In the last article HERE I talked about how capitalism and property rights were a step towards freedom. The previous system of Feudalism had ruled pretty much all agricultural societies from the beginning.

Under Feudalism the man with the gun (the local baron, lord, king or whoever) owned all the land and rented it out to serfs. Under Capitalism, ordinary people were allowed to own their own property.

Not only that, but the man with the gun (the ruler) would now protect the property rights of the ordinary citizen. This wasn’t an easy feat to pull off.

Not surprisingly, only one country managed it initially, and not without a considerable amount of bloodshed.

In the earlier days of capitalism, there was still an imbalance, with most of the land and resources owned by the “landed” gentry who were the heirs to the feudal overlords.

However, as time went by, fortunes and large estates were gradually squandered and resources began to flow from those who were successful under the feudal system (men with guns), to those who were successful under the capitalist system.

As we saw in part 1, the people who do well in a capitalist society are people who do two things well. The first way to succeed in a capitalist society is to be good at producing things that people want or need.

Under a capitalist system, people can trade cabbages for apples.

The other thing you need to do, is to consume less than you produce. This gives you a surplus which you can invest in more land to grow even more cabbages.

Since thrift and productivity are so strongly rewarded in a capitalist society, surpluses of useful goods, such as cabbages are a common feature.

The poor and working classes saw a huge increase in incomes under Capitalism. Viewed from today’s perspective, they may have looked poor and desperate, yet their situation was improving rapidly. Income inequality was also plummeting though of course, it was not, and never will be, completely equal.

The heirs of the feudal lords now found themselves sharing the top spots with (and in many cases being overtaken by) those who were smart, inventive and hard working.

Inventing ways to produce more of what people wanted was a way to pull oneself (as well as everyone else) out of poverty.

This unleashed the creative genius of the society and laid the foundations of the industrial revolution which enriched people beyond their wildest dreams.

By the mid Nineteenth century, people in the Anglosphere in particular were seeing their incomes and lifestyles improve rapidly.

Into this situation came a couple of spoilt, workshy Germans by the names of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Marx was fascinated by economics and studied the subject night and day. It is hard to know whether he was entirely stupid, or deeply evil but I remain highly suspicious of Marx’s intentions.

Marx claimed (without any evidence) that capitalism would collapse because the rich would just get richer and the poor would get poorer until the system became untenable and people would be forced to change things.

Marx’s crackpot theories depended on several deeply flawed assumptions. These were, in no particular order:

•That wealthy capitalists were a separate breed of people who were intrinsically evil. He insisted that they were entirely unlike the working classes who were all filled with virtue.

•That there were a fixed amount of cabbages in the world.

•That the capitalists would each buy up more and more land and grow more and more cabbages. They would use their excess cabbages to buy up ever larger tracts of land.

•That capitalists would never trade any of their land or cabbages with the workers who would be forced to labour under slave conditions.

•That capitalists would either live for ever, or that their children would be exactly like them and would carry on cornering the market for land and cabbages until everyone else was left destitute and cabbageless.

In Marx’s world, everything was always black and white. Oppressor and oppressed, rich and poor, good and bad, worker and boss, proletariat and bourgeoise.

The two sides were always hostile and in opposition to each other and the only resolution was conflict and revolution.

Marx wanted the working classes to rise up against the wealthy capitalists, smash the entire system and implement his system of communism instead.

Under Communism, all land and property would be stolen by the man with the gun (the Government) who would then direct production and distribute the cabbages according to each person’s needs.

For the working classes in England, who were busy acquiring small chunks of property and belongings for themselves, this deal stank. It was a regression to the old, hated system of Feudalism where the man with the gun held all the property.

In fact, the system of Communism was far worse. Feudalism was a system where the man with the gun owned the property. However, it also entailed a form of profit sharing where the serfs farmed the land and split the proceeds with the Lord of the Manor.

This meant that the serfs had an incentive to grow more, because they would be better off, and the landowner had an incentive not to take too much because if the serfs starved, or buggered off, he would be left with no one to grow his cabbages.

Under the Communist system, the man with the gun not only owned all the land, he would also direct all production. He would decide what type of cabbages to grow, where to grow them, when to plant and when to harvest.

The man with the gun would also decide who would do the planting and weeding, who would do the raking and hoeing, who would lead the horse and who would fix the tools and sew the cabbage sacks.

“But I wanted to be a real estate agent.”

The whole thing would be micro managed by the man with the gun. Unfortunately, people who are good at killing people and seizing power, don’t know poo about growing cabbages.

One of the starkest examples of this was the transition in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe from capitalism to a form of communism. The successful white landowners were either attacked and driven off their land or murdered.

The men with the guns took over and immediately sold off anything which wasn’t bolted down and then sat around and drank the proceeds. When they ran out of grog, they moved on to the next property.

Even with the best of intentions, the chances that these “war veterans” could have successfully run a farming business were Buckley’s to none. It never has worked, and it never will.

The white Rhodesian farmers working under a capitalist system were good farmers. Those who weren’t good farmers went bankrupt and their farms were bought up by those more capable.

Under a communist system, the land doesn’t go to people who are capable of growing bulk cabbages, it goes to people who are capable of killing anyone who opposes them.

Marx thought that producing things was easy. It isn’t. It takes hard work, skill and dedication. When you put violent killers in charge of production it collapses, and people starve.

That isn’t because they are not implementing Communism correctly. It is because they are implementing it correctly.

Even if the people who violently overthrow the previous regime with violence and murder turned out to be kindly and beneficent (which never happens), the results would still be the same.

Mass starvation followed by brutal repression is baked in the cake of Communism. It happens every time and yet for some reason, some people still think that next time will be different……..

To be continued.

Part 3 can be found HERE

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stonegravel
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stonegravel

As you are of British descent when are you going to admit that the biggest supporter of communism ever was not a Labour prime minister but Conservative Winston Churchill. http://www.heretical.com/miscellx/churchil.html In May 1941 Hitler offered to withdraw all German troops from France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Greece and Yugoslavia in return for peace with Britain. He wanted to concentrate on fighting Stalin. The entire British Empire including Australia could have withdrawn from the war and watched from the sidelines as the two dictators fought it out. But no Churchill had to be a repulsive hypocrite and support Stalin while claiming… Read more »

.Fattyboomba
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.Fattyboomba

New Post Up !!

dante
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dante

You remembered hottie. Yes fruit trees are doing fine. We are getting fruit from them now. Got to keep the water up to them.. Going to be 40 here tomorrow.

buraq2
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buraq2

Decriminalisation?

buraq2
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buraq2

Prohibition = No free market = black markets = crime, murder, bribes and lower quality products.

pelican
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pelican

sailor..probably a fair comment in relation to some…but my point about the complete absence of ANY intellectual integrity in ANY Christian circles of ANY sort, really defies belief – you gotta wonder just how evil these people really are…

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

& fruit trees .

dante
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dante

I got some gardening done but there is lots more to do. It keeps my wife and I busy as we have a large garden… 80 rose bushes, plenty of lawns nod vegetables to boot. Cheers.

dante
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dante

KoH, I beg your pardon. I should not have assumed because posters gave me that impression.

Pablo
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Pablo

DT….If you know my opinion on what I see is right for Australia and it’s future direction…..Islam is Cancer number one…Labour and the greens are close behind when it comes to placement on the Trapdoors below the Noose…….Cancers to ALL our Diggers died to protect for us and future Australians…Filth, one and all…….

NathanA
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NathanA

Carrrrreful, BKH. You will awaken the lying, drunken, posturing ‘never was a’ trooper 5.
Still, he probably is so exhausted, from telling his stories of bravery, and how he bought all of the fake medals that he wears, at Hervey Bay RSL Club, that 10 schooners has floored him.
Low life scum.

@screwedtenancy
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@screwedtenancy

Pablo…there is no room for U in Labor.

Pablo
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Pablo

DT….Australia is fast becoming a small Nation….After 4 Years of Labour we will be lucky if the world see us as anything but a Bankrupt Small business…..

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

Aust 1: Heh bludger get a ribbon and we might listen to you. Then again you are a foul mouthed dickhead so we should just scroll over you.

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

Is it worth it???

This applies to Australian sacrifices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUZHTE1jMXg

bangkav
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bangkav

So…?

pelican
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pelican

yep…..and remember the Sex King of England Paul Raymond..who was touted by the jew UK media as the richest man in the Land…not the Rothschilds, but poor little Quinny from Liverpool – on the back of cheap sex…talk about a Ziop…

pelican
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pelican

and yet there isnt a Christian in the World, and certainly not the Vatican, and not even a lefty academic who is game to point out this obvious Truth..now that is beyond odd…the Vatican has implored its Catholic followers for decades to pray to the Virgin Mary 9the mother of Jesus the jew) to save us all from Communism..oddly enough the jews and the Talmud didnt get a mention, by any Pope, Priest, Archbishop Cardinal or Catholic Academic , for the last 50 years…now that is beyond improbable..

Observer-GC
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Observer-GC

Recorded in verbal history. We all know from the game as kids how a simple message in the circle is very different to the message at the end.

Pablo
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Pablo

And with Labour and the Greens with the cheque book and an new packet of pens, it ain’t going to get any better, regardless….

TonyH
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TonyH

Turnbulls ambition was to be PM, of any party! Just so he could have his picture in the wall! His legacy turning a united party that romped in with a massive majority in 2013,( many believe they won in 2010, except for the treasonous behaviour of Oakshit and Windsock) into a one seat majority that became a rabble! The little shits still throwing their toys out of the cot have short memories indeed and double standards. Good riddance to Turd and his treacherous acolytes, they should turn their attention to Photios and co.

saznak
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saznak

Dutton all the way he has lived as a commoner when he was a mere copper.More aware of reality on the ground.But the will of the people wont happen as voters dont decide who we or what we vote for.

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

Welcome to my world since 2008.

saznak
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saznak

No way Costello he is one of these soft cock Victorian liberals that just love seeing how smart they are watching Melbourne house prices go to infinity.

johnsamson
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johnsamson

Tiger: ‘The Liberals … are stuck in the past…”

And then: ‘Shakespeare’s worth is not measured by the size of his ‘fan club’ it is measured by his longevity.’

Shakespeare is the past by centuries! Selectively grabbing from the past for convenience, miss progressive?

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

This guy tried to fight back and look what happened – both he and his girlfriend get mobbed and savagely beaten. Don’t try to be a hero. Get away from violent mobs as quickly as possible!

https://twitter.com/UppityWilliamP/status/1087556269332807681

buraq2
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buraq2

Early Coca Cola?

buraq2
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buraq2

“Queen Victoria’s coterie ordered opium from the royal apothecary. She is also believed to have taken cocaine gum with a young Winston Churchill.”

bangkav
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bangkav

Correct…

EsraStar
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EsraStar

All of the above.

buraq2
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buraq2

“Beer’s been a part of our diet for thousands of years buraq.”….. What about opium and cocaine?

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