Topic by Windswept dreams AKA Noor El-Terk.
Disclaimer: I'm not a socialist. Not a communist. And definitely not a capitalist. I'm a part of the society, part of capitalism, yes, but never was pro. A mere human being, can't I be?
A few days ago I tweeted that what I got from the concept of Socialism was that it's the opposite of Capitalism (don't worry, I'm the one who got it wrong).
Out of nowhere, I got this reply:
Then I came across this: "Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: 'No man should have so much.' The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: 'All men should have as much.' "–Phelps Adams
So, I asked the person to explain more, I got this:
And finally, a nice definition of Capitalism:
I've been roaming all week long between websites about Capitalism, Communism and Socialism. To be honest, I'm all against any political or economical system, but unfortunately I have to know about anything, even bullshit systems.
So here we go:
- Capitalism: is generally defined as the economic system where the means of production are privately owned, operated for profit from investment, and in competitive markets.
- Communism: is a social, political and economic movement that aims at the establishment of a classless and stateless communist society structured upon common ownership of the means of production.
- Socialism: is an economic system in which the means of production are commonly owned and controlled cooperatively; or a political philosophy advocating such a system.
We all know that Capitalist systems are the enslavement systems, which is why it's the dominating system globally.
Socialism, however, according to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: believed the consciousness of those who earn a wage or salary (the "working class" in the broadest Marxist sense) would be molded by their "conditions" of "wage-slavery", leading to a tendency to seek their freedom or "emancipation" by throwing off the capitalist ownership of society. Conditions determine consciousness and ending the role of the capitalist class leads eventually to a classless society in which the state would wither away.
Now I'm more confused than ever. I'll just go read the other perspectives!