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Benjamin Drury - May 15, 2023

The Opposite of Capitalism is not Socialism

The opposite of capitalism is not socialism or communism it’s community and relationship.

Capitalism = transactional.  If I have enough money I can get what I want, even if I’m an ar$ehole.  It doesn’t matter how unpleasant I am as a human, if I have the bank balance, I get what I want. That’s how capitalism works because it is purely transactional.  We have taken the relational element out of commerce. 

Where is in communities, if I’m an ar$ehole, people won’t trade with me.  If I’m unpleasant people will avoid me and it won’t matter how much money I have, I can’t get anything I want unless I choose to build relationships.  

We have essentially taken the relational element out of commerce, which means that we measure everything’s value in terms of monetary return.   And do you know what makes money?  Conflict, sickness, finite resources.  Do you know what doesn’t make money?  Health, peace, energy sources like the sun. 

The opposite of capitalism is nor socialism, it’s relationship. 

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