Thursday, February 17, 2005

Communism: A Transition to Capitalism (instead of the reverse), and What Lies Beyond

Since early 20th century Russia was so backward, capitalism would not have worked. There was no capital there, and the capital that was there would have packed up and moved out to more profitable areas. Communism allowed for the creation of modern industry in Russia, and mobilized a feudal economy into an industrial economy.

Communism collapses/fades out when there is enough capital in the country to provide enough material goods to create a capitalist economy. Russia's system died because Russia finally had the means to produce enough goods to make enough profit to engage in full blown trade with the West.

In essence though, Capitalism has had its benefits and draw backs. Communism allowed for rapid catch up to industrial standards, but where does this lead to? Obviously, the modern system will not last forever. All systems are the foundation for the next system. The problem of Capitalism is that, although allowing freedom, restrains the freedom of the populace through social heirarchy. Because of the need to forage for one's self, the ability for one to dedicate one's self to his or her art/work/etc is limited. It becomes more difficult because one has to focus on stuff like food and taxes, things that deter from complete and total mobilization of one's mind towards human advancement.

Capitalism is leading to this: a system where the individual is able to persue whatever they wish without frivilous worry. Needless things, like balancing one's own finances, will become archaic practices. C++ will be steel behind the new system, computers will manage everything and, through individuals setting their mind into one task, computers will turn into the backbone of our society. The perfection of this system is the concentration of all people towards the progress; philosophical and scientific.

There are problems with this system. For one, it needs a rewards system. Most people do not see a reward in sheer thinking, they want to gain from it. Under this same concept, other individuals cannot see if someone is truly producing anything without some sort of raiting system. At the same time, there may be nothing useful in the world to do for humans except thinking tasks, such as producing art, music, and ideas. Nanomachines will handle everything automatically.

Time will tell, and as I and other think about how we ought to think, the new system will be unveiled. Capitalism cannot exist in a nanoworld, the backbone of capitalism, limited supply creating a demand, will no longer exist. Ideas will be the backbone of the market of the future. Can you handle that? N008.


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