Economy and social affairs

The intelligence ticks left

Why are the leftists on the rise again?

It is a strange contradiction:
Bolshevik and communist terror was responsible for around 100 million deaths in the 20th century due to its fanatical ideology. Wherever communist or left-wing socialist ideas prevailed and where they were able to seize government power - mostly by force - the states concerned regularly broke up or ended in oppression and economic chaos: in Russia, in the Eastern Bloc including the GDR, in Cuba, in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in Vietnam, in North Korea, in Cambodia, in Latin America, in Africa, in Afghanistan. Much calamity also arose from the communist international and the communist parties not in power (1).

The crimes of the NSDAP are not included in this list. Because it is often suppressed that the Nationalsocialist German Workers' Party - despite all hostility to communism -, at least until the war, represented the interests of the workers.

Venezuela is the latest example of the failure of a socialist ideology. And South Africa, once the most modern and best developed state in sub-Saharan Africa, is on its way to becoming the socialist poorhouse that neighboring Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) has long since become.

But the socialist ideologues are unwavering, always have new excuses ready and regularly come up with the argument that these, already failed versions of communism or socialism were just not the right ones. The correct form is then recommended by the respective proponents, i.e. leftist propagandists. Whoever should implement this variation in practice can be sure to fail with it as well.

The problem with socialists is that they always run out of other people's money.
Margret Thatcher


Despite all these terrible experiences, the “left” ideologies - e. B. through the "Frankfurt School" - penetrated into television and radio stations, media, political parties, religions, schools, universities, newspaper offices worldwide, and even established, and even in the USA, which is decried as capitalist, leftist belief is on the advance. “Left” or “socialist” is misunderstood as social, which gives it good obfuscation and camouflage.

"You will not strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You will not help those who have to earn a living by ruining those who pay them.
You will not create brotherhood by fomenting class hatred.
You will not help the poor by weeding out the rich.
You will surely get into trouble if you spend more than you earn.
You will not arouse interest in public affairs and enthusiasm if you deprive individuals of their initiative and freedom.
You can never help people in the long term if you do for them what they should and could do for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

(The named author of this very apt analysis is not certain).

A fundamental error
After the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the USSR, turbo-capitalism saw itself as the winner worldwide. Governments loosened legal restrictions on the capital market and allowed themselves a highly questionable financial policy with indebtedness that has now surpassed worst fears about a healthy economy. The social market economy that was once successfully introduced by Ludwig Erhard (1897-1977) under the motto “Prosperity for all” has been forgotten.

In the global market, national regulations can often be circumvented, the influence of ethics commissions, trade unions, philosophers, religions and other competent bodies on economic activity is minimal, and the excesses of capitalist managers rightly outrage many. It is not uncommon for this exploitative manipulation to be made possible by irresponsible legislation[1]. The current left-wing thinkers are taking advantage of this unease.

The devil cannot be cast out with Beelzebub!

The curse of property
The Socialism is a philosophically based, apparently logical, intellectual faulty construction that gave hope to people who suffered from social misery that came about through human exploitation.

Surely you know the old GDR joke:
“In capitalism, people are exploited by people. In socialism it is exactly the opposite. "


The Concept of ownership on the other hand - which today's propagandists like to equate with capitalism - has grown historically, yes, “pre-historically”, out of practical necessity (see below.) It is theoretically and philosophically less secure and therefore questionable for many intellectuals. Buzzwords like “property is theft” are well received and even heard by a pope.[2]

That is why the communist or socialist delusion regularly leads to expropriation: Through excessive taxation, direct state theft, inflation, cuts in social benefits, over-indebtedness, currency reforms, forced labor, etc. If the economy collapses as a result, the state has to "help" again, with the help of its bureaucracy, which has not exactly been conspicuous for its far-sighted, entrepreneurial actions. In socialist states, one usually finds several such poverty- and hardship-generating measures at the same time.

The leap back to the Neolithic, the New Stone Age about 12,000 years ago, with equal distribution of wealth can of course not work in the differentiated society of modern times, even if it seems so beautifully philosophically justified!

Making the "rich" poor does not make the "poor" rich!

The Concept of ownership is at the very beginning of a higher civilization: hunter-gatherers as well as recent gamekeepers hardly knew our concept of property. They lived in a more or less "communist" society, where much is shared, and the personal property of the individual is limited to his clothes, jewelry and weapons. But property all the same. Shelter, a hut or a cave, had to be shared with the group. Berries, fish, fruits, insects, plants, mushrooms, game or roots belong to everyone and no one. This works for primitive societies among like people with very similar needs.

In the "Neolithic Revolution", the transition to agriculture, that had to change:
A Nomad must know his animals, can no longer share everything with everyone. Also, new competitive situations arise in the dispute over pastures and watering places.
For a Farmers ownership of buildings, tools, cultivated fields, seeds, the harvest, etc. is necessary for survival. It is shared with one's own family. This property as "working capital" must be protected and defended if necessary.[3]
Then followed the Division of labor: Farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, healers, shepherds, hunters, priests, shamans, etc. 

This “new” agrarian society inevitably diversified: Their respective property was distributed in increasingly complex ways over the long term. Also, people are not all very similar or the same for a long time - if they ever were. They have different skills (professions), there are unselfish and selfish, successful and unsuccessful, happy and unhappy, healthy and sick. With increasing inequality of people, their needs also diverge and an understanding consideration of the different desires and needs is required. Forced equalization breaks up or destroys a differentiated society. 

In societies that were not very highly developed, the socially disadvantaged were usually picked up by their clan; but the first questions about the now much-cited "justice gap" emerged.

Explanations for this were initially provided by the religions, which more or less succeeded in regulating coexistence through religious commandments and, up until modern times, to calm the majority of people with promises and threats from the hereafter to such an extent that traditional, monarchist, dictatorial forms of rule continue to exist 18th century and beyond to this day.

 Enlightenment philosophy challenged much of this; but their "categorical imperative"[3] could not establish itself as an ethical basis and could not replace the religious teachings that were losing influence.

A new paradigm
The unpleasant development of modern capitalism can probably also be attributed to fiat money [5].
Is it possible, as far as money is concerned, perhaps better with gold backing or with other legally binding restrictions on the currently almost limitless "increase in money" by printing bills?

In no case can our society and our economy without a generally recognized, obligatory Ethics permanent function.

In itself this has long been known! But well-intentioned attempts by the UN to formulate the ethical foundations for a peaceful, humane, democratic, ecological world order with the “Project Global Ethic” (2) or the “Earth Charter” had to fail because of the egoism of the states and their leaders which quite a few seem to relapse to the power politics of the princes of the baroque age.

The “modern man” will hardly allow himself to be dissuaded from his greed, his ruthless exploitation of people and nature by religious commandments, the threat of eternal damnation, philosophical guidelines or appeals from the UN.

So it seems inevitable to enforce the most important requirements through laws. But that can only be a questionable partial solution. Because laws are never perfect, they reflect daily opinion, cannot take future developments into account and can be challenged, interpreted and circumvented.

The right - currently still utopian - way would be for the large majority to come to the conclusion through their own insight that a lasting, harmonious and peaceful society can only emerge in ethically justifiable ways and that each individual must actively contribute to this ethic.

This conviction must be alive deep inside every human being!

Read also:
Under "Economic and Social" the contributions "Work to Survive"; Mission statements put to the test "; "Economic Crisis and World Conspiracy", „The equity gap„.

(1) Courtois Stephane et al. "The Black Book of Communism, Piper, Munich, 1997.
(2) Bridges for the Future, Manifesto for the United Nations, Fischer, Frankfurt, 2001.

[1] Cf.Everything was better in the past", endnote [ii], Deregulation, under "Economic and Social Affairs".
[2] Pope Francis: "Not to share one's goods with the poor is to steal from them. The goods we possess do not belong to us, but to them." (Quoted from Thilo Sarrazin "Wunschdenken", DVA, 2016, p. 430). So says the head of what is probably the richest organization in the world!
[3] In the article "The Violent Man" this development is described in more detail.
[4] Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a common good". (Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804).
[5] Fiat money has no reference to goods (e.g. gold), but is prescribed by the state as legal tender. It is widely accepted and adopted by the state for taxes and duties

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