Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Capitalism as organized crime

I've seen these posters scattered around my neighborhood and have to say I find them rather amusing. Capitalism, you see, is actually quite unorganized. There is no top-down direction. Rather it consists of the voluntary interactions of millions of people each trying to pursue their own interests.

Socialism, however, actually is very organized, featuring a centralized system of control. Indeed, it's very definition is the "public or state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." In order for the state to do that it needs an extreme amount of control, dictating to people items such as where they must work, what they must produce and what they are allowed to obtain. This is why all collectivist societies feature massive security apparatuses, in order to squash dissent and force people to carry out the state's wishes. It's not an unfortunate byproduct, it is inherent in the system.

Which is the real organized crime?

Update: A bit more accurate picture:

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