The Cold War, which ended in 1991, was an economic war between two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism.
The problems we see in the world today is that rulers in “The West” believe that they won the Cold War. The western elite claim that it was a victory of capitalism over communism which gives them an unabridged right to enforce their version of capitalism everywhere.
In reality, it was the rotting and corrupt communist party which undermined the Soviet socialistic system from within. (For an excellent comparison between Socialism and Communism, go here: Communism vs. Socialism).
Communism was implemented by bloody revolution and terror. As it turned out, those were not sustainable politics.
Now, the western elite try to spread capitalism with force and terror. They train terrorists to quench any remaining flames of socialism.
Clearly, this too will not be any sustainable method of maintaining a basically sick economic system. It doesn’t matter how much they try to dress this terror in coats of “Democracy” and “Freedom”. Any system which doesn’t naturally appeal to the majority is bound to disintegrate.
In a real democracy, the majority can make the changes through the election system. Unfortunately, the democratic election processes in “the West” are already destroyed by the ruling elite through their control of mass-media and, if the propaganda doesn’t work, through rigged voting procedures.
If you, like me, are brought up in western Europe, during the fifties and sixties, you might still have some inherent notion about socialism being a more “fair” system for the majority of the people. It all depends on in which society and in which country you were born.
In my case, irrespective of being born into a “workers family” in the early 1950, my sympathies evolved towards the right (as opposite to the left). I tried, however, to stay neutral when some of my friends joined Olof Palme (the Leader of the Social Democrats and murdered as the Prime Minister of Sweden) in his fight against USA’s war in Vietnam and for “increased equality” (an oxymoron if any!).
Neither did seventeen years in the Swedish navy incite me to depart from my right wing views.
Only a few years ago, having left the corporate world and while spending much time in Russia, I started to better understand today’s geopolitical game. When you are “living the truth”, the propagandistic lies in the western mainstream media (about Russia and President Putin) lose their relevance.
My own experiences, combined with reading a few very enlightening books (you can see some of them in the left sidebar at www.therussophile.org, the news-aggregator about Russia), make me conclude that having a linear view on capitalism and socialism as two opposite poles is a flawed view.
It is probably more correct to look upon the respective path of capitalism and socialism from two positions on a circle as in the image below. The problem with both a “Free Market Capitalism” and “Democratic Socialism” is that neither can remain in status quo (or develop for the good of most people) without a strong state. And as soon as you have a strong state, it will be ripe for corruption with the risk of diverging towards either “Extreme Capitalism” (bankers and corporations control the state) or “Communism” (the extreme version of socialism where a ruling elite of party members controls all resources).
We have all seen the negative results of Communism but we are just starting to see the disaster brought upon the world by Extreme Capitalism.
The epic “battle” between capitalism and socialism is described in a recent article on “The Vineyeard of the Saker”, the excellent blog with very relevant analytic of Russia’s geopolitical situation. This is the “Saker’s” ingress:
Today I am posting a first article in what I hope will become a series about “re-thinking politics”. By that I mean the following: we are told that communism is dead. I am not so sure at all, but maybe. I would argue that what we think of as “European social-democracy” has died this year after a long and painful agony. The US is only a republic or a democracy in name, in reality it is a fascist oligarchy. Chavez in Venezuela spoke of “Bolivarian Socialism”. Arundhati Roy in India seems to think that democracy is dead and that Maoist guerrillas might have the answer to a lot of questions. One thing is sure, Fukuyama got in wrong and history has not ended (unless some crazy idiot in the White House launches an attack on Russia then yes, history will end).
I will never forget the day in 1992 or 1993 when during a session of the UN Conference on Disarmament a Pakistani Ambassador said something which I shall remember forever. He looked at the western delegations and said: “you think that your capitalism has defeated communism? You are wrong! What really happened is the internal contradictions of communism have caught up with communism before the internal contradictions of capitalism will catch up with capitalism”. Twenty years later it is pretty undeniable that he was absolutely correct. And no wonder that this realization first came from a Muslim as Islam today clearly offers at least two alternatives to all western ideologies: in Saudi Arabia a medieval and deeply reactionary one and in Iran a modern and very progressive one.
This series begins today with Andreja Vrazalic asking a few very basic and important questions about what socialism is (which, of course, depends on who you ask). I am very happy with this first contribution and my gratitude goes to Vrazalic for launching what I hope will be a long and productive discussion involving many more contributions from very different authors with very different views.
The article which follows goes into great detail about the different ways wealth historically were created. Andreja’s conclusion is that Socialism will prevail, although it might be under another name. Maybe his vision is the same as what I call the “Balanced model” in the image above. In that case, it is a model which Russia, under President Putin, is trying to implement (and which the western elite is trying to prevent him from implementing).
A quarter of a century has passed since socialism was officially pronounced dead.
However, as the examples of Sparta or Ancient Egypt tell us, socialism is not inherently new.
It is a system of state control over resources.
That system has existed since the dawn of time, and its recent defeat does not mean that it will disappear forever.
On the contrary, history tells us that things tend to go in waves, and that this victory of the system called liberal capitalism, which it is not, will not be permanent.
Socialism will again come into vogue at some point, probably under a different name, but with the same essence.
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