Capitalism, as a term, has as many definitions as people who want to use
it justify their business practices. In general, capitalism has been elevated
as the golden goal of humanity. Afterall, its 20th Century antithesis, communism,
has been relegated to the dustbins of history.
But capitalism does not lack its distractors. Nor should one assume that
the failure of its biggest distractor automatically makes self-proclaimed
capitalists a bunch of innocent water-walkers. A rapist killing his competitor
does not change the plight of the victim.The biggest problem with capitalism
is the diversity in definitions and qualifications, e.g., global capitalism,
state capitalism, and market capitalism.
Does this writer really have an actual bias against capitalism? No.
Capitalism is good. Child care is good. Perverted child care is not
good. Perverted capitalism is not good.
In reading the following train of thought, asked yourself what kind of world
do you want? Do you want a world that is safer and saner with more time and
money for self, family and community? If so, do you want a definition
that fosters a wild-west, rule-of-the-jungle economy
in which the only criterion is who makes the most money the fastest
regardless of whether money comes from solving or causing problems, from
creating or stealing?
The ideological battle for the soul of capitalism is your future and
your children's future. A brainbee has been created for this
battle in the keynote
A number of simple assumptions, conclusions and goals can readily define
what is and isn't capitalism.
Is it better to hold a word to a singular meaning or allow semantic slippage
to produce numerous definitions that are mutually contradictory, e.g.,
Inflation: An Inflated
Word. The latter allows and encourages dishonest conversation, to wit,
words don't lie but liars use words.
Capitalism is used to describe different uses of stocks and bonds. Clearly,
the use to capitalize production and increase employment is different than
buying up a company and dismembering it to cause unemployment.
If a word is to have a narrow definition, should it based on its origin or
non-origin? The former maintains more semantic honesty than the latter which
is simply semantic slippage.
The origin of Capitalism is Latin, capita, which means "from or of the
If the word is found to have evolved antithetical meanings, shouldn't new
terms be coined to capture and maintain the evolved difference?
Capital originated to describe the trading of symbols of ownership by
bartenders. (Because they broached or broke the kegs for drinking, they were
known as brokers.) The first instances of capitalism was the creation or
capitalizing of new production or enterprises through joint ownership symbolized
by stocks, bonds, currency or titles. Is this the same as using these symbols
to buy a company, sell off its access and cause unemployment? No. Shouldn't
we have a term for this? What and Why? What is a good antithetical word for
How can Timism be used to determine
if a word has mutually exclusion meanings?
A farmer or doctor creates or saves time while a robber or murderer waste
time. Likewise, the word capitalism is used to describe activities that
increase the quantity and quality of human time by capitalizing productivity
gains for all the people who are involved, and, oppositely,
decrease the quantity and quality of human for some of the participants
while benefitting the others. (robbers/murderers).
What kind of capitalistic world do you want to live in? The former or the
What would be a good term to juxtapose against capitalism based on the loss
This word conveys the flavor of the ultimate loss of tiime, that is, life,
especially if one is decapitated. And, is not unemployment from the decapitation
of employment, i.e., taking heads away.
Capitalism, as a term, should be restricted to human transactions which increase
the time of all heads (capita). Timistically, capitalism exist when the activity
increases the quality and quantity of time. Decapitalism is the opposite:
it decreases time for one or all of the participants. War represents the
As a corrolary to restricting the use of profit to its Latin, and
timistic roots: pro esse, that is, forward existence or time. If one
is to avoid semantic dishonesty, usually for financial greed, one is restricted
to using the word "profit" only when all the participants in a transaction
gain time, that is, go forward. Capitalism and profits go hand in hand? What
goes hand in hand with decapitalism? The next point reveals the partner.
As often asked, "If I give you a gun, does it make you a murderer or protector?"
Depends. Depends on what you do with it? A capitalist uses a gun or stocks
to protect and help people. A decapitalist harms and hurts people by robbing
them of the time, either directly or indirectly. A gun-toting decapitalist
takes time if he bodily kills or harms you. A briefcase-toting, laptop-toting,
lawyer-toting, politician-toting and/or economist-toting decapitalist robs
you of your time if he steals your time through the symbols of capital: stocks,
bonds, currrency or land. This decapitalistic theft also occurs if the market
mechanics force people from fear to abandon productive, capitalistic activities
(parenting, teaching, medicine, military and eldercare) to gamble on
stock prices as a vocation or advocation. Decapitalism's partner? Time losses.
Decapitalism: Theft by any name. Regardless of whether it is legal or not,
whether done with a gun or a pol, decapitalism robs others of their time.
Wall Street: An inflationary bubble. The real inflationary bubble of Wall
Street is the havoc wreaked on Main Street America. The decapitalistic lure
of quick riches robs many occupation of quality time: parenting, teaching,
military and medicine. The financial bonanza for a few relative to the many
fuels the existential
meltdown. Each dollar gained on Wall Street represents many dollars lost
in homes, schools, hospitals and security. Of course, we are busy, but what
are busy at? Are we creating the real substance of existence (lifehours)
or merely multiplying the symbols of time?
Meaning for Wall Street of on-line democracy and capitalism: At a certain
point, enough Americans will realize the primary decapitalistic nature of
Wall Street as presently configured. This awareness will come sooner as a
result of 24-hour trading. If the captains of Wall Street want to delay the
end of decapitalism, they should be shortening rather than lengthening the
hours. The irritating wound of decapitalism upon our economic and social
body will be widely understood when it is allowed to become gangrenous.
When 1,000,000, maybe sooner, people have signed up as supporters of on-line
democracy and capitalism, a simple timistic solution will be offered on how
to make Wall Street 100% capitalistic in a short time while re-invigorating
basic industries with an massive influx of former financial geniuses.
If you are a decapitalist robbing tons of money through legal but illogical
and immoral financial transactions, don't worry, your intelligence will make
you more time and money in a purely capitalistic world.
What do you call a currency that co-exists with pure capitalism, that is,
business transactions that increase the quality and quantity of human time?
In summary, capitalism exists when a transaction creates or saves time.
Decapitalism robs humanity of time.
If you have questions or comments, you can democratize them at
On-Line Forum as well as
review others' input.
If you are a current supporter of Democratic Capitalism and agree with the
following, please submit for your lifehour tax credits.
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