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Media, Monopoly and Marxism.

I had a discussion on Facebook today, with someone who disagreed with socialism, yet supported clearly socialist ideas and policies, as I find so often. A reply by someone to the original Facebook post stated fascism and socialism were wrong, as well as all monopolies (as monopolies were assumed to be fascist in nature).

Below is my reply to posts regarding media near-monopolies, specifically how many newspapers, radio and TV stations were owned by just three corporations. I make no attempt to justify the actions or views of any media company in this blog post, but I did defend monopolies in general–in theory, as power can be corrupting (corrupting the Marxist and capitalist alike).

My concern is about the attitudes of those that we all rely upon to balance corporatism–the people. While most want to name an enemy within the people to attack, for reasons I will allude to in the post, I am more concerned with the change than I am with who is in power, as I see most oligarchies similarly.

My greatest criticism of people is how polarized between “us” and “them” we are, and how constructed, artificial and ego motivated those divisions are.

From FaceBook:

Fascism is certainly wrong we agree. (Where my reasoning differs is) I think “monopoly capitalism” is a socialist idea that is full of ‘social justice’ (need based theft).

To illustrate the small but distinct difference between the concepts of fascism and “monopoly capitalism”, I propose an example for comparison:

One person is rich and actively and purposely attempts to weaken or inhibit others–acts negatively to increase wealth, power or market share. (Regardless of the size of the business entity)

The other rich person (or not) works positively to create a great responsible product that meets the customers needs so well that all the scum-bag competitors go out of business–resulting in a monopoly.

The first is clearly more a threat to society and human rights, yet the second has the monopoly. The first is motivated by greed and fear, while the second motivated by love and joy. The first causes destruction and needless suffering. The second is an example for all business leaders.

The concept represented by the term “monopoly capitalism” is a construct of socialism that sees state ownership as righteous, and personal ownership as inherently unjust, regardless of the individuals’ actions that are judged.

The real, but often subconscious, purpose of socialist academia is to bias the language and debate to vilify and dehumanize the victims of socialism, so that the masses can more easily strip their wealth or power by force.

The fact that the individual victims’ wealth and the perceived “needs” of “the people” (the socialist oligarchs) are paramount in socialism, shows the true motive is not justice at all–but theft. Justice is in relation to actions being beneficial or not. Justice is not what I have that you need. That’s the same thinking of a fascist! The poor have it and the fascists want it, is the same as the rich have it and the socialists want it. What difference is it if I join fascists to steal from the poor, for my perceived “needs”, than if I join the poor to steal from the rich? Marxism is the flip side of the same ego coin as Corporatism. They are the problems–not the solutions.

Against All Things: Marxism and Evangelicalism

Like most, I dream Utopian visions of a world without hunger and poverty, war or violence, hatred or anger. But it is only a dream, as it is an inherently flawed statement, because it is “anti”. Consider: you can not live in the building you destroy, but only take refuge in the ruble. To live in a superior building–or a superior way–you must build.

So many contemporary ideologically based movements fail by losing focus of what they want and concentrate instead on removing their opposition by focusing on what they don’t want. Many socialists are against corporations, tax breaks for the rich, and any individual or institution that challenges their power. Many Evangelical Christians are against gays, abortions, state-welfare, and any individual that challenges their power.

It is not the application of laws that will bring about the world that we all crave–though have not seen. Our collective values determine the course and position of every society, every institution, and every individual. It is not the application of law, since our laws come from those guided by values.

You can make laws about sharing. You can make laws about marriage. You can make many laws that attempt to build something great by destroying something lesser.

A marxist society fails in that it attempts to regulate every action to be fair, equal, similar, and just. Who makes these laws?

An Evangelical theocracy fails in that it attempts to regulate sin and make people go to heaven–to utopia. But who enforces these laws?

As long as people have built their lives around greed, hatred, and all things divisive and selfish, people will only cower in the ruble of these values. No priests or politicians with these values will ever build anything by pointing the finger at those that break their laws. Laws fill prisons–not heaven. Destruction feeds ego–not people.

I can see utopia. It is a world built on the values within us.