Can Socialism Replace Capitalism When the Latter Fails? by Christopher Alan Driscoll and Thomas Baldwin

Election Boycott Advocate

Election Boycott Advocates

December 22, 2014

The Election Boycott Advocates have begun to discuss alternative economic systems. An increasing number of authors have suggested that the United States  Capitalism along with Imperialism are on a self-destructive path. Corporate Fascism has permeated all aspects of our government from that in Washington to that in various state offices.  Corporate fascism is defined as when the corporations and the state merge to determine our laws and who really participates in our government.  Democracy becomes only an illusion.  The Election Boycott Advocates was formed to promote boycotting federal elections to emphasize the illegitimacy of our electoral process.  The election turnout in the latest midterm election was about 36% or less, the lowest in several decades. Huge sums of money from big banks and multinational corporations determine the outcomes of all federal elections and then these moneyed entities proceed to write the laws that most benefit themselves.  Nearly 94% of incumbents are reelected and nearly all of those also spend the most money in their campaign for reelection. It is estimated that as much as 6 billions dollars was spent this year, a record for any election.

This illusion that we participate in a democracy is the Big Lie that the two party duopoly and corporate media tell us each election.   This has been going on for many years, but it has become critical. Joel Hirshhorn in Dandelion Salad has recently written an excellent article describing this reality.  And two professors, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page at Northwestern Univ. , have recently shown conclusively with an exhaustive study that the average person in the U.S. has NO influence on public policy. The people are totally brainwashed by a corrupt corporate media that spends billions propagating that lie on behalf of their political cronies. Corporate “news” is nothing but corporate propaganda and that includes much of what passes for news about our foreign interventions. We seldom get the truth that our invasions are all about acquiring resources (particularly oil), and/or changing regimes of those who don’t cooperate with us. In this excellent short review of the detailed paper by Gilens and Page, Eric Zuesse describes how “The U.S. is an Oligarchy and Not a Democracy.”

In this brief blog, a two hour discussion on Carson’s Corner featuring Christopher Alan Driscoll along withEvil and Corrupt Duopoly two of his colleagues, Bob Carson and Thomas Baldwin is presented. Christopher also has listed several references on Marxism and Socialism which he has found useful in his long studies on this subject.  At the end we present some details on the definitions of Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Social Democracies and Democratic Socialism.

Carson’s Corner blog talk radio show FEATURING CHRIS DRISCOLL ON SOCIALISM

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/carsonscorner/2014/12/01/the-election-boycott-advocates-on-carsons-corner

The Election Boycott Advocates on Carson’s Corner.  (www.blogtalkradio.com) 

SUGGESTED REFERENCES BY Christopher Alan Driscoll

A Companion to Marx’s Capital

http://www.amazon.com/Companion-Marxs-Capital-David-Harvey/dp/1844673596/ref=la_B001I9U0JI_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418998588&sr=1-5

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

http://www.amazon.com/Seventeen-Contradictions-Capitalism-David-Harvey-ebook/dp/B00IIO5VTK/ref=la_B001I9U0JI_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418998588&sr=1-1

“What I am seeking here is a better understanding of the contradictions of capital, not of capitalism. I want to know how the economic engine of capitalism works the way it does, and why it might stutter and stall and sometimes appear to be on the verge of collapse. I also want to show why t…

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

http://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism-ebook/dp/B009CGZIPU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418999045&sr=1-1&keywords=Richard+D.+Wolff&pebp=1418999054140

“Ideas of economic democracy are very much in the air, as they should be, with increasing urgency in the midst of today’s serious crises. Richard Wolff’s constructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations for much more authentic democracy and sustainable and…

And if you’re looking for lighter reading:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

http://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Malcolm-Told-Alex-Haley/dp/0345350685/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418999204&sr=1-1&keywords=malcolm+x

ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY   With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decad…

Lenin’s Last Works

http://www.amazon.com/Lenins-last-struggle-Moshe-Lewin/dp/B0006BV65G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418999306&sr=1-1&keywords=lenin%27s+last+struggle&pebp=1418999320891http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/subject/last/

http://www.marxists.org

The last articles written by Vladimir Lenin.  Lenin’s last works are the most important essays he ever wrote. Just five short articles, they contain the lessons of a lifetime.

Check out his free videos too if you haven’t already:

Website of David Harvey, Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY

http://davidharvey.org/   Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey

 

MORE DETAILS ON DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SYSTEMS ARE GIVEN BELOW:

 

Capitalism
 

“Capitalism and socialism are somewhat opposing schools of thought in economics. The central arguments in the socialism/capitalism debate are about economic equality and the role of government: socialists believe economic inequality is bad for society and the government is responsible for reducing it via programs that benefit the poor. e.g. free public education, free or subsidized healthcare, social security for the elderly, higher taxes on the rich. On the other hand, capitalists believe that government does not use economic resources as efficiently as private enterprise and therefore society is better off with the free market determining economic winners and losers. (Note added:  Decades of extreme or unfettered Capitalism has led the United States to create the largest income/wealth inequities since those before the Great Depression in 1928 and the largest of any modern country in the world.)” Read more…

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Capitalism_vs_Socialism

 

Communism
 

“In a way, communism is an extreme form of socialism. Many countries have dominant socialist political parties but very few are truly communist. In fact, most countries – including staunch capitalist bastions like the U.S. and U.K. – have government programs that borrow from socialist principles. “Socialism” is sometimes used interchangeably with “communism” but the two philosophies have some stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems.”  Read more…

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Communism_vs_Socialism

 

 

Socialism

Democratic Socialism

“Democratic socialism is a political philosophy and social movement that rejects centralized, elitist or authoritarian means of transitioning from capitalism to socialism. Democratic socialism advocates for the immediate creation of decentralised economic systems.”

Social Democracy

“Originally a political movement advocating socialism, in the post-Second World War period social democratic parties abandoned the goal of developing a post-capitalist, socialist economic system.

The economic system remains capitalist: enterprises are mainly privately-owned, operate for a profit and the market is the main arbitrator of economic affairs. However, it is tempered with varying degrees of social welfare and regulations.”  Read more….  http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democratic_Socialism_vs_Social_Democracy
Communism
Fascism

“In many ways, communist and fascist movements had opposing ideologies but both ended up being repressive political systems based on the control of a single leader. While communism is based around a theory of economic equality, fascism is based around the glory of the state and strength displayed through violence and conquest. Both communism and fascism originated in Europe and gained popularity in the early to mid 20th century.”  Read more…

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Communism_vs_Fascism

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