I spoke last week about doing a little explaining on socialism, tribalism and capitalism …
Many people get upset when debates arise over these subjects but I find that in almost every case it is because they are misinformed or programmed or both. The fact is that there are some points that can be taken from all in order to create a better system. I want to address the main negatives first.
Socialism – In the strictest definition “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole”.
On the whole when done by local communities this isn’t a bad thing – when it becomes a state run situation there is potential for misuse, misappropriation and corruption as with any other national system.
Capitalism – defined “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.”
The problem with unbridled capitalism as we have in the United States is that these corporations are able to lobby in Washington and convince or bribe Congress to pass laws that help them earn even higher profits while not protecting the working class in the least. The reason we have skyrocketing health care and insurance costs for example is due to the pharmaceutical and medical industry charging astronomically high prices. The reason the U.S. stays at war is because the Arms manufacturers make huge profits for doing so. The reason we incarcerate more of our citizens that any other country despite calling ourselves the land of the free is because we have a for profit prison system.
Capitalism has always failed and it is built to fail when safeguards that protect the common people, environment and animals are not put into place. Humans have a tendency to be greedy and hungry for power and capitalism feeds this need. For a healthy economy to exist the wealth must be distributed more equally, when it isn’t we see conditions like we have now with nearly half of Americans in poverty. If you want to stimulate the economy you have to make sure there is expendable income for those that spend and do so in large numbers.
The top 400 richest Americans control more wealth than over 150 million lower and middle class Americans. This is a recipe for disaster and that disaster is being seen.
Tribalism – The dictionary definition – “Tribalism is the state of being organized in, or an advocate for, a tribe or tribes. In terms of conformity, tribalism may also refer in popular cultural terms to a way of thinking or behaving”.
For ME, tribalism means living with groups of like minded people that have each other AND the collective best interest at heart. In short WE look out for each other as well as all things. The Native Way of Life is this – You protect Mother Earth because she gives US what We need to survive – We protect the animals because they also help protect Earth and manage its resources. They also provide for Us when We need and WE do not misuse this sacred relationship.
Tribalism is a little like socialism when practiced in the way I Am speaking of but it is the ONLY way to long term sustainability. We lived here for thousands of years in peace and harmony with the Earth and its creatures and in return had all we needed. We could drink from virtually any creek or stream, could catch and eat fish without fear of toxins and had the freshest air imaginable.
We cannot afford to sacrifice the environment nor other creatures for our own selfish comforts. IF We do not turn away from the cycle of destruction We have been in for well over 100 years We will not be able to exist on this planet and nor will We deserve to.
I urge you to read the post I wrote awhile back that tells how the U.S. got to this point ….