Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The link below leads to a wonderful article that displays the beauty of communalism at the most humble of levels.
It is not surprising to find the ideas of communal cooperation in Haiti. Being of Arawak and African descent they come from a long history of cultural communalist practices. What is suprising is that the puppet governemnt that has been weakened and decimated by every dominate capitalist society of the “west” played no part in this revival of the communal spirit. The influence of those who hoard societal power has successfully denied growth and development for the many that suffered a terrible tragedy. Though I despise state run communal structures, it reminds me the rate of growth that took place in the Soviet Union and China. Time and time again we find evidence that cooperation picks up the slack when competition fails us. May abundant blessing fall upon the people of Haiti, and may those blessing ripple out to us all.
Communal cooperation is the cure to the dying behemoths of the world. So now more people need to be asking themselves Private vs Public?
Through the course of events in human development the nature of terms alter and shift. Terms, verbage, phrases, or what have you being the way that we translate our presumptions and perceptions of reality. The words we use and how we use them say a lot, not only about ourselves, but also the world around us. Value, a word with quite a few definitions today is greatly utilized by many for its most popular contemporary definition that I’ll sum up as market price. Prices are the numerical translation of societal value. Money is the way we meet up to the standards of our “values”. Together they are walls of the barrel we’re all stuck in.
Money potentially is a wonderful tool, and an efficient way to extend the representation of the abstract power of a given Individual in a given society, in a manner that allows more of the masses to trade for their needs without exerting themselves too much. Money being the representation of societal power, should be a tool controlled and created by the many, on the basis of the whole, to insure an environment that produces mutual benefit. However today we live in a world that has less public banking and money creation than there should be. I have always found that money was a tool of measurement, but it only has that purpose in addition to its place in the world today. Prices require that measuring tool to function as such so that society can function under its current structure. Organically money and prices should fluctuate in“value”by the actions we take in the market, but life doesn’t function in the fashion explained by the great Austrian Economists. People value money, no other need really matters because money is the means to acquire the ends.
Today’s reality has placed the idea of value in a position to be synonymous with that of price. Price being the signal that directs demand, tells us that value in terms of the individual is constantly changing. This is an evolution of terms greatly orchestrated to benefit those who gain from societal disunity, greater competition, and a lack of cooperation. This is an unfair and dangerous match, but let us go to the root before we battle the obvious. What is it that births value? Is it the functions of the market, or is it the process of production? I believe the source of value to be human need and/or want. If we descend into the histories of people and look to the bartering economies you will find the trade of one thing for another. The most just of transactions comes about because some say your potato was worth the exchange for a mango. However clearly you valued the mango over the potato and it is this feeling that many toss away in the analysis of economies, but this urge compounded the whole economy through is what creates societal value, which through our transactions converts to the demand within an economy, and from this demand can spring forth supplies and inevitably prices.
Remembering even dictionaries outside of economic literature are listing the first definition of value along the lines of market price, we find ourselves in a new social order. The ruling class has fought hard to make the idea of cooperation seem nefarious or evil. Culturally the principles of “communism” or communalism is frowned upon greatly in the United States, this is not because the idea of community is frowned upon, but because greed and self interest benefits the ruling class much greater than cooperation. We have come to value self interest over blatant rationality. The idea of value is the same whether it is the items we prefer or the philosophies we promote that statisfy the human need and want generated from the same place in the human spirit. We have abandoned the collective because we equate all of life’s ups and downs with the price tags that are less generated by market fluctuations than edicts from the boardroom and backdoor meetings.
Individually we must value money at all costs in a world where we must accumulate a shrinking pool of available money to satisfy our needs. Though this has been a reality in America since its colonization, its affects ripple outward. This need has compounded, as they always do in societal structures, and now entire economies, the entire world over, is driven by the accumulation of money in one form or another. But why? Why haven’t we come to a point where money should be the measure tool that it was intended to be? Because power is not shared equitably, and the ruling class fights the idea of equity, or even parity. This fact is its own issue that must be argued at another point, but money is the answer to seeing how the ruling class has destroyed the idea of value, and perverted it as to gain a larger portion of societal power to hold over the masses.
People value luxuries and exuberance, even if it is a reality that is no where near their grasp. Poor people value Louis Vuitton and Gucci not because the cotton is better, or the leather tougher than any other, but instead people value these brands because they are icons of the frivolously spending for “good quality”. The idea of being able to aquire the things that you want in “good quality” is grand, down right seductive, but when you include pricing in the equation stratification exists and blockades are implemented by the means of the individual. This systematic rejection puts stress on the common majority and frustrations build. while the ruling class lives in their gated communities, usually governed collectively, the common majority fights its self as it awaits the next feeding. Ever cramming ourselves into environments, meshing cultures not likely to mesh under any other circumstances than dire need, to achieve a level of wealth that can only remotely satisfy the continuously growing list of wants and needs generated by the ruling class.
Now this starts the rat race to climb the ladder. We all must scrape up as much as we can. Along the way we set aside for later and spend what we can for what we need, but as this happens the cycle continues. The masses work to produce a profit for the Capitalist, to earn a wage which they then go give back to the capitalist in terms of purchases. Wages in the“western world” are not adequate to provide people with the means to live their lives in the manner that the ruling class has set for us all. Wage growth does not match growth in productivity, the gap is going strong. People are more productive while being paid less, the hunger for money grows. Automation threats the livelihood of the masses the hunger for money grows. The stock of money, the receipts of societal power, has grown in America and the world over, but the common majority still struggles. So now the common majority is forced to work with less as the ruling class holds ever more of the majority of societal power in bank accounts across the planet.
It is the struggle for more, and our neglect of actual problem solving that pushes neighbors to hate one another, and colleagues to stab each other in the back, and it is the ruling class that creates this environment. They hoard the power of society, and its easy for them to hoard it because society sacrificed its power to private banks that print the people’s power’s representation on receipts, that we covet over all things, for those at the top. With every year we see the further development of a world that is so greatly dependent upon a token of human imagination that truly could have been beneficial to the masses, but has instead been the shackles that binds us. The power and privilege that comes with money seduces the masses into complicity. We stand for our own enslavement, and because of the fancy flashing trinkets of the rich we ignore the lack of substance.
What benefit does society receive from shelves covered with fifty differing cereals if they are all tainted with chemicals and food-like-stuffs that leads to lucrative transactions for the medical industry later? What benefit does society have from private transportation if they run on fuels that should have been obsolete ages ago, and they are designed and constructed in a manner that allows them to fall apart all too quickly? These are things our society values. Cocoa Cola, Kelloggs, and Chevrolet are all valued American staples. They’ve employed, nursed, and made America feel grand for ages, but are they really worth what they are telling us they are? In a system as corrupt as that of American capitalism there can be no idea of mutual benefit over that of the individual, there can be no idea of the representation of societal power being owned and created by the collective for the collective, there is only room for that of greed and its by-products. Marx said it best capitalism creates a world in its own image, and it is the values shared by the societies of the world that paint their images. So whose brush is painting the image of the world today? Where is it that the societies of the world get their values? What overwhelmingly is being valued by the world over? Money rules all, and those that have set the standards. Society struggles as it plays the games of the few, and blindly value their deception.
It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production, it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst, i. e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.
-Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto.
Cooperation is a key component of communal organization. Communalism stand strong on, and is built up by the cooperation of the members of society. This is a pretty good segment by Dr. Richard D Wolff and Dr. Jessica G Nembhard that touches on the climate of todays political affairs, the history of co-ops in America, black history with co-op, and the importance and beauty of people waking up to the ideas of cooperation.
Power is the root of all social structures. It is out of the need to control, utilize, and maintain power that we construct the societies that are built around us. Democracy does not exist because humans long for debate, and capitalism does not exist because people love to work, neither the displays of communism that have played out over time because the practicing states had nothing else better to do. These constructs are examples of society allocating the power within itsself in a manner to allow itself to funtion and exist. The sum of all the potential, in what ever form imaginable, a society has is the abstract power that will fuel its existence, development, and advancement. It is the abstract power of society that makes the decisions of a society, or the societies leaders, possible. It is the organiztion of this power that creates economies, governments, empires, ect.
The human embodies multiple positive and negative spirits that if left free of guidance, check and balance, can be detrimental to the well being of others or ourselves. We, a herding creature like other mammals, realized early on, through our social and tangible needs, that we require others to exist. This fact births the social contract that binds a society together, and that birth begins the construction of processes that allocate the power of a given human herd.
So where is it that the power comes from?The most simple factor in any socioeconomic system, the individual. It is the concent and complicity of the individual of every society that births the power of the society as a whole. Together, one by one, the people, families, bands, clans, and tribes give up their power and compound it with that of their peers to form a behemoth in comparison to themselves. It is this compounding that allows the birth of society.
Today consumerism consumes the so-called industrialized western world, and with this consumerism comes the structures that make it possible. None of this reality exists without the concent and complicity of the individuals of society. If that concent were to disappear tomorrow so too would the structures that prop up the existence, though I am sure it would be a bloody end. Money is not the root, ownership is not the root, it is powertand our need of it to fulfill our desires that compels the masses to act. Historically the one respresentation of a means of power that has translated from culture to culture has been money. Some say it is the measure of value and wealth, some say it is a store wealth, some say it is a vehicle of exploitation, but no matter how you wish to preceive it there is no arguing that money to its core is a representation of power. If we go to ancient Africa where human life began or to Europe where we find the youngest human life we see examples of people putting their power in the trinkets they trade for the means of subsistence, simple wants, and thrills.
Power can be expressed physically rape, pillage, and plunder or the physical forging of gold coins, the construction of a chair, or the planting of a potato crop. Power can also be expressed materially through the vehicle of money. Power has been expressed in many other ways too. Heredity and title/nobility are signs of power, but all of these are means to divert ones time away from a physical usage of power deemed unnecessary, intolerable, or undesireable to one’s personal path in existence. At the end of the day we are organic creatures that are products of an ecosystem that provides all that we need to exist. Individually we could find ways to cloth and feed ourselves, but we don’t. We realize stitching takes time, and so does tilling the land, so we give up a little power to be dependent upon others who master these skills of production. Though money, and the social structures we construct, are not real reductions of power from our actual existence, they are equivalent to the amount of restraint we place upon ourselves to refuse to utilize that power to exist in a manner that has come to be preceived as primitive. Thus we concet to the usage of power by others over us.
Though power is the origin and driving force of societal human life, it is up to humans themselves to decide how to utilize it. As before stated, we embody the capabilities of great good and mutual benefit and great evil and mass exploitation and detriment. Power can be used to pursue the endeavors of those who have it, and surely as easily as the mind of men can change so too can the nature of power corrupt. The ability to live out your desires is a seductive idea and this quality of power, its ability to bring you desires into the reality in which you exist, is dangerous and arguably could be the center of all human conflict. Nature, itselfs being the balancing of simultaneous chaotic experiences, displays a reality where the benefit to some in some places can serve to the detriment of others. We exist in a reality where earthquakes can cripple islands and leave whole nations without a clue. The room for righteousness and corruption exists in the human realm of reality, allowing for our own version of simultaneous chaotic experiences to play out, but sure enough when power exists greatly in the hands of one or a few over time it corrupts and people revoke their concent and ignore the idea of complicity. The people’s revolutions are equally about power as that of the political coups of today.
Profit is a byproduct of the collective, or abstract, power of society. Profit is the way masses of people equate nobility in todays world. Profit and the accumulation of money is the designation of a powerful being in society. The United States of America, the greatest behemoth of abstract power on the planet today, has a constitution that forbids the granting of nobility or the amassing of power over others on the basis of heredity, but it has profit. America has become the master of the representation of individual social power in the terms of money. We use money to stratify our society, though the wealthy debatably have no birth right to their power and priviledge they set themselves a part with the funds they have collected over time. These men and woman live the lavish life of tribe leaders, dukes, and princesses, they build empires for themselves, and buy political favors, and they carry great weight and influence in society. Is this not the nobility? Is this not the amassing of great power in the hands of the few over the many? These surely are signs of the flaws and mistakes in our utilization and organization of abstract power.
To accurately analyze and determine the benefit and detriment of all political economies, all social organization, all experiments of societal gatherings one must find those that are trusted to utilize the abstract power of society and one must see how it is that they utilize that power. The very nature of society depends upon the concent and complicity of the whole, so it is the happiness and well being of the whole that must dictate the merit and worthiness of our social structures and the lords we entrust with the power we voluntarily give to them. As nature itself produces organic life when the chaotic conditions of existence are balanced, so too must a successful society find a balance between the happiness and well being of its members. Surely if the plates of the social scale tilt there will be chaos, revolutions, unemployment, outrage, devastations, and collapse. But once balance has been achieved the scales will settle and a state of harmonious organization can prosper. Mutual benefit manifest, and communal equity keeps the negative spirits within our nature subdued.
Adstract power translates to many things in society, but socially it is alway a win or loose situation. A tug of war between multiple factions. Those of nobility have and the common man have not. The Capitalist has but the proletariat has not. Constantly humans, through out our history, have struggled with living in peace as the seductive tendencies of power, however it translates in a society, have been free to be claimed by whosoever wished to make claim howsoever they wished to do it. Power is a constant struggle between the classes of people in any society thus power must be spread in an equitable manner. The restraints we place on ourselves to accepted money, surfdom, slavery, employment could be better utilized if we acknowledged what it is that drives us to accept the losing hand in the societal war for power. If life is a constant struggle of seizing as much power in any situation as you can to one up the next person, or persons, how can one expect a true tone of civility and brotherhood to exist in any societal gathering?
Power is not just the core of political economies it is the driving force for most human interaction. So to sum the entire body of this work up, it is the power of society that must be dealt with communally if we wish to retire the stratifications and struggle of human interaction. To end the plague that hangs of the development of every major human empire, we must remove or restrain the seed that grows to bare the fruits of society that feeds the evil spirits within ourselves. Abstract power is communally generated thus it must be communally organized.