Capitalism is a social system based on individual rights

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Politically, it is the system of laissez-faire (freedom)

The only earthly societies ever approaching that ideal have been "primitive" societies. Communism (at least the Soviet and Chinese versions of it) tried living by the ideals of one and two, but did not live by rule number three. The Declaration of Independence expressed law one (except for calling Native Americans savages), but the Constitution did not originally approach that ideal, with slaves, natives and women specifically excluded from the "we are all one" ideal. Nearly all American laws are coercive, which also ignores rule three. Capitalism, on the other hand, sort of honors rule three. Nobody has to do anything, but if they want food in their belly and a roof over their head, they need to labor for the capitalists who own everything, and who . Capitalism is diametrically opposed to rule two, . Capitalism does not even pretend to honor rule one. Nationalism is also opposed to rule one. It is us versus them in nationalism, each nation believing they are a great people, and that "great people" self-image is then used to justify warring against their neighbors, egotistically elevating themselves in their eyes at the expense of others. Nationalism often exploits the masses for elite benefit. Racism and most religions also ignore rule one. People are OK only if they belong to the right religion or race. Most Christian sects ignore rule three, with the more literalist sects requiring that people accept Jesus as their personal savior in order to be "saved." As Walsch's god observed, America is a primitive society, and one mark of a primitive society is how it regards regression as progress. Nationalism, capitalism, and organized religion are , and the masses have readily acquiesced to those methods.

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First of all, most land for example was originally acquired by theft

2007: the atmosphere warms up; the forests crash down; the poor of the world go on getting poorer; water resources in more than 30 countries are running dry; fish stocks decline; an additional 73 million people join the human race; 800 million go hungry while a billion get fat. Just an average year in the life of planet Earth. And still we wait for today’s political “leaders” to begin to get their act together.

The word capitalism is now quite commonly used to describe the social system in which we now live

In that debate, no more was heard of Denmark, Sweden, or Norway. The audience was left in the dark. Later, in a at Georgetown University, Sanders tried to clarify his identity as a Democratic socialist. He said he’s not the kind of Socialist (with a capital S) who favors state ownership of anything like the means of production. The Norwegian government, on the other hand, the means of producing lots of public assets and is the major stockholder in many a vital private enterprise.

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That neocolonial process has been happening for more than a century, with being a pertinent early example. was muscle for Wall Street, although he did not figure it out until after he retired. The Taft Administration's Dollar Diplomacy, following on the heels of Teddy Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy, showed how the mercantile system complemented the purely military one. The current IMF programs are merely more sophisticated methods of slavery, which defraud people out of their land and lives. Once in awhile, something would leak from those institutions that . In reality, the USA is the world’s stingiest industrialized nation, as even Jimmy Carter has openly admitted.

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Other aspects of the neocolonial banking racket are the "free market" and international exchange rates. The "free market" is a situation where the rich and powerful are "free" to exploit the weak. The industrialized world’s big banks, led by the USA, manipulate exchange rates to where Third World currencies are nearly worthless, so that the peasants have the game rigged against them even more. They have to work harder to pay more to Western banks, because their currencies are artificially deflated against the industrialized nations’ currencies. That is the "free market" at work. The SAP austerity programs kick in, and the nations are forced to abandon "frills" such as minimum nutritional standards, primary medicine and education for their populations. The World Bank has even been behind privatizing public water supplies, which is a practice that recently led to a cholera outbreak in South Africa), of course in the poor black towns. The water supplies of New Jersey were even being privatized as I first wrote this in the summer of 2002.

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It is a new form of slavery, but done through the banking system. The neocolonial New World Order has enslaved billions of people, and the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle were part of an effort to end the practice (I marched in the “Jubilee 2000” procession the night before, which is about forgiving the Third World Debt - I missed the tear gas the next day, to my relief). International treaties such as NAFTA and GATT are designed to break down all international barriers to the power of capital. They are designed to make the world into one big plantation.