The circle

“Capitalism is against the things that we say we believe in – democracy, freedom of choice, fairness. It’s not about any of those things now. It’s about protecting the wealthy and legalizing greed”

Michael Moore

If you gathered your neighbours into a circle, to figure out how to survive as a community, it’s likely you’d base your system on mutual aid and mutual support. You’d agree tasks and work collaboratively. If somebody failed in one area others in the community would pitch in or compensate in some way. Basically things would work because the system is based on kindness, trust and love.

This is how it has worked since prehistory. It is how small bands of humans have come together to tame the wilderness to survive and later to thrive.

Now throw money into the circle.

Immediately you would see a shift in behaviour from collaboration to competition. People would do things to each other that would not be acceptable in the first system, but in the second circle they would justify lying or dishonesty because there is money at stake. In the first circle aggressive, competitive, dishonest or greed type behaviours would see you cast out of the community. In a system based on trust and mutual aid the community could not afford to condone such activity. Firstly there is no need and second it puts everyone’s survival at risk. Because banishment from the community would be a harsh punishment and a survival risk its unlikely it was a common experience.

However in the moneyed circle the goal is to do whatever is necessary to own all the riches. This enables one to control all others in the circle in order to maintain ones position of privilege. The ultimate outcome would be to retreat from the commoners in the circle to self imposed isolation in a secure castle to protect the riches. In time one would become so disconnected and dislocated from the lives of the other members of the circle that it would be hard to find any source of commonality. Perhaps one would grow to despise the others in the circle. Seeing them as little more than cattle and them accordingly.

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