KARL MARX, THE PROPHET OF GOONS – Part 3

Truth requires no coercion. Any moderately intelligent person can make choices appropriate to him or her, based on what is available and feasible. Any healthy human society runs on the basis of average people making innumerable such ‘common sense’ choices. This, in practical terms, is what the average person understands by the word ‘freedom’.

Depriving a society of such freedom leads to misery. Despots – that is, glorified goons – deprive a society of the vitality that springs from this freedom.

[For a further exploration of the meaning of ‘freedom’, aligned with the teachings of Gautam Buddha, please see this post.]

Karl Marx – and others of his ilk – come up with ‘theories’ which they claim will take the society to a higher level of justice, or happiness, or progress … or something. Because these ‘theories’ are written up in the form of heavy tomes, most people assume that the author would have taken a holistic and impartial view of society. In reality, however, a holistic and impartial view of the human condition requires arduous cultivation; and history proves that ‘theories’ contained in heavy tomes are based on faulty premises.

A ‘theoretician’ usually does not get personally involved in the rolling out of his or her ‘theory’ across a society. Milton Friedman needed people like Pinochet, and Marx’s theory needed – after his death – people like Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and Mao. The reason is that, for any ‘theory’ to be put into practice on societal scale, a huge amount of coercion is needed. The coercion is provided by henchmen, party cadres, the police, the military … and so on. Freedom is quickly snatched away from common people for ‘a higher good’ justified by the theory.

The human instruments of coercion do not really understand the ‘theory’ on whose behalf they are exercising coercion. They trust the ‘ideologues’ who claim to understand fully what the heavy tomes contain. But each human instrument of coercion has his or her personal agenda, based on greed, vengeance, spite … or whatever. In exchange for acting cruelly on behalf of a ‘theory’ – ‘a higher truth’! – they get their personal worldly needs fulfilled.

The loudly proclaimed ‘higher truth’ serves only as cover for baser passions.

In fact the nature of reality is such that apprehension of truth makes a person humble. Reality is infinitely more complex and profound than any firebrand ideologue is in a condition to understand. Absence of humility is a sure sign of incorrect apprehension, and arrogance a cover for insecurity.

But who can argue with a firebrand ideologue quoting from a book and leading a pack of agitated party cadres? The only rational choice is to get out of the way.

Together, the ideologue and his goons behave atrociously, since the ideology serves only as a pretext for hatred and anger. It makes little difference whether or not the ideologue is also a goon, since the two are in cahoots in any case.

A tragic but hard fact of life is that any economic system can be cunningly exploited by the cunning, since human cunning knows no bounds. For example, in any country, minutes after new tax laws or trade laws are announced, clever people set about devising ways to circumvent the new laws.

A communist system, based on Marx’s theories, cannot be an exception to the empirically proven facts of human nature. After all, communism is also a human system, and it offers no cure or protection against human failings. In fact, communism provides a slippery slope on which human failings can snowball and, collectively, take demonic form probably not anticipated by Marx.

The noble-sounding idea of ‘class struggle for economic justice’ – is inevitably hijacked by goons for ignoble purposes. Initially, ‘ideologues’ employ goons to achieve ‘a historical social mission’. Soon, the goons – having tasted blood in the initial rounds – make the ideologues dance to their music. Propaganda replaces clarity of thought; dirty politics and back-stabbing replaces camaraderie.

In the first half of the twentieth century, one large country witnessed the tragic consequences of the bloody leadership of goons. In the second half the century, another large country witnessed a similar tragedy of enormous scale. So-called ‘cultural Marxism’ has been plaguing a third large country recently.

All said and done, what is the difference between a modern day ‘theoretician’ and a priest of ancient times? Both mess with power and politics, in the name of a mesmerizing and much-trumpeted ‘higher truth’ – and both need agents of coercion. In ancient days, these agents of coercion were ‘kings’ with their huge armies. Today the agents of coercion take different form and shape; the word ‘chairman’ or ‘general secretary’ is used in place of ‘king’.

Marx was not alive to witness the real-life consequences of his theories; but his busts have been placed on pedestals by goons who found that his theory suited their purposes. If Marx had witnessed what happened in Russia and China in his name, and if he was sensitive to human suffering, he might even have revised his tome to warn of the potential for immense harm that his theory contained.

[To be continued.]

KARL MARX, THE PROPHET OF GOONS – Part 2

There will always be economic inequalities in any society. Why? Quite simply because there are incredibly huge differences among people’s outlook on life, the importance they attach to wealth, their ambitions, their good and bad habits, the social pressures they experience … and so on and on.

Dreaming of an ideal society in which there are no economic inequalities is therefore being naive, foolish – or both! The dream does not match reality.

So then what does a person do? Does one simply sit with folded hands and shed tears that the world is not constructed according to one’s ideals?

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KARL MARX, THE PROPHET OF GOONS – Part 1

Popular myth is that Karl Marx, thinking deeply about life from within a library in London, came up with profound economic discoveries.

Dear Reader, does one discover deep truths of the real life from within the confines of a library? Today, would you trust a ‘profound thinker’ whose working day is spent surfing the web and theorising?

REALITY: One learns about real life and the economy by being out in the middle of economic action; by earning a living, talking with an open mind to workers, farmers, factory owners, shopkeepers – learning from them, understanding their lives, understanding what we all seek. The realities of economic life – extremely harsh though they may be – must be experienced before any workable solution is formulated and proffered to the world.

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ONE CHINA POLICY THAT WE CAN APPLAUD!

Be happy!

The so-called One China Policy, as currently defined by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and apparently accepted by global power-mongers, is a crass statement of superpower aspirations, racism and xenophobia. People around the world do not speak up against this policy because they fear upsetting “the dragon”, or losing lucrative business opportunities and investments from China. The questionable basis of the policy is never discussed.

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BEFORE & AFTER!

A change of theme!

All the posts prior to this short one reflect on various aspects of supposedly “free” economies. The aim has been to separate reality from myth, for the benefit of the common citizen. After all, myths are carefully crafted to cheat the common citizen.

The posts which follow this short one, timewise, reflect on various theories and policies — once again the aim being to bring out what is harmful. Generally, these theories and policies go against the stated spirit of “free” economies, and create great confusion and repression all around.

Either way one looks at it, there are no easy answers. But the two sets of writing certainly do provide plenty of food for thought — for those who have the appetite! 😉

Globalization: A Sneaky Overview

Consider the hypothetical case of an economy with annual GDP of 5 trillion US dollars, the broad economic dynamics of which are the subject matter of this exploration.

The hypothetical country whose economy we analyze here is named AB, because its internal economy is composed of two distinct components A and B. The total population of AB is 100 million, but only about 2% of it belongs to B; the rest of it belongs to A. For the ease of dealing with round numbers, we shall say that A and B have populations of 100 million and 2 million respectively.

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Taxes or Debt?

Economists define ‘the wealth of a society’ as its total stock of useful assets – homes, cars, buildings, roads, factories, cattle, money, gold … et cetera. Let us call this definition D1.

A definition serves merely as a starting point for a logical exploration of related ideas. However – and necessarily – the direction which the exploration takes depends on the definition. In any discussion of ideas, a  conscious effort is needed to understand how it is influenced by the definitions of its basic terms.

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Response to the Bank Chairman

The Chairman of a large global bank recently gave a TV interview about the state of the world economy [1]. Not surprisingly, the Chairman gave what was intended to be a sound and learned justification for a world order characterized by barrier-less trade.

However, the justification came out as being utterly sophomoric in its quality. That is to say, it was not too different from how a privileged undergraduate might argue in a college debate. Only the mannerisms were different – the uncle spoke, not the nephew or the niece. Continue reading Response to the Bank Chairman

From Barter to Debt: A Brief History

[In which the brilliant deductive techniques of Sherlock Holmes are applied to the origins of debt, currency and the debt-linked economy.]

  1. BACKGROUND

Imagine the simple human economic life of about five thousand years ago, based on the production and exchange of the necessities of life. If one family has a surplus goat, say, and another family has surplus wheat, then both would benefit by making an exchange — so much wheat for a goat. Economically, the exchange would make excellent sense, because it would leave everyone better off. Continue reading From Barter to Debt: A Brief History

A FALSE DUALITY

Our species today has a total headcount of some 7.6 billion, spread all over the unique and beautiful planet Earth. The species originated a few hundred thousand years ago in a region of the great continent of Africa. In this evolutionary ‘blink of an eye’, heroic individuals and groups of our species have migrated to the remotest parts of the planet − overcoming in the process innumerable and enormous challenges and adversities. Continue reading A FALSE DUALITY

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