – posits that capitalism is unravelling because of three interlinked factors: (i) the rise of information technology, which he claims is lessening the need for ‘work’ as conventionally understood; (ii) the subversion of scarce markets by abundant information; and (iii) the rise of collaborative production, a phenomenon which…

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It Sounds Like Heaven

Strike a life down,

You will earn a frown

From every soul

That cares for his own.

Laugh off a bet

That you blew,

And it wrecked,

All the lives

Of those who confide

In you with their best.

Make a new start,

Give away to those

In need of a heart

To help them a bit.

It’s all worth it.

Follow the lead

Of those who will free

Prisoners and thieves,

Druggies and miscreants,

And you will see

Freedom in ecstasy.

We all belong

To be together,

Living as one,

Living in love,

Sharing all wealth

To those in need,

Not clawing and scratching

Their way to the top.

You must give of yourself,

Give to others

What has been given to you.

You are privileged

With what you have,

So share those things,

Which are only

Temporarily yours.

Things are not meant to just stop,

But they should constantly flow

From one to the other,

Back and forth,

Building a beautiful web

Of generosity.

Doesn’t that sound

Like heaven?

Poetry challenges

These are ideas for monthly poetry challenges. Matthew Heiman came up with most of them and then I edited them a little, adding and subtracting a few words, here and there. They are for our Big Bend Poets group.

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2. Alcohol, prescription and street drugs: good and bad effects

3. Comical stories of a friend, a pet, or a friend’s pet

4. The social divide in our country and/or around the world

5. Gravity’s effects on your day to day life

6. Religion’s effects on you and whether or not you understand it

7. Music’s ability to make all aspects of your life feel different

8. The organization of your mind and how it works

9. A battle worth fighting

10. The rainbows of life

11. What makes you, you

12. Will we see light of the new day?

13. What is class warfare and how does it affect us?

14. Privacy

15. Marriage, married life, divorce, or living single

16. Is there more to life than what we can experience, perceive or understand?

17. Health and well-being (physical, mental and emotional)

18. Is America the best country?

19. Can we ever see the mind of the creator?

20. Desire

21. Mother Nature

22. Will love find us?

23. Emotions

24. The natural beauty of things

25. Will they end free speech in America?

26. Will life end when you die?

27. Can we change the world with our writings?

28. Power: the different types and how they affect us in daily life as well as the long run

29. Is there more to life than just existence?

30. Will freedom come to an end in our country?

31. Can poetry keep the world free?

32. Is the violence of the world coming to America?

33. Where did the spark of Creation come from?

34. If we are alone, can we find true peace?