Fighting Socialist Revolution: The real solution is resolution, not war

Fighting Socialist Revolution: The real solution is resolution, not war by David Haggith for The Great Recession

In my last article, I argued that Socialism is “The Price Capitalism Pays When Greed Goes Unrestrained.” Unrestrained and highly rewarded greed in the US is fueling a revolution by conservatives and liberals with liberals stampeding toward Socialism as their answer under the auspices of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

That fire will burn across the United States from sea to shining sea because of all the dead wood and detritus that has been allowed to build up within the US Capitalist economy. I pointed out in that article that Socialism is just as prone to such rot, so no system brings safety without vigilant people doing something about it.

A large part of this corruption is aimed at feeding the war machine this nation has become which General Eisenhower had intimate knowledge of and warned us about when he became President Eisenhower — the military-industrial complex (MIC). Our worldwide wars and widespread corruption are consuming all of our nation’s energy, so I’m going to confront both in this article.

The reason I’ve broadened my objectives from just talking about economics to “beating the establishment,” which certainly includes the MIC, is that it’s time to put these economic lessons to work. I don’t flatter myself to think I am up to leading a movement against war machinery or against bankers gone bonkers, but I want to do all I can from my own tiny platform to encourage a movement because, if porcine corruption of the establishment isn’t intensely confronted, then our nation will go both Socialist and Anarchist, and that is now happening rapidly because people are seeking a way out.

Some readers argued in the comments section that US society is inevitably going toward corruption anyway because that inevitability is, in their opinions, built into Capitalism; and, therefore, it is inevitably going to swing to Socialism. I, on the other hand, believe it is probable that our society will continue to go down the path of corruption (based on the trends we can see have been prevailing for decades), but I don’t believe we should acquiesce to the idea that it is inevitable, and I certainly don’t think either corruption or greed is an end that is anymore baked into Capitalism than it is into Socialism. Socialist societies have not been any less prone to greed and other forms of corruption that I have seen. I think it is utopian nonsense to think that, if we change the system, we’ll be freed of the problems that come from our own human nature in all of our enterprises under any system.

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Knave Dave — vigilante against the false profits of The Great Recession Too many criminal CEOs still fill their porky bellies with the biggest taxpayer bailouts in the history of the world. These bailouts protect their reputations, saving them from the fall they should have taken. They continue to receive bonuses for having done an unparalleled job of destroying their companies! Many of their companies wouldn’t be making any profit at all if not for the interest they’re making off of nearly free government bailouts. Just this week Hewlett-Packard fired its CEO, but is still paying him a bonus of millions of dollars in exchange for a year of corporate wandering in the wilderness. Netflix’s CEO cost his company hundreds of thousands of subscribers and had to reverse his decision. Bank of America’s CEO launched a debit-card fee plan that was immediately stupid in the eyes of many, but greed an arrogance led him to think he could pass it by his customers, and he lost customers in droves and had to reverse his decision, as did the many major banks that followed him. Since these corporate leaders do things most of us can immediately see as being dumb, why are they rewarded with salaries a thousand times greater than many of us make?