Capitalists as Socialists: Masquerade at Socialist Party – USA

Posted on October 26, 2011 by


Stewart Alexander & Alejandro Mendoza

Why would Socialist Party – USA nominate a couple of Capitalists masquerading as Socialists? To understand the candidates’ true pedigree, the casual observer must thoroughly understand the difference between Capitalism and Socialism.

Capitalist philosophy views employees as commodities. These human resources should be purchased at the lowest price the market can bear. Consequently, profits belong to the corporate owners, and the human commodities have no right or claim to any profit. This capitalist philosophy is expressed as At-Will employment.

The socialist philosophy is expressed as Just Cause employment. Just Cause recognizes employee property interests in their careers. Socialism views employees as business partners. A business could not operate at any substantial level without employees. The employees contribute to the business growth. The employees contribute their time and efforts to make the business function.

Socialism advocates that the employees’ investment of time and labor is just as important, if not more, than the dollars invested by the wealthy elite. In fact, under socialist philosophy, the money from a wealthy investor is illegitimate because that money was not properly dispersed among other employees where that wealth was produced. The profits, therefore, must be equitably distributed amongst all investors, monetary investor and labor investors.

Socialism advocates that the business owner can keep all of the profits that his own efforts would produce. So, what is the incentive to hire employees if the profits must be equitably divided? Answer: Synergy. The combined efforts of all who work in a company produce more than if each worker worked independently.

In addition to synergy, there is also the Economies of Scale – the reduction in production costs. Not only do a group of workers working together out produce the same number of workers working independently, the purchasing of supplies in bulk, and the sharing of space reduces costs. The synergy and economies of scale that the employee efforts produce creates more profits with less effort and for less cost than if each worker worked alone. Because workers keep company with each other, businesses are often called – a Company (from America’s socialist past).

In the capitalist economy, the business owner keeps the profits produced by synergy and economies of scale. In fact, when there are surpluses in human commodities (high unemployment), the business owner can drive down employee wages by causing workers to underbid each other in order to have an income.

Now, we know Stewart Alexander was once a used car salesman. And, Alejandro Mendoza owns a lawn care service. So, lets imagine how these two candidates might acquire the time and resources to travel the country in pursuit of their political aspirations.

As business owners, they can have their employees do all of the work. If they are capitalists forcing their employees to work under At-will conditions, they pay their employees only what the market requires. They skim the excess profits away from the employees, and pocket those profits without actually sharing in the work that produced the profits. Thus, they have a steady string of revenue to fund their campaign. Stewart Alexander and Alejandro Mendoza would be capitalists exploiting the workers.

The Socialist Agenda, along with the Socialist Central Committee, Ltd., challenges these alleged socialist politicians to come clean. Democrats and Republicans both must disclose their sources of income. Stewart Alexander and Alejandro Mendoza should do likewise.

Then, socialists across the country should scrutinize their business practices. Are these socialist candidates living according to the socialist principles that they profess; or are they actually capitalists in socialist attire?

Based only on the limited known facts as we have them, the Socialist Agenda can predict that these socialist candidates are, in fact, capitalists. They underpay their employees so they can pocket the excess. If the candidates were true socialists, their employees, as business partners, would have an equitable portion of excess profits. How much is the excess profit that each employee should have? Answer: The same amount of excess cash that these candidates have to spend on their own campaigns.

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