incomplete definitions

superb documentary “System Error – How will capitalism end?” (Optiz, 2018)#

PS: faster machines are nice – but sufficient fast machines are sufficient/enough – going faster and faster will not rescue the planet – a holistic concept for sustainable survival of life on this planet could.

Links:

https://medium.com/@Swartzchild/the-cancer-of-capitalism-92d82bd01089

Historian Bregman: “the Rich are not paying their fair share”

“how to prevent a broad social backlash – the answer is simple – stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes avoidance – taxes – taxes – all the rest is bullshit” (for the top 10%)

“The main reason for the particularly high Irish GDP growth rates lies in the fact that in recent years,

attracted in large part by low corporation tax rates,

a number of large multinational corporations have relocated their economic activities,

and more specifically their underlying intellectual property, to Ireland.”

https://www.oecd.org/sdd/na/Irish-GDP-up-in-2015-OECD.pdf

two possibilities: a race to the tax-bottom (in Germany companies pay 40% income tax consumers pay 19% tax on almost all products… where does it end?)

or

social unrest – we all shall become “criminals” claim land and pay no taxes with reference to Ireland and especially Luxembourg – how well this works for them.

Sorry – this is the EU and if this is happening inside the EU and the EU is not doing anything about it – it is corruption – cancer to democracy – people need to build a wall (or block all streets) to/from Brussels and Berlin and Dublin in order to contain the corruption. (anyone inside may chose to leave or starve)

Historian Mr Bregman: “the rich are not paying their fair share”

  • “find it quiet a bewildering experience – 1500 private jets flown in here (to Davos) to speak about how we are wrecking the planet”
  • “i hear people talking the language of participation – justice – equality – transparency – almost no one raises the real issue – tax avoidance and of the rich just not paying their fair share”
  • “i feel like a fire fighter conference and no one is allowed to speak about water
  • “something needs to change here”
  • “10 years ago the World Economic Forum asked the question ‘what must industry do to prevent a broad social backlash‘ – the answer is very simple – stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes – taxes – taxes”
  • billionaire Michael Dell: “name me one country where a top marginal tax rate of 70% has actually worked?”
    • “i am an historian – the answer is: The USA in the 1950s – during Republican President Eisenhower the the top marginal tax rate was 91% for people like Michael Dell – the top estate tax was more than 70% for people like Michael Dell”
    • this is not rocket science – we can talk a long time about all this stupid philanthropy themes – we can invite Bono once more – we got to be talking about taxes – taxes – taxes – all the rest is bullshit

Was Brexit about Tax Avoidance?

(City of London wants to avoid taxes like hell) “the Conservatives (Theresa May Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019) were vehemently opposed to Tax Evasion regulations that were being proposed by the EU.

Back in 2015, Britain rejected plans announced by Brussels to combat “industrial-scale tax avoidance by the world’s biggest multinationals”. Britain had built a corporate tax haven for multinationals that included slashing corporation tax from 28% to 20%, new favorable tax regimes for multinationals with offshore financing subsidiaries, and tax breaks for patent-owning companies. As a result, Britain saw a number of large corporations like Aon, Fiat Industrial, and Starbucks’s European operations, set up headquarters in the UK with a small number of staff in order to take advantage of these tax laws.”

https://medium.com/the-jist/was-eu-tax-evasion-regulation-the-reason-for-the-brexit-referendum-980ba88a8077

first of all there is not one form of capitalism and not one form of communism there different “flavors” of the both, where capitalism and communism is the same is marked in orange. (warning, list is by no means complete, feel free to comment)

pros:

  • big individual freedoms (but the NSA is watching you and already calculating your “score”, the Chinese do it in public, the NSA in secret… and if they don’t like you, they might just send you a drone)
  • high innovation (but as companies get bigger and bigger, corruption goes up, innovation and even quality goes down (Microsoft, Apple, BWM are following the path of Nokia and Kodak) often resulting products are useless garbage or even worse: faulty per factory products (they want you to buy more and more instead of less and less, planned obsolescence) whatever sells and people “believe” need to be “cool”)
    • (nobody sleeps in front of Apple-Stores anymore to spend all their money on the latest iPhone XXXXX)
  • in theory – shared responsibility – everyone should take responsibility for his/her own fate/lifes, but in the end everybody only cares about themselves / their wealth / their houses (breeding systematic pathological egoism)
    • a lot of CEOs escape responsibility and thus act irresponsible (they want their 100 Million, no matter how the company is doing or if it will still exist in 3-10 years)
    • most people do know how and why to take responsibility in their own hands
      • responsibility would mean, give them a piece of land and teach them why it is important to take care of it and grow healthy vegetables in for themselves, instead of depending on a monetary system that is monolithic, highly instable/fragile and to buy from food-monopoly of companies, instead of producing your own.
    • most people will not take more responsibility than for themselves (often do not feel responsible even for their own children)

cons:

  • fake elections: you can vote but it does not make any big difference in policy making
    • money influences lawmaking too much
  • concentration of wealth leads to fascism (concentration of undemocratic power) riots and uprisings between “the lazy filthy rich” vs “the lazy super poor without any perspective” (without hope to improvement)
  • privatization and exploitation: the term “privare” is latin and means “to deprive, take, rob” – people that “own too much” land – will be filthy rich even when working nothing – because they tax the not-owners more and more (greed) to the point of collapse (all restaurants close down and move out of town, no restaurant can afford the rent)
    • definition of filthy rich: if you can not remember the last time you cleaned your own bathroom yourself. (because employees will do it for you)
  • treats nature very recklessly
  • unstable (unpredictable bubbles and crashes)
  • insecure (the free market feels not responsible for society, it is up to the individual)
  • unsustainable (in the current form at least)
  • too much competition that starts in childhood
  • mass surveillance of the public (thanks Snowden! no one ever thought this would be possible)
  • corruption
  • science and universities are very much “market driven” means dependent on external money from sponsors (big pharma, big industry) thus studies and research results might be “blatant lies” to sell a product, studies are conducted in a truth-manipulating way – this will and can even stall scientific progress because what “does not pay off” will not be studied
  • healthcare is very expensive – half of the population can not afford it.
  • public school might be free but of bad quality (massively underfunded, budget got destroyed)
  • private school very expensive, 90% can not afford it
  • university very expensive
  • freedom of speech:
    • you can say what you think – but expect every word you say – every word you typed on a phone or in a computer to be recorded by the NSA (your government) and stored forever, analyzed forever and in the worst case – used in a manipulative way against you in court – forever. (Julian Assange, 1984)
    • comedians are allowed to speak truth to power, if it is funny and not insulting their boss (whoever that is, nobody knows)

pros:

  • everyone has a job (even if the way of conducting that job was with outdated technology, low innovation, inefficient, low safety standards)
  • healthcare is free
  • school and education is free
  • money was not the problem
  • no competition
  • science and universities do not need to “earn private money” – do not need to fake studies (except if the result does not please the boss, e.g. boss decision was wrong needs to be reversed): research is actually independent and studies and results should be “more true” (conducted in a non-manipulative way) unless someone tries to please politics and thus fakes progress (well this will not work for long)

cons:

  • fake elections: you can vote – but there are only two parties – if you vote the non-governmental party – that’s it – off to slave labor camp with you
  • not so much individual freedom – the state commands you to study this and that – work at this or that (state owned) company
  • low innovation, because people were not encouraged to think for themselves, innovation was stagnant
  • low variety of buy-able products
  • treats nature pretty much as recklessly as capitalism
  • exploitation: some people that were not fond of the regime were used as slave labor in Gulags (working camps)
  • mass surveillance of the public
  • corruption
  • all responsibility is with the government
    • if the government makes bad decisions the consequences might be very devastating for all society
    • this can be seen as an advantage for people that are good employees but bad CEOs
  • freedom of speech is very limited
    • people have gone to slave labor camps for making a joke about the government
    • while this might be – of course – insulting – it also deprives the system of learning about it’s mistakes early

How society should be:

Dalai-lama: “The meaning of life is to be happy” (in Buddhist terms this means deep inner satisfaction, this can not be bought)

A happy, safe, sustainable society that keeps on learning and developing itself.

  1. allow people to learn:
    • it shall be allowed to think and speak about how society works in order to improve it for everybody.
  2. gap between rich and poor shall be non existing or slim
    • the gap between rich and poor is not so big
    • where the poor get the feeling, if they work hard, they can improve their living standards
  3. sustainability:
    • the way of survival/conducting business shall be in a way that can be passed on to children and grand children
    • respect for the balances of nature, balance in everything is very important a human body that is not in balance will die.
  4. purpose in life:
    • everyone should actually contribute to society as much as he/she can
    • do truly important work that actually matters
    • no bullshit jobs
    • no lazy “stupid” super rich
    • no lazy “paralyzed” depressed super poor
    • no exploitation
  5. sharing and recycling of resources
    • it is outright wrong, that people born in a country can not afford their own land (not a single hectare) how are they supposed to survive?
    • yes resources are finite – but not a single human being “invented” and created the finite resources of this planet (oil, gold, silver) so actually it belongs to everybody
    • it is very important to produce products that last long and the resources consumed can easily be recovered
  6. never consider your concept of society complete
    • if mankind stops learning it will stop existing
    • when it comes to self reflection and learning capitalism and communism have both been pretty stubborn – the first does not want to hear what threatens profits – the second does not want to hear what criticizes governmental decisions (right or wrong).
    • both systems need to think about a constructive freedom of speech way that helps both systems learn and develop further – towards a hopefully better society.