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When I think about our economic system I think of it as like an equation; you put in variables and out pops a result. This is different from thinking of our economic system in terms of ideals. Too often the debate boils down to a two-sided "if not this then that" debate.

Too often talk about economic matters descends into a pro-capitalism or an anti-capitalism debate. Our system hardly represents the ideal capitalist system as envisaged long ago. Like it or not we have a system where the government plays a very active role. My beef is with the way that we pretend it doesn't, then we reward one class of people while punishing the other. In many ways I think capitalism has something worthwhile to offer. Its just that in matters of necessities; food, shelter, health care and transportation, we accept a high level of anguish for the sake of sticking to an ideal.

Its about choice.

Without money I can't eat, I can't have a place to live, and I can't get health care if I get sick.

Without money I can't buy games for my XBox, I can't get new cd's to listen to, and I can't get high speed internet access.

Do you see the difference? I need some things, I want others. Both depend on having an income. I can live without XBox games, I cannot live without food.

To get money I have to go ask for a job. I have to make myself useful for the purpose of making money for another person or company. Working is an act of survival. I tend to think that we should still incentivize people to seek work, but not by holding the threat of death over their heads. Defenders will argue that only by threatening people with homelessness or humiliation can we get people to work.

I disagree. I think we can have a humane society where we offer people the chance to gain more material comfort by working without threatening their lives to get them to take jobs that we know will mean nothing more that survival. Posted by Picasa


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