A post I saw mentioned, in passing, something that's terribly important about negativity.The example given was "Liberal view on the economy are wrong" without ever providing a thought on what is right.
We are on the buildup to election time here in the US, and as it
happens, I do think the Progressive democrat view on the economy is
wrong. I also think the mainstream Republican ideas on economic fixes
I feel this comes from some basic misunderstandings in words, history, and goals.
First- jobs. Jobs has come, in national political terms, to mean
*almost exclusively* employment by a large entity capable of (and often
required to) provide a secure wage, health care, retirement, vacation,
and pay schedule following some metric of "fairness."
I prefer to use other terms. Work, or wealth creation. You have to go
back in history for a bit to figure out what we started with, what we
ended up with, and what's potentially wrong with it.
Originally, job in the sense we are looking for meant a temporary or
set piece of work, or to let out for hire for a specific task.
Our earlier American economic model was based around some central
points- the yeoman (independent) farmer- the journeyman jobber, the
master craftsman. While many people worked for another for their whole
lives, the idea was that one had the ability to build skills, move
employment, create wealth, and have an adequate opportunity to go
We have, yes, always had "cradle to grave" employment with a given
family or individual in some instances. But the Industrial Age idea of
career employment and retirement as a... right, guarantee, ideal- this
has changed some views.
A couple years ago I asked a friend who was having a hard time finding
a "job" if she wanted a job or wanted to make money. It really was a
definite reframing for her, and she's now a rapidly developing sheath
artist. At this point, it's more or less up to her to make an adequate
amount of money through effort, advertising, and service- the market is
This points out a key shift- from "initiative" to "dependence" - and I
use the terms very loosely. These two words have meanings that are
incorrect, but are useful for the moment.
I see the progressive side of the democratic party as attempting to ensure fair *results*- and dependency.
I see the mainstream republican party as trying to fix the economy by
increasing the power and profit potential of large corporations- again,
I have, in the past, gone into the history of corporations in the US
and how and why the idea of a corporation now is so different from the
idea of a corporation in the late 18th century. They are very different.
Second - goals.
The goal, as I see it, is to increase the ability of the *citizens* to
*generate* prosperity. That requires an environment allowing,
protecting, and encouraging independent action, work (which doesn't
necessarily mean corporate employment), to innovate and generate wealth.
The presented goals by both parties are - essentially- involved in
dependency and security. The Progressives have a century-plus old
platform that includes the idea of a set of professional classes to take
care of people, operate politically, and "manage" economics and
While it's never stated, and often resisted- the result of this is
dependency. And it goes strongly against the ... call it the Puritan
Work Ethic that has been essential to our historical development.
The republican "business" side of the aisle - also including the
confused capitalists (more on that later)- insist that the goal is to
create an ever improving environment for unregulated business. The
result, proven historically, of this is "robber baron" capitalism, which
again creates a dependency in the general public while creating a weird
sort of aristocratic dependency among the corporate and political upper
echelons on governmentally generated advantages- such as corporate
personhood and special access rights to natural resources, and "tax
haven" bidding wars among local governments.
In neither case does the goal of *opportunity* for "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" shine.
Oh, hades. The complications surrounding this word are insane. It's
worthy of a separate post. Briefly- capitalism isn't a single thing,
it's a set of definitions, types, scales, and implementations which vary
all along among things such as individual opportunity, economic
efficiency, corporate and aristocratic protection, denial of public
access to resources.....Capitalism itself is often confused with our
social work ethic, esprit, initiative. (tell that to a deep rock
miner!)I'll get into that later.
But there are many people who think that my ability to have an
independent business is somehow tied to protecting the "rights" of
corporations- confused capitalists.
For now, there's more than enough post here to put anyone to sleep, so I will delve into capitalism again later.