This is an open letter to Graham Langdon of Entrecard:
Look, Graham, what I'm saying here is that until such time when theoretical, futuristic technology where humans become able to construct from much more basic building blocks of matter comes into existence, humans aren't able to make silk purses out of sow's ears.
There is what is called the mixed economy of socialism and capitalism. However, in the final analysis, its inherent flaw and contradictions present an insane basis upon which to build human society.
What is termed "market socialism" afterall is also rightly termed "state capitalism." Even if the world were to be divided into just two market-socialist blocks, the competition between them, the holding out for recompense, would still present the fatal flaw of hypocrisy, fatal to the task of utilizing the best system conceivable and definitely doable.
What is happening at Entrecard on the microcosmic level is the same thing that is happening on the global macrocosmic level. There are people who want as much socialism in Entrecard as they can squeeze out.
Graham, you sought a way to accommodate that, to find a balance, a perfect blending. However, you haven't been able to satisfy, nor will you. That's the point. The system doesn't work. You should be getting an education out of all this experience that informs you that hardening won't help and neither will softening while forever remaining in that system (Hell on Earth). The system itself, that of capitalism, is the sow's ear.
On the Christian level, in terms Jesus discussed, which people may read for themselves, capitalism is the old wineskin that cannot hold the new wine that is Jesus's spirit of God. One cannot love others as Jesus loved his closest disciples while employing capitalism as that in which one places his or her faith and trust. Jesus makes clear that to try is futile, a logical fallacy.
Now, Graham, you could change Entrecard over to equal-membership-ownership and complete profit sharing, even non-profit, per se. That's moving closer to what I have in mind, but it's still not going to get one all the way there.
I'm not saying that the-softer-hearted-the-better isn't right. That though is only relative and will miss the absolute mark. I'm saying that the ultimate goal must be perfection. Getting from here to there is the task. Aiming lower will never work.
The softer-the-better while never intending to shift out from the root that is capitalism is an error in reasoning, spirit, and existence (beingness). The softer-the-better while intending to shift, and actually shifting, out from the root that is capitalism to consensus communism (not coercive) and where communism is understood as Jesus teaches and not as Marx distorted, is the correct path.
I hope this help shed light. It takes mental and emotional work to arrive at this point.
Lastly,should definitely not be listed in by Entrecard. It should be listed in a separate category call non-religious, non-spiritual or words to that effect: Atheism. That blog is not religious or spiritual. It is the exact opposite. I was planning that as my first forum-statement but was cutoff by Satan, so I've stated it here to be heard.
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