You may not have noticed, but in all wealthy countries today people are basically walking, talking, advertisements. If you pay attention, you’ll see publicity everywhere, especially on people, whether it’s on their cars, on their shirts, or on their tattoo, advertisements are everywhere. At this point in capitalism, even people have been turned into ways to sell, or things to sell. Recently, there was a something on the news here in the U.S.A. of companies that are making homeless people free, wireless hotspots, and they “recommend” you give them $10 as a donation. This is embarrassing and inhumane, and to make things worse, they have a special t-shirt that states “My name is <name>, and I’m a wireless hotspot”, it doesn’t say that they have a wireless hotspot, it says they are one, basically proving the fact that we view them as inferior.
Ask yourself this question, why do we have the losers of society? but most of all, after this question has been posed thousands of times, why do we still allow this to continue? The answer to this is simple, humans are, for the most part, selfish. All capitalist countries today have large gaps between social classes, this is due to the fact that capitalism works that way. Capitalism works when there is continuous economic growth, but not linear growth, it needs exponential growth, it needs to make more wealth than it made the year before, leading to a need for people to spend more and more. Due to that, there comes a time when people can’t spend any more, and that was when dept began, but even dept has a limit. The limit is the deadline for returning the dept, which is what many people are encountering now. How does this lead to poverty? well now, people can’t afford to buy so many things and people begin to get laid off. In capitalism, this end is inevitable.
Now, back to the previous topic, human advertisements. Because there are all these poor people without a job, it gets easier for capitalists to do things (like the wireless hotspot homeless people), by giving jobs, with low salaries, to people who are desperate for some money to sustain themselves and their families. Now ask yourself, is this fair? is this right? The best examples of a modern countries that do not have such difference in social class, are Scandinavian countries, and Cuba. This is because these countries are built upon socialist and communist ideas of equality, which limits the difference between social classes.If you go to Finland, the difference between the poorest person and the richest person is very small, and this is because they pay you on how hard you work, and obviously, you can’t work a million times better than someone else. Cuba, on the other hand, has poor because it is a poor country, but you’ll notice that there aren’t any rich people either. This is because, in communism all are payed the same salary, which means that everyone will be in about the same economic situation. Although, even though Cuba is poor, it’s not because of communism, if you look, it’s one of the richest countries in the Caribbean, and it has an illiterate rate of 0%, better than any other country in the Caribbean. Obviously, compared to the U.S.A. Cuba is really poor, but then you’re not comparing apples to apples, you should compare Cuba to the rest of the Caribbean, and in that sense, it’s quite wealthy.
So, why do people think socialism is so bad? The answer is simple, the red scare. In the mid 1900s, after World War II, the Cold War had begun, and communism was a large threat to all capitalist countries. So what capitalist countries did is to point out all the bad aspects of communism and hide all the benefits of communism and censor it from the media. This lead to the utter hatred of communism and socialism in the U.S.A., but the hatred is unjustified, like an ancient grudge that was prompted by a third party for their own benefit. This is the reason why, if you ask an American what communism or socialism is, all they can say is “big government” and “dictatorship”, when socialism is actually democratic.
This is all I have to say for now, until my next post. Thanks for reading!