The Flow of the River

Posted on October 15, 2011 by



The topic I’d like to discuss is Capitalism.

Capitalism is much like a river, it is a flexible economic system that can bend and flow, provided you have the linchpin of perfect competition. In a more practical term, you would need dams and levees to prevent the river from flooding a valley of the bottom 99% which are now occupying Wall Street, or if you want, they’re marching on the Feudal Lord’s castle.

Please do not assume to think that I would prefer a Communist rule. Communism would try to make the river flow in the opposite direction which simply is not feasible for a variety of reasons.

Eugene V. Debs, a Socialist, once described that we as poor people were called upon to do the bidding of the Wall Street Masters. They who had nothing to lose and all to gain while we had nothing to gain and all to lose, especially our lives. How very true, perhaps Mister Debs today would be one of the ones occupying Wall Street now. The 99% percent are those struggling to keep their heads above water now, struggling to live in the valley when the river is allowed to flow with absolute freedom.

Pure Capitalism does not work nor does Pure Socialism or Pure Communism. Why? Because they are limited by the limited view of human nature. We as humans are greedy and seek to have as few limitations as possible when it comes to getting what we want. The rich have gotten their way with the deregulations under Presidents Reagan, Bush41, Clinton, and Bush43. Now…people are tired, jobless, and about to lose their homes. They want economic justice.

The Right Wingers call it a dangerous movement because in essence it threatens their power. The Tea Party once started off as being angered at the coddling of bankers rather than holding their feet to the fire. Of course, the Corporatists came in and said “No…you’re not angry at this…you’re angry at ObamaCare.” Hence you’ve got a Tea Party now that has earned the scorn of a great many people, some even from radical hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Think about that quote when you observe the Occupy Wall Street Movement being criticized, and then think about these quotes by FDR as well.

“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the Flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the Flag and the Constitution stand for. Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.”


“They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me‹and I welcome their hatred.”

I think tough times are ahead, but I feel that someone somewhere will pay attention to the 99%.

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