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Reviewing Private properties concept: Can Capitalism be reformed?

This part will discuss ownership of private land properties in capitalist systems and the practical political and legal reforms needed if change is to be effective.  In the first part I wrote:

One:  Capitalism is based on four  foundations:

1. Private property of means of production;

2. free exchange (products, services…);

3.  open free market for commerce; and

4. availability of a vast pool of people willing to work for salary.

The main driving force is that the owner of the means of production (the bank, the partners, the shareholder, or the family)  should earn as much as the total salary that all workers receive.

Consequently, an employee is hired when the owner can generate profit, at least as equal to the total salary of the hired worker.

Two:  The foundations of capitalism have proven not to function except within strong State institutions, which are almost totally controlled by the capitalist classes.

The judicial system obeys laws decreed by parliaments that are dominated by the richest and political “aristocracy” classes, and the executive branch is intrinsically dominated by these classes, directly and indirectly.  This whole political system is called “capitalist democracy” where people have the illusion of electing their representatives for a duration.  After election, people are to behave as spectators:  Any serious disturbances are crushed in the name of Law and Order.

Three:  The previous article described Communist economic systems (Russia and China) and then, capitalism in Western European social-democratic States.

Four:  The one foundation that all economic systems of developed States share is free global trade; which means the liberty to exploiting the developing countries in natural resources and cheap labor.

The developed States are allowed to subsidize their agriculture, but the developing nations are not to do it and they cannot, even if they witness the need to do it .  The developed States are to flood the markets of developing countries with affordable products with no “legal rights” for the developing nations to increasing import taxes in order to safeguarding their own means of productions.

The developed States can find financial resources at low-interest rates but not the developing nations.  In return for blatant exploitation, the developed States agree “voluntarily” to setting aside a small fraction of their GNP to developing the infrastructures in the poorer States; mainly, self-serving their interests to improving and facilitating exploitation and transport of raw materials efficiently.

Five:  All “international” institutions such as World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Commerce Trades are dominated by the US, China, and a few European States; thus, transparency and access to timely information and intelligence are practically denied the developing nations.

Six:  Financial institutions (banks, insurance companies…) are the real owner of means of production in capitalist systems.  They own 30% of the total wealth of a nation and represent only 1% of the population.  This is NOT acceptable.

Fact is, financial institutions generate three times more money than the combined tax collected by the government.  This is NOT acceptable.  Any reforms should first target the level of profit that financial institutions are permitted to generate.  “Effective” interest rates should be lowered accordingly and tougher regulations imposed of these behemoths.

Small community banks with excellent transparency in decision process and lending policies should be the norm.  The current status of financial institutions is generating abnormal profit with no risks whatsoever.  The aristocratic political family class (representing less than 10% of the population and hoarding more than 20% of the nation’s wealth or what is called “Old Money”) is the main beneficiary of the current capitalist system dominated by the financial barons.

Seven:  If capitalism needs salaried people, it must secure the fundamental right to work, a wide range of jobs that satisfy varied opportunity, access to affordable education, safe workplace, universal health coverage, caring for the elderly, and justice for people who worked most of their life for a comfortable retreat.  Has capitalism satisfied the basic needs of its workforce?

Eight:  States should start taxing according to the number of employees hired and net revenue (not based on financial sheet profit):  These two criteria are the most objective representative of net profit and easy to investigate.  This gimmick of taxing on “net profit” is an accounting fraud that is not objective or fair.

Companies relocating their factories or main business for cheaper workers must be taxed according to the original “national wages” of the workers.  Companies substituting workers for robots should be taxed according to the number of workers substituted.  States will be able to subsidize unemployed people until they find jobs and be imaginative enough to opening up newer job opportunities.

Nine:  There is a trend for owners with strong ethics and moral to including employees as shareholders and participating in management decisions:  These companies are doing very well and not suffering from financial crashes.  Institutions and companies for profit are amoral and do not deal in ethical conducts.  Ethics and morality are individual characteristics:  the more such individuals gather in groups to reclaiming fairness and justice in actions the more institutions will be reminded of what is best for society.

Land and private property are the basis for the emergence of the “bourgeois and merchant” classes and which initiated the major leap forward into creating wealth.  This system of private ownership lead to the abolition of feudalism and absolute monarchic powers that were backed by the clergy. The structure of private ownership of land and properties materially weakened nobility and clergy and eventually displaced them.

Private ownership of land and properties are not currently economically essential for capitalist system to function properly:  Enterprises can lease properties and resume their business as usual.  It is the political ideology behind private properties that is the culprit.  Private property ownership remains as a reminder that aristocracy image of power must not vanish in order to retaining political power in “democratic” political system.

Ownership of land and real estates must be legally abolished in order to having a serious chance for political reforms.  Land should be owned by communities and regulated by community councils. Land and real estates should only be leased and never owned by individuals or enterprises.  Why?

First, inheritance of private real estates and money is the main reason for the existence of aristocratic lineage in wealth and politics.  The inheritance mentality encourages sustaining ancient beliefs that the aristocratic class is better fit to rule, guide, and lead simply because this class created the system that perpetuates its interests and egoistic power.

Second, land and properties leasing laws prevent inheritance problems and its successions of hate, suffering, and legal procedures.  Land and real estates should be leased for a period no longer than 30 years and never renewed for any member of the family in order to dissuade political inheritance of images and statuses.  Leases can be extended for three years under particular circumstances; for example, father, mother, and grandparents have the right to die in their property and not experience humiliation and exacerbation at old age.  I guess children will make sure that their folks remain at home and not be sent to specialized rest homes in order to enjoying a free location.

Third, leases on unused properties or uninhabited could be canceled.  Consequently, homes will be properly maintained and the homeless people will have the availability of shelter in unoccupied properties.  Families with crippled or handicapped children will have priority for occupying uninhabited properties.

Fourth, leased land and real estates offer greater opportunities for the newer generations to different life-style in habitat, sustainable energy, and better community life.

Fifth, enterprises may be allowed to renew the lease for specific duration as long as the nature of the business did not change or will not change after the renewal. For example, transforming from a manufacture to real estates development.

The third part of this series of articles will develop on election processes and laws reforms that would shift the odds for the middle class and lower classes to acceded to legislative and executive positions.

Note:  You may read about the Real Estates bubble that won’t burst and is converging to another financial crisis in

Second truth:  The moment is eternal

People talk about truth and truths, but never offer a set samples of what truth could be.

In general, they extend the two criteria:

1. Truth is valid everywhere, for all civilizations and

2. Truth is invariant in time.

People tell you what Truth is Not.

Does truth means what is considered a fact; an objective measurable observation; an eye witnessed event; or a story backed by images, pictures, and sound recording?

Is truth what we confirm by resorting to God to back our utterances “In the name of God”, “I swear to God”, “on my mother’s head, father’s, or my unique son…?”

What is truth?  Is it all the affirmations contained in one’s “Holy Book” or consensual scientific books?

The first truth is: “One day I shall die.”

It means, one day, I shall stop acting and communicating by any means possible and available.  We might die physically and stop any movement and action; still, we can continue communicating through what we left in recorded written words, images, and sound voices.  There will be periods when newer generations are no longer exposed or initiated to what we published and thus, we are dead for the periods.  Eventually, we are dead for good.

The second truth is: “What is eternal is the moment.”

It means that what I am thinking, doing, and feeling at this moment is independent of time.  If the past exists it is because I am recollecting the past at this moment.  If the future exists it is because I am planning and pondering about future actions at this moment.  No present moment?  Then, there is no past or future to me. Past and future are logical terms linked to timeline:  They exist because of what I think and do right now.

The third truth is: “What is real is this moment.”

It means that What I perceive as real and right is what I am ready to accept at this moment as such.  People can have different opinions at this moment, but since I have no access or means or willingness to know and reflect on their opinions at “my moment” then, what I think is the real stuff at this moment.  There are “other moments” as you live to change.

The fourth truth:  “You need to maintain the moment; the moment is the real and most potent personal power.”

It is your responsibility to reserve 3 silent periods during the day for maintaining your well-being.

One period is for light physical exercises and focused mental meditation; you need to discover what kind of food best suit your body mechanism, amount of sleep, rest periods and duration…

The second period is for introspection or “know yourself” exercises:  To recognizing your limitations, capacities, and potentials by recalling how you behaved and acknowledging your individuality.

The third period is for planning and thinking about your next action plans.   The best locations, timing, and scheduling are left for your personal experimentation of what is most performing for the three exercise periods.

The present moment is the real, the truth, and the eternal; enjoy and learn to profit of the moment.




September 2010

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