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By Pablo Heraklio & cols. Tarcoteca @

lunes, 27 de junio de 2011

Is capitalism in crisis? Long life to Capitalism!!!

Is capitalism in crisis? People believes it becouse of the current situation: global economic crisis, rupture of euro zone, Greece or the United States in menacing bankruptcy, rising prices, Arab nations rebellions, natural resource depletion, overproduction and expansion of china, japan disaster, war and drug traffic in South America, global warming, disasters ... This shows his doubts about the ability to resolve the current problems and the possibility of studying alternatives. But we must not be blinded by these situations. We must look at the root, which could cause real change.

According to the definition <<The capitalism is the social order resulting from economic freedom in the arrangement and enjoyment of private ownership of capital as a tool producción.>>

Broadly speaking, this is so. Social order is defined by its politics, democracy, and economy, free market, which has a right as fundamental to its functioning, private property.

It would be in crisis if any of these fundamental pillars tend to change when the company was determined to switch to other political or economic system.

Democracy is a political-decision-making and regulation of interpersonal relationships system where each person has a share of power, decision-making, sovereignty, like the rest. The decision-making can be total or partial. If it is null no democracy exists there is monarchy or dictatorship instead.

But there is a difference between the total or partial democracy. Democracy is total if all individuals have sovereignty and are able to decide. As each one exercise sovereignty is an Autocracy. To live in society, group living, among all the possibilities you can only take a decision to reach one deal that everyone decides, accepting the decision of the group or split. So it is a Direct Democracy, without intermediaries. The decision-making body is called the assembly, Assembleary Democracy.

It is partial when the individual delegates part of its sovereignty. In institutional or REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY , which is the existing, theorycally individuals choose their representatives to govern, make decisions, and this is the only way in which individuals can make an impact, the electiosn. This implies that they are managers of the institutions, politicians are those who hold sovereignty. It is the political parties who elect candidates, but not chosen democratically. Representative democracy does not exist, if not a dictatorship, as in many countries, an OLIGARCHY. The oligarchies may change, have more or less power, but if the system remains there. Any system that attack the oligarchs may be a seed of change.

According to the INE Spanis Estadistic National Institute, in 2011 there are 8112 mayors, 65896 councilors, 1206 autonomies parliament, 1031 provincial deputies, 650 national deputies and senators, 139 responsible for Councils and Island Councils and 13 directors of the Aran Valley. TOTAL = 77,047. According to raw data, only 1.7 people in 1000 take decisions. Go Go democracy!!

Freedom economy, as it is said, is based on private property, which allows the accumulation of goods and free trade. The free market. Private Property as long as there will not matter how the exchange of goods and services, barter, market, money, loans... the result will inevitably be the accumulation and abuse. Producers, consumers, buyers and sellers can change their status and move from one group to another, but there remains the current system. Any system that does not use this right can produce theoretically the change. And there is even less systems.

The current situation raises questions about changes in the validity and viability of the system wondering if there are alternatives.
Not all social orders can change the system, because if you have the same characteristics and nuances the result is a similar system that will not bring any substantial change.

Deleting indirect democracy and remains free markets and private property the accomulation continuous. The person who else has will be able to dominate others with less. If he can make them work, even the return of goods and services, they must cede some sovereignty and decision making, so the system will revert gradually to the oligarchic state.

If the free market and private property are remove  and remains the oligarchies tend to get benefits and privileges over the rest of citizens, so they can have all the goods and services that enable its position above the rest. We would have a dictatorship, like in sovietic rusia.

Just replacing both oligarchies and private property by other menagement systems, such as direct democracy and individual and communal property, will change the social order and therefore capitalism.

The first step of change is recognizing the problem is given. Recognize a problem, it includes studies causes and effects, evaluate alternatives, choose solutions and we set off.

People see the way but know that, because of vested interests, the oligarchs and supporters of the current system will not yield power without exercising acumulated violence, which is what ultimately the system is based on.

The current trend is the accumulation of goods, the polarization of society, so that the oligarchs are getting stronger, keeping private property.In europe political oligarchies are growing. That is showen becouse public money moves 40% of national economies, 30% more tham at the beginnig of 20th centrury. And is increasing every year, like in north contries.

We conclude that capitalism is not in crisis, it works as it does, and its getting even more force. It was developed over more time than we think and will stay longer than desired. It enjoys very good health.

In the next installment will discuss deeply the solutions to the problem of capitalism.

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