The Problem Comparing Capitalism And Socialism
There is an unequal effect when comparing capitalism (market economy) and socialism (planned economy), because both are based on different foundational principles.
Socialism, as a thought, comes less from an economic background and more from a moral one. The leading arguments in favor of socialism are moral ones instead of economic ones. The inverse is true for capitalism: The arguments are mostly economic ones instead of moral ones.
In modern times (likely due to national degeneration), these arguments are taken to their absolute extremes. What I mean by this is that it seems for the most ardent socialist nothing regarding economic or factual accuracy matters. No amount of historical study or insight matters to them. The only thing they find importance in, is the morality of who should receive what and why.
The inverse is also true for capitalism. It has stripped any morality, ethics, or national preference out of the equation, focusing solely on economic measures. The most ardent capitalist cares more about market efficiency than his own nation.
In a way, socialism stripped factual reality out of the economy while capitalism stripped its humanity from it. For socialism, the supposed moral means justify the immoral ends. For capitalism, the immoral means justify the supposed moral ends.
Both economic systems get stressed to these inevitable conclusions in degenerating societies.
The results of socialism are obvious: poor market structures resulting in poor living standards, massive state (politburo) centralization, and an unsustainable economy. The immoral means of capitalism result in a massive proliferation of degeneracy, consumerism, greed, individualism, the isolated class, and related negative attributes that cannot be resisted because they are an innate function of the market.
Both economic systems, when placed within a rule by many, will degenerate to their extreme conclusions.
The modern socialists use moral claims that are absolutely asinine; ones that are typically built from a subjective moral framework. Whereas the modern capitalists use economic claims that are equally asinine, such as allowing the “free market” (centralizer-owned) to degrade the entire nation surrounding said market in the interest of marginal-gain economic growth. If we don’t restrict the centralizers, they will eventually consolidate their power to an extreme. This is especially true in the realm of financial centralization, which is why we are now fighting against billionaire oligarchs who own every essential institution. It’s not necessarily a fight against the government, but the isolated class that now owns that government through financial, institutional, cultural, and intellectual arena centralization.
We fight the government in socialism or the isolated class in capitalism. Both are just as harmful.
When the capitalists say that the isolated class should remain free to centralize all power away from the many through wealth consolidation and buy off every single politician because the market will “even it out”, to me they sound just as insane as the socialist who pushes for a centralized government entity to “direct” the market to achieve an optimal moral outcome. Both end in power consolidation by a few.
One outright ignores the necessity of a strong market while the other worships the market as a type of all-knowing, all-perfecting deity. One argues in favor of moral approaches that are unsustainable while the other argues in favor of economic approaches that are unsustainable.
Both, when placed within a rule by many framework, will contribute to its degeneration. Both are also to the massive benefit of centralizers, just at different periods and to the marginal higher benefit of different centralizer groups depending on the economic system (capitalism shares a higher benefit to the isolated class while socialism grants higher benefits to the politburo and SCMs—see here for more info).
Neither system is one we could use when trying to formulate a long-term sustainable economic system because of the natural inclinations of both toward centralization within a rule by many framework. We have to devise an alternative.
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