Et Vox Dei… (Part 2)

In the previous post, I described human nature and the supply-and-demand system- specifically how the supply-and-demand system is flawed since many of the demands that humans make should never, never be supplied. This of course goes against the fundamental principles of Capitalism, bringing up yet again the question of whether or not Capitalism and morality are compatible. Now there are two solutions to this issue (1) do as some (such as Ayn Rand) have done and redefine morality or (2) attempt to replace Capitalism with a system that can co-exist with ethics.

It is frequently said of Communism that the theory was based on the idea that humans are perfect- that Communism expects people to put away sin and selfishness and work solely towards the benefit of the whole. On the contrary, Communism was created because of human envy, murderousness, and depravity. It is because humans have a natural tendency to demand genocide, gluttony, and greed that Communism was created as a way of combating injustice, racism, exploitation, and imperialism.

For you see, therein lies the greatest difference between the Capitalist and Communist code of ethics. Capitalism fully acknowledges humanity’s issues- the greed, the  hate, the fear. Capitalism takes an almost-casual “come-as-you-are” attitude. Greed? Greed is a natural human feeling, don’t fight it, use it. Deception? Deception can be used against your fellow competitors to get them to slip up- deceive away. In short, selfishness, self-interest, and egoism aren’t treated as vices but rather as assets.

Communism, on the other hand, demands more of humanity than to act according to our base appetites. Just because Marxism accepts humanity’s inherent evil as natural doesn’t mean it considers it to be acceptable. Not remotely. Communism has no easy way out- there’s no cheating or deception and greed is never rewarded. If we take away greed then how do we motivate humanity to better itself, to be more than just animals in the jungle? A love of doing things for their own sake, a love of justice, a love of truth. Freedom from greed, is what is truly needed, not slavery to our weaknesses. And to those who would state that attempting to advance humanity beyond what we have now is a blasphemous attempt to become gods, I simply respond “I’m not a theologian but isn’t that what God would want? I doubt- as Galileo did- that the same God who has endowed us with sense, intellect, and reason would have us forgo their use!”. All in all, Capitalism states that humans ought to be greedy while Communism states that humans should be more- the voice of the people is not the voice of god. I for one would rather have a system that matches morality, than have to shred morality to make room the system.

4 Responses to “Et Vox Dei… (Part 2)”

  1. August 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Marxism doesn’t “accept humanity’s inherent evil as natural.” In fact the dialectical approach to morality would probably lead you to believe that morality is in fact a construct of class antagonisms. The world is gradually becoming more aware that capitalism doesn’t work as well as they would like it to. How do we make the jump to true communism though if not with a political force to lead the way? It feels like it’s time for a change. The trouble is that most people see a choice between free-market capitalism and socialist dictatorship. Maybe it’s time that we abandoned words like communism, socialism, capitalism and democracy to their adoptive definitions.
    How many times have you heard someone leap to defend their chosen ideology with “that’s not really capitalism”, or “that’s not what we mean by socialism?”
    shortly before he died in 1883, Marx wrote a letter to the French workers’ leader Jules Guesde and to his own son-in-law Paul Lafargue, both of whom claimed to represent Marxist principles, in which he accused them of “revolutionary phrase-mongering” and of denying the value of reformist struggles. Paraphrasing Marx: “If that is Marxism, then I am not a Marxist.”
    If new ideas are to be transformed into real change then the language itself must change.
    We can’t say that the historical world leaders or movements were wrong. To hold onto power and resist change is natural for some. The only real sin is theft. The ultimate theft is the theft of freedom. Freedom to live. Freedom to choose. That’s what I mean by socialism 😉

    • August 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

      The specific circumstances, situation and conditions that happen to prevail at a particular point in time will dictate what is the expedient or necessary thing to do.
      To be premature in your actions will result in not enough life support to allow your premature actions to succeed and what you wished to come into being will be stillborn.
      Marx said, “I am not a Marxist! I am a STUDENT OF MARXISM!” It should be viewed not as a dogma but as a work in progress!
      Those that state that struggle should never take on the character of a dictatorship and should always be seen as democratic and not abusive toward those that are not convinced of the correctness of a particular position. This type of belief is not Marxist because it is a dogmatic approach to class struggle and does not allow the specific objective conditions determine the nature and character of the struggle.
      To be objective is to not be subjective.

  2. August 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    What happens will happen because it is the only alternative that is left and compromising that what is about to happen becomes no longer possible. If that is the reality that is being confronted and their is nothing that can be done about it then objectively it can be predicted with 100% accuracy that what happens will be the diametrically opposite of what happened!

  3. 4 trotskyite
    August 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    In response to Comrade Ballard, what I mean is that Communism- contrary to the opinions of many non-Marxists- does not hold false illusions about human nature. Everything Machievelli said about humanity still applies today- we are (naturally and inherently) cowardly, greedy, lazy, and self-centered. Granted, certain ideas of morality have been constructed by humans for different purposes across the span of history, but I’m trying to address the issues of true justice, true liberty, and true truth (which arguably should only be called “truth”). I’m attempting to demonstrate that Capitalism, and indeed, all systems tailored to human nature are going to substantially lack liberty, justice, and so forth.

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