There are alternatives to capitalist socioeconomics but these tend to require degrees of centralized control and, leaving aside any abstract ideological arguments, organizing to empower a better (stronger) response may be more effective than small scale improvisation but the organization inevitably becomes a power nexus sought after by ambitious (often sociopath) forces who's quest for control over the lives of the individual is made easier by creating these ready-made institutions: to invade, command and wield as a tool of tyranny.
Any argument that's trying to portray the world in terms of capitalist versus socialist, as if they're synonymous with personal freedom versus state power, is dishonest. There's no such black and white distinction and both systems have been subverted in their contemporary forms, no matter which country is cited.
The reality of an individual's lived freedom is defined by opportunity.
Opportunity is delimited by:
- social network
- peer groups
- proximate institutions
- equity in law
- stable secure future
- fair monetization
- free or fettered market?
- lineage wealth and power dynamics
The "Second Bill of Rights" championed by Roosevelt in the final years of the Second World War understood and aimed to address the key question of America's future as a mature nation, enshrining the best of its founding ideals in the real-lives of Americans and - as the only prosperous country in the aftermath of half a century's global mania for self-destruction - as the paradigm for the rest of the world to follow; for the sake of the species. What Roosevelt and supporters realized was that economic rights defined the reality of political rights, however fine-sounding the promise of a Constitution as a blueprint for the 13 Colonies uniting as states in a free nation, it had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness" and that America (and the world) needed an "economic bill of rights" to create a fair, free society for all citizens, not simply the typical plutocracy of lineage land rights.
The "Second Bill of Rights" was formalized in 1944. It didn't aim to attack the wealth of oligarchs or corporations or break-up the institutions of the country. It wasn't revolutionary. It respected the American 'experiment' while appreciating the role of fair monetization (and its benefits) as an engine for driving America forward as a free-market competitive meritocracy. No equality of outcome. No affirmative action. No politicization of demographics. Its terms were simply a guarantee these fundamental rights, for every American:
- Employment (right to work - income must support enough food, clothing, and leisure)
- Freedom from Monopolies (i.e. unfair competition, predatory hording, etc)
- Housing (i.e. the right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right, inherent to the dignity and well-being of the citizen and the family)
- Medical Care (universal provision "to each according to his need", no restriction on private or premium healthcare)
- Social Security (basic support if unemployed, pension to maintain dignity and quality of life for old age)
- Education (public schooling from nursery, kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior high, high school and college)
- Farmers' right to a fair income (to underwrite provision of food and materials necessary for the American people)
Roosevelt was eager to make America's leadership of world affairs a non-exploitative, just embodiment of its founding principles. He correctly stated that having such rights would guarantee American security and that the United States' impact on the world depended on whether these rights were respected or subverted. World peace was at stake, as well as American (and global) prosperity. Roosevelt was undoubtedly correct.
THE LANDLORDS STRIKE BACK
Killing Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights. Military industrial complex. Corporate immortality rights. Profit everywhere. Plutocracy tyranny of law. Dollarworld. "And The Weak Must Suffer What They Must?" - Varoufakis
Demonetization. Taxation. Modern slavery. Prison labour. Restricted access to banking. Student debt. Social security shortfall. Old age obsolescence. Sickness penalty and profit. Monopoly lobby regulation. Corporate outsourcing. Home loan ponzi.