Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Free Enterprise Is Not A Scam Or A Big Can Of Spam

Words mean things.
Concepts mean things.
Ideas mean things.

People try to spin word meanings, or make others think words mean things that they don't, but the words, concepts and ideas still mean what they mean.

And meanings change over time!  It isn't spin - that's what language does!  When I was a young Boy Scout I liked spam!  It was a great, campfire breakfast food.  Now that I am an old curmudgeon I don't like spam so much.  The meaning has changed.

Now an application, or "app," isn't what I do to apply for something necessarily.  It can also mean that I am searching for something that conveys another something to me electronically.  And now "swiping" something, like my credit card, is an action business demands we do.

But, some definitions that have always been still are.

In my college economics dictionary, which I still have, but don't always refer to, there are definitions that apply today.  For example,

FREE ENTERPRISE - an economic and political doctrine holding that a capitalist economy can regulate itself in a freely competitive market through the relationship of supply and demand with a minimum of governmental intervention and regulation.

SOCIALISM - a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.  (FYI - Marx said that socialism was simply a temporary middle step between the demise of capitalism and the implementation of communism.)

Even in the definitions spin is at play!  Notice free enterprise is "economic and political doctrine," and socialism is "social organization."  

Yes, free enterprise is something that is adhered to or believed, like a religious doctrine, and socialism is a benign attempt to organize a community!

And then come the organizers trying to wrest the free-market aspect from the system and impose what they "feel" should be regulated in a free-market aspect system.  And all the while still saying they advocate and promote the free market!  

So, to sum it up, AND ALL THIS DESPITE PROFOUND HISTORY TO THE OPPOSITE, the organizers want all to know that the free market cannot regulate itself, free enterprise practitioners certainly cannot regulate the "community" ownership "as a whole," and they, (the ubiquitous THEY) are in charge of bringing bigger and better and fairer and more wonderful to us all.  There is never any force here, or ever "the big lie."

Let me paraphrase, from the organizers we hear - if you like your free enterprise you can keep it, everything we have ever wanted will be brought to each one of us more abundantly and more cheaply, and we have to pass humongous laws implementing socialism  so we can find out what's in the laws because, after all, you didn't and can't build that.

Oh, and we must love the former FOUR LEGS  in the barnyard who have appointed themselves the new TWO LEGS  in the barnyard, so they (the ubiquitous THEY) can direct the rest of us incompetent FOUR LEGS  in the barnyard, who are expected to follow, obey, believe, and chant the mantras of the newly self-appointed TWO LEGS  in the barnyard.  THEY are the smartest, ever.

What a diaper load!  What a scam and a big can of spam!

Free enterprise is not a scam or a big can of spam.



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