Socialism. Communism. Democracy. Dictatorship. Capitalism.
Let’s take a very brief look at the historic lessons learned from all of the above.
Communism and Socialism are both very close in belief and they share one very simple but powerful flaw, as can be witnessed time and again in history. They both go against human nature by trying to control ambition. Anytime you go against human nature, you are doomed from the start. People who believe in either of the above are simply confused between equality and equal opportunity for all citizens of the world. There will never be equality for all citizens, but we should ensure that there is equal opportunity and work towards this end tirelessly, while at the same time ensuring that every citizen has their basic needs met so that nobody can be allowed to go hungry, cold or is denied access to education and health care.
Dictatorships as we think of them today or in the past are a disaster for sure, but there are many of us living in the western world under different forms of dictatorships, and we don’t even realise it.
Is it the case in the USA (just an example of many) that you are given the choice which one of two dictators you would like to choose from every five years, and that is the only choice you have?
Democracy has only been tested properly in Switzerland, and by democracy I mean real open and free democracy, and the results are amazing by any standard of judgement. I am sure their system can be improved as well, but if we could get most countries to that level of democracy it would be an amazing achievement, and it would for sure make our Planet Earth a lot more peaceful and harmonious place to spend our short lives.
Capitalism in its extreme is every bit as dangerous and counterproductive as communism ever was or will be, and you only have to look around you to see the results. Capitalists often use words like “a free open world”, but behind it there is absolutely nothing free about it, when they try at every hand to lobby politicians to introduce laws to block the importation of more competitive products from other areas of the world, and this is only one of many examples.
Here is another example of how destructive extreme capitalism can be. Everyone knows about the financial crisis of 2008 in the western world, but what was the crisis? Was there less money in the world in 2008/2009 than there was in 2006/2007? And if so, why? Did some aliens arrive on Planet Earth and steal all of our money? Did some lunatic burn half of the money that existed in the world?
The answer of course is that there was no less money, but a select handful of people with massive power over markets decided to bring in the cash and sit on it for a couple of years, thereby collapsing the value of everything, and coming back in to buy again at much lower values.
How in the name of whatever God you believe in or otherwise does this benefit society?!
This can be controlled through high taxation of funds, which are non-productive. Being ambitious and wanting to get ahead in life is not a bad thing, unless it’s at the cost of others using powerful manipulation and control mechanisms.
I happen to believe, rightly or wrongly, that in a “real” democracy the majority of people would agree with the above analysis, and would make the right political and economic decisions towards creating a fair and reasonable balance between promoting business ambition, and at the same time making sure that everyone had at least their basic needs met and, as far as humanly possible, had equal opportunity to get ahead in life.