Knee Jerk Politics

There is much debate around the country regarding the concepts of Capitalism, and Socialism. You would think that most people who live in a country founded on the principles of Capitalism and who profess to love the freedoms that such a system provides would place a certain amount of importance on learning what the hell it is that they mean when they apply the term.  You would also think that a citizenry who collectively denounces Socialism would be able to distinguish its relation to oversight, and deregulation without predisposed misconceptions.

You would think.

For Capitalist Free Enterprise to exist, it is reliant upon competition in its various marketplaces. Competition is fundamental to Capitalism. Circumvention of this counteraction through governmental influence, political lobbies and campaign contributions is the opposite of what Capitalism is in the first place. When virtual monopolies and uncontrollable corporate conglomerates have been allowed to be created at he expense of the citizenry, it undermines Capitalism, the financial structure of the country, and the nation overall.

Somehow we have managed to confuse Capitalism with corporate Fascism, and thus we have allowed our sensibilities to acquiesce to ignorance and excuse corruption, collusion, and ruthless profiteering at the expense of the populace. The amount of wealth that our top one percent has accumulated cannot occur in a truly Capitalist society. By its very nature it could only be acquired through a circumvention of Capitalism, and a deconstruction of our Constitution. It amounts to nothing less than Treason against our nation born of greed, and allowed through the collusion of government officials, and the financial institutions they are reliant upon for contributions.

For Capitalism to thrive in the United States it needs a “Social” conscience and to re educate itself where it concerns our conceptualizations. Which is NOT to say that we should embrace the Socialist leanings of this administration, but rather to know the difference between the two, and employ reason where it applies. Not to allow ourselves to be coerced into reactionary, violent political leanings when the level headedness that our predecessors applied proved a more successful governmental model.

Whether or not we have come to form our opinions through either Liberal or Conservative pontiffs, we need to have a grasp on the agendizing nature of their messages. Only with educated opinions can we share our thoughts with one another constructively, and formulate valid suppositions. We need to understand the basics before we can have the audacity to hope, or to give it up.


About Rich Woods

Rich Woods is the author of the critically acclaimed books, UnLearn Vanilla Marriage, and Yahweh to Hell. He is also a columnist, sociologist, and satirist who has performed seminars around the country. He's also made several TV and radio appearances. Transitioning from a blue-collar background has given Mr. Woods a unique perspective --and an even more unique elocution--among his peers. Raised Catholic, Mr. Woods is now a very public atheist who champions the separation of church and state. He's an advocate for non-traditional relationships, including --but not limited to-- negotiating non-monogamy, as well as being a vocal opponent of political correctness. Throughout his career, Woods has had colorful metaphors hurled in his direction from both liberals, and conservatives. To be honest, most of the vitriol comes from the Tea Party. However, he considers one of his greatest accomplishments having been called "Harry Reid's Lapdog" , and referred to as being "just like Rush Limbaugh" from two different sources within minutes of one another. Originally from Queens, New York, and presently residing in central New Jersey, Rich Woods is madly, and hopelessly in love with his wife Jane since before they were wed in 2002, and is the proud father of two successful, brilliantly creative, young adult children. Try as he might, he can't juggle.

Posted on August 15, 2009, in Archived Posts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great job wish you the best with the blog

  2. Always a great read, I also enjoy your writing and comments over at

  3. Interesting reading

  4. RichW is always worth a read

  5. Very good 1st blog write up

  6. All I got is….. GO USA and Good Luck Rich

  7. “Competition is fundamental to Capitalism”

    Well put sir, well put. This country is in great danger of colapse.

  8. You are right that the greedy and self-serving behavior of the Government is what will lead us to disaster. To add to your thought, in my opinion in today’s society we unfortunately harp on the fact that everyone is a winner. Making everyone a winner is what drains my paycheck every working week and what will ultimately diminish the money the Government takes from me which I am supposed to enjoy when I retire. I have a better chance of survival playing the lottery every week.

    Good luck wit the blog.

  9. Jamie was here. 🙂

  10. That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.

    A must read post!

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