Having just read the "Jobs for All [...]" piece, I realize that it does
make sense in a way. I believe, though, that there are issues which are
not entirely addressed. In scaling back military endeavors such as
perpetual armament and rearmament, would we not have a larger sector of
people without work? I am not pro-war, but defense is a necessity; and,
moves have been made for some time now to make private contractors like the
formerly titled Blackwater and others to replace our direct government-run
military. Blackwater is attractive to soldiers in many cases, because it
pays better and provides better benefits. I guess what I'm saying is:
we've got private, standing militaries on our soil who would benefit from a
reallocation of resources and manpower from the government-run military.
These private armies would also be in a strong position both in their
religious zealotry and their ability to take what they want, having the
firepower to do so. And, myself being in Texas and never 30 minutes away
from a gun show, there already exists a degree of armed fanaticism that is
proven to be easily swayed by propaganda, with underlying racist,
anti-immigrant and anti-Socialist (you must remember that the terms,
Socialist/Socialism/socialized, still cannot be used due to our ingrained
fears of Stalinism, Maoism, and ideas of totalitarianism which have been
taught to us as being synonymous to them) sentiment. These individuals and
small groups still believe themselves to be empowered through firearms,
whether against the 'corrupt government' or even 'illegal aliens' and
terrorists. They would not listen to reason and would rise up against the
measures outlined in your piece.
Also, this does not take into account the role of religion in this
country. We are an overwhelmingly religious country, and with religion
comes the willingness of masses to be governed into frenzy and
subservience, and the conflicting beliefs that the wealthy got to their
positions through hard-work/self-sacrifice and that the poor needn't worry
as their reward is in 'heaven'. This fits nicely within the Capitalist
motivation and has done for a very long time. It is often the approach to
apply to reason in matters of economy and solutions to the inherent and
blatant faults of Capitalism, but emotion is the true driving force in this
How does an alternative to Capitalism come to the table, into the light,
when we have become a fear-controlled and anti-Socialist people?
I think within our system--and I am very interested in environmental
issues--that we could raise the standards of pollution control, and both
lower the taxes on medium to large industrial bodies who make tangible
efforts toward green operations and raise the taxes on those who do not.
There would be much gained in subsidizing the ridiculous amount of corn
farmers, for instance, to reallocate their farmland into green energy
sites, which in addition to permanent employment would increase contract
construction work. Military R&D resources (engineering, laborers, money,
facilities...) could be reallocated to new energy research. Health care is
an issue. The main problem is that it should not be, in itself, an
industry. We should not need insurance, nor should the government require
that we need insurance to receive health care, because health insurance
companies really should not exist. But, like the banks, they are massive.
And, as evidenced during the bank bailouts, even when financially strapped,
those at the top got their bonuses while departments were cut far below.
What do we do with the health insurance industry? It employs so many
people (my father included). Could our government absorb the majority of
these companies? We would also need to absorb the private hospitals as
well if we did that. I've lived in England, and I see the positives and
negatives to private and social healthcare each. The medicine that cost me
$400 here (equal to my rent at the time), was $12 there ($2 to a Pound in
2008), along with every other prescription.
I'm rambling. I suppose my question is: how do we move forward with
social goals without saying Socialism, without being shot at, and without
shooting, and how would we compensate for industries made redundant under
socialized structures? How do we appeal to hearts and minds at once? How
can we touch upon so many industries which are built around the Capitalist
model, without eliminating jobs? How do we get people to stop blaming
politicians or the government (in an abstract sense) or 'the man', and
consider new structures and economic models outside of unbridled
free-market Capitalism? And how does the message under our strict,
capital-driven media get to people in an effective way (i.e. if I didn't
know the term "Luxemburgism," I would not have found this site)?
Sorry about the length of this, but I really want this to work somehow.