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    I notice there are lots of commies in this forum. So lets battle it out. I'm a firm believer in capitalism.
    In economics, laissez-faire (English pronunciation: /ˌlɛseɪˈfɛər/ ( listen), French: [lɛsefɛʁ] ( listen)) means allowing industry to be free from state intervention, especially restrictions in the form of tariffs and government monopolies.
    The phrase is French and literally means "let do", but it broadly implies "let it be", or "leave it alone."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laissez-faire
    Laissez-faire capitalism is capitalism in its pure form. Unleashed. However, in America, we have regulations often governed by bureaucratic agencies such as the FDA, EPA, OSHA, ESA, FIDC, IRS, ATF, that maintain a level of acceptable conditions in our health products, our food, our environment, our employment, etc.

    Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are privately owned; supply, demand, price, distribution, and investments are determined mainly by private decisions and market forces rather than through a planned economy; and profit is distributed to owners who invest in businesses.
    Okay we'll use this definition for now. I don't believe that everyone is entitled to everything. The American Constitution states that:

    The United States Declaration of Independence, which was primarily drafted by Jefferson, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The text of the second section of the Declaration of Independence reads:
    We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.



    There you go spoiled brat. You are entitled to the PURSUIT of happiness. That means you have the right to EARN what you want. Communists want entitlements and are often under the false assumption that common ownership of property means that everyone gets a free house and a free car and free luxuries.


    Capitalism is incentive based. If you want to make money, there is a free market that you are allowed to participate in. It is regulated with licenses and registration processes (bureaucracy). Entering the market requires start-up capital. Start-up capital is easily available from lenders/investors/banks once the borrower has built a good reputation for honoring loans/credit. Going into business requires risk, and with high risk comes high reward. We also have the opportunity to share ownership in our companies via the corporate system in which one can easily buy a share ownership in a corporation online for $5 plus the share price of the stock. Pretty cool system.


    Communism. You have no private property. You are not allowed to go on strike or freely move from one occupation to another. There is no incentive to work harder because everyone is distributed the same ration anyways. The standard of living is poor for everyone. People often lose their individual rights as well. For example you are not allowed to have opposing political views from the communists in power and you are often not allowed to practice any religion. Electricity and water is often turned off during the night or during off hours to conserve resources for a huge monstrous bureaucratic system. Bureaucracy is infamous for being inefficient.


    What examples of communism do we have?


    China is fairly communist. Cuba. North Korea. Vietnam. Many eastern Europe countries suffered the wrath of Soviet Union communism such as: Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, czech republican, Germany.


    Communists often refer to capitalism as "crony capitalism" or "evil Capitalists" or "capitalist pigs". This is because of their jealousy that others were more innovative, willing to take the chance at risking a capital investment and leveraging themselves, and become successful as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship to me is an action that deserves rewards. Laziness, lack of skills, and unreliability and disloyalty should not reward you. Despite this, here in capitalist America we supply the poor lazy unemployed workers with no skills welfare in the form of free housing, free food, free electricity, free water, free education, free clothing, free library cards, you name it. So the poor in this country are NOT abandoned. There are countless not-for-profit organizations within our country that get a free pass on taxes so that they can outreach via community programs and support such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. etc. there are so many of them.


    The fact is that even the most poor in America have a higher standard of living than the hardest working and most skilled in a Communist Country.


    To the Communists on this forum. I challenge you to name one Communist country in the history of the world that we can analyze for its prosperity and success as a communist country. I will simply argue how the system of communism ultimately failed far faster than a comparable capitalist system fails.


    I also presume that every communist on this forum is currently living in a CAPITALIST country. That is the utter irony. So you are glorifying a system that you know little about (just looking from the outside in) and you are hating a system that provides you with all the luxuries that you currently have.


    Also you are welcome to boast communist leaders. Lenin, Stalin, Castro, etc. Hell we can examine what Karl Marx's vision really was. Build. Convince me that communism is better than Capitalism, because right now I feel convinced that capitalism has had a net positive effect for mankind and has catalyzed the advancements in technology and created conditions that have allowed for such a population explosion. I'm not arguing that capitalism is perfect. But there is no better system.
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    nowadays theres no difference between both

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    How is there no difference?

    Communism is beneficently evil and Capitalism is ruthlessly good. Yin and Yang.
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    comunism at 2010 = capitalism

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    capitalism denigrates humanity and the quality of life of all humans in the pursuit of profit.

    capitalism is based on the idea that one is entitled to land and resources that were not earned. the earth belongs to no one. if you can prove otherwise then you win this argument. if not then you must concede that capitalism is a pariah.

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    I get what the monk is saying. Neither one exists in its pure form. Communism now has many facets of capitalism woven into it and capitalist countries have some features of communism.

    For example, China and Vietnam are embracing many free market ideas in the last couple decades.

    Things to consider:

    Ownership
    Distribution
    Production
    Individual and private rights
    standards of living
    economic prosperity
    economic freedom

    Another important part of Our system of capitalism is our progressive tax system in which the richer people are required to pay a higher tax than lower income people. This is also a form of social welfare. If we were completely democratic, you would expect each man to make an equal contribution to the government's budget. However I have my own gripes about our tax system so I won't run off on that tangent.

    Marxist Communist Manifesto: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx...esto/index.htm

    one thing i meant to discuss is the difference between socialism and communism. My understanding is that socialism is state ownership of all property whereas communism is public ownership of all property. Both require a ruling elite (government) to decide how that property is redistributed so that is where some of the confusion takes place. One thing i notice is that if you do a web search, you get all kinds of different interpretations and spin on what communism and socialism really are. There is a lot of bias to be weary of.

    Socialism is an economic and political theory based on public ownership or common ownership and cooperative management of the means of production and allocation of resources.[1][2][3]
    In a socialist economic system, production is carried out by a public association of producers to directly produce use-values (instead of exchange-values), through coordinated planning of investment decisions, distribution of surplus, and the use of the means of production. Socialism is a set of social and economic arrangements based on a post-monetary system of calculation, such as labor time or energy units.[4]
    Socialists advocate a method of compensation based on individual merit or the amount of labor one contributes to society.[5] They generally share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through a system of exploitation. They argue that this creates an unequal society that fails to provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potential,[6] and does not utilise technology and resources to their maximum potential in the interests of the public.[7] Socialists characterize full socialism as a society no longer based on coercive wage-labor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
    Within communism you have leninism, stalinism, marxism, etc. I admit that I myself do not know all the differences that distinguish one from the other. Maybe someone can explain or post a reputable source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoarzHeadBoy View Post
    How is there no difference?

    Communism is beneficently evil and Capitalism is ruthlessly good. Yin and Yang.
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    The only way we'll transcend capitalism is to transcend a need based society.

    If there was enough value in the world to make everyone rich I'd say go ahead, but if you distribute the money equally across the planet everyone makes about eight thousand dollars a year. That's not a livable wage, because prices will rise to equalize the work.

    In the far future we will no longer need because we will produce more then we consume, in this world, we will be able to have a communist state. In that world the only measure of value will be human labor. Until then the world is not ready.

    And P2TP you can't throw around House Negro, you're Iranian, that's offensive...

    Realistically, your labor doesn't count for shit, the value is in the finished product, the value is what we make of it. No one can tell me how much something is worth. I decide how much it is worth. Capitalism is freedom. They give a price which is what they're willing to accept for it, but it's up to me to decide to buy their product. By having the ability to say no, I control them. Communism dictates prices so that you cannot say no, because they are universal across the state. You'll never find a bargain because everyone is ripping you off equally. Communism is a total monopoly. And I thought that Communists hate capitalist monopolies.

    Communism is serfdom. You are a nation enslaved to one another. Your system will never work.
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    we can produce more than we need now.
    why don't we?
    abundance reduces profit.

    if everyone was rich, then no one would be rich.

    a change of mentality has to take place in order for a change in policy/gov to be effective. basically the need for one to feel more important/powerful than another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WUnded Fox View Post
    we can produce more than we need now.
    why don't we?
    abundance reduces profit.

    if everyone was rich, then no one would be rich.

    a change of mentality has to take place in order for a change in policy/gov to be effective. basically the need for one to feel more important/powerful than another.
    Precisely as you said it.

    Abundance, saturation, reduces profit.

    How disgusting is this system where we have enough rice to feed the world, but to keep from driving the price of rice down, rice companies in Britain for example find it profitable instead to dump their reserves into the sea.

    How disgusting is this system where we have clothing companies like H&M and American Apparel that produce more clothes than they can sell, and instead of giving to those who needed it in the communities they have businesses, they deliberately cut up all the clothes before throwing it in the dumpster.

    How disgusting is this system where we have bookstores that have too many books and rather than giving it away, they fill a dumpster of it and set it ablaze so as to not saturate the market and drive the price of their own profit down.

    Simply disgusting.
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    don't forget the trade off between public good and profit.
    companies will and do, sacrifice your health to increase their bottom line.
    constantly cutting corners.
    decrease nutritional value to reduce cost. healthy food is not as profitable.
    erode safety standards to reduce cost. safer products cost more which reduces profit.
    use inferior materials to increase sales. a long lasting product reduces profit.
    use unhealthy materials to increase profit. higher production costs reduce profit.

    and the funny thing is that only 5% of this population is rich.
    the ones fighting tooth and nail for capitalism aren't even reaping the benefits. they are victims.

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    I don't understand how you can describe capitalism as "exploitation."

    You are not FORCED to work for a business or for an employer. You are free to apply for any business for any position for any employer and NEGOTIATE your compensation and your wage. How are you being exploited, when in a free market, if an employer's work conditions or compensation are unfavorable, you can simply and freely go to a competitor? That is not exploitation at all.

    Simply, I can freely go from one employer to a different one. I am not exploited. In matter of fact you can argue that the working class actually exploits the employers because we can quit or strike whenever we want. And in capitalist America, there are labor laws to prevent exploitation. Such as the 40 hour work week which seems perfectly FAIR to me. And minimum wage. Unemployment insurance. Laws prohibiting workplace harassment and discrimination. laws against child labor. Come on now. Who is being exploited? You can choose to not work at all in America and enjoy social welfare checks, public housing, etc. etc. They call this place the "land of opportunity" and in all seriousness there are opportunities everywhere. I have opportunities for employment all around me in America. I have opportunities for scholarships and grants and opportunities for advancement, promotions, bonuses, commissions... I have opportunities to join unions as an apprentice or opportunities to work in the public service sector. Whether or not I actually get off my ass to take advantage of those opportunities is the only question.

    Communists are the ones exploiting the populace as a whole. in 1932, Stalin exploited the Ukraine by starving off the entire population because he had communist control (public ownership - yeah right!) of the agricultural output and how it is distributed amongst the people. Then Stalin went around the Soviet Union seizing people's grains and agricultural output. People were starving in the millions. There are documented cases of cannibalism taking place under stalinist russia. Women having sex for food. Here in America, it is practically impossible to starve. People don't even eat everything on their plates. We are gorged with food. Look at all the obese Americans. Our capitalist free market keeps food affordable, and keeps agriculture profitable for farmers. Not only this, but our free market capitalism has given our citizens the incentives and motivation to develop more efficient methods of producing more output with less inputs. Maximizing efficiency and reducing waste have increased profitability while the competitive market helps beat down prices. Brilliant.

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