- Capitalism and Alternatives -
Posted by: Dr. Cruel on November 19, 1999 at 10:28:50:
In Reply to: Continued; part III (by the way, what happened to part two?) posted by Frenchee on November 15, 1999 at 12:08:57:
Understand something, French. Socialism, like anything else, is a product. It only exists because it is profitable to sell. If you don't like the goods, offer the consumers of socialism a better deal. ( a New Deal?)
You're right. Socialism is, basically, a secularized Christianity. It is the product of a disillusionment with organized religion (a process well under way after the Thirty Year's War) coupled with the Enlightenment, with the concurrent impulse to explain all things in simple, mathematical forms. The Industrial Revolution colors thinking on politics (the idea of Power, in the sense that it is understood in Mechanical Engineering, is an example). Merge all these themes (rationalized secular Christianity, progress and Industrialization, avarice directed toward the nouveau riche) and out pops Marxism on the other end.
Fabianism made a great deal more sense, but died to disinterest. Nazism, on the other hand, is still around. Remember: a philosophy that proves profitable will survive, regardless of the sensibility or morality of it. Communist theory promotes steling from rich businessmen; such a lucrative proposition will not stay unanswered eternally, although it might change form (Wicca, for example).