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Believe In Better
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TITLE (EDIT)
Believe In Better
DESCRIPTION
A philosophical alternative to the current mindset.
[804 words]
AUTHOR
Colin Baker
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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[October 2014]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
clnbkr@tiscali.co.uk
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (117)
25 Years On (Poetry) - [85 words]
2 Am (Poetry) - [115 words]
A Bus Commuter's Sonnet (Poetry) - [107 words]
A Choreographed Breakfast (Poetry) - [68 words]
A Dreamer's Song (Aka Wishful Thinking) (Poetry) - [85 words]
A Fibber's Prayer (Poetry) A short poem about making good some porkies. [291 words] [Humor]
A First Class Service (Poetry) - [15 words]
A Lost Generation ? (Poetry) - [52 words]
A Pious Gent (Poetry) - [11 words]
A Restraining Order For Jesus (Poetry) - [258 words]
A Smoker's Pledge Of Allegiance (Poetry) - [98 words]
A To Z Of Adolescence (Poetry) Ever been a parent ? Of three daughters ? [21 words]
A Visit To The Planetarium (Poetry) - [31 words]
Africans, Westerners And Intelligence. (Essays) A reply to Dr. James D. Watson's recent assertion that Africans are of inferior intelligence when compared to Westerners. [7,297 words]
An Apple A Day (Poetry) Fun poetry. [36 words]
Beneath Her Window (Poetry) - [34 words]
Benefit Cutting For Dummies (Non-Fiction) Benefit cutting is politically and ideologically motivated. [2,411 words]
Bill Gates Should Take A Tip From Karl And Fred (Essays) Bill Gates recently criticised capitalism. Hooray! one might be minded to cry out! But all is not as straight forward as it seems. [872 words] [Drama]
Bill The Bus Driver (Poetry) - [61 words]
Blackvein (Poetry) - [103 words]
Britain's Festival Of The Juggernaut. (Essays) Capitalist Britain and the Hindu tradition of Vishnu's incarnation have much in common. [1,277 words]
By Night When Others Soundly Slept (I'd Pinch Lots Of Stuff) (Poetry) - [114 words]
Christmas Conundrum (Poetry) Christmas can be a confusing time for some children. [197 words]
Coming To Terms (Poetry) Extolling the virtues of the human brain. [177 words]
Contradictory Deliverance (Poetry) - [37 words]
Cost-Effective Indifference (Poetry) - [29 words]
Cough & Drop (Poetry) - [114 words]
Debt (Poetry) Debt, Emily Dickinson style. [178 words]
' Doc ' (Poetry) A very brief reflection of the continued erosion of free health provision in contemporary Britain. [80 words]
Douglas R.I.P. (Poetry) - [270 words]
Ends And Means (Non-Fiction) The world we currently live in is a topsy turvy place. [215 words] [History]
Evening Class For A Grownup (Poetry) - [58 words]
Favour (Poetry) - [21 words]
Fruit And Vegetable Shortages (Non-Fiction) A spurious argument [269 words]
Get On Board, Iraqi Children (Poetry) Allah's train keeps a-comin' for thousands of Iraqi children. [181 words]
Good News Is No News (Short Stories) Good news isn't always what it seems. [470 words] [Literary Fiction]
Growing Up (2006) (Poetry) - [28 words]
Hey John! How Are Things My Friend? (Poetry) - [134 words]
Hit The Sack (Poetry) - [299 words]
If I Die (Poetry) Inspired by a conversation one evening at bedtime between my 6 year old daughter and I. Suddenly, she wanted to explore the concept of dying. [129 words]
Imperialism Dear Boy, Imperialism (Poetry) Limerick on the theme of the current Gulf conflict. [27 words]
In A Seaside Street (Poetry) - [167 words]
In The Top Right-Hand Corner (Poetry) - [21 words]
In The Union Of Myanmar (Poetry) - [38 words]
It's Like Hurricane Ike... (Poetry) - [112 words]
Kidney Stones (Poetry) - [13 words]
Killing At Camp - Justice? (Poetry) - [55 words]
Labour Pains (Poetry) - [93 words]
Last Wednesday: Peterchurch, Herefordshire. (Poetry) - [31 words]
Little Donkey - Revised (Poetry) A poem for christmas [16 words] [Humor]
Lovers Walking In A Lane In Summer (Poetry) - [126 words]
Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (Non-Fiction) - [270 words]
Meop Citsigoloen A (Poetry) - [28 words]
Milton! Art Thou Dying (Again)? (Poetry) Is Milton Friedman's free-market mantra now in tatters? [28 words]
Monday Morning (Poetry) - [59 words]
Moral Instruction (Poetry) - [107 words]
My Child X 3 (Poetry) - [23 words]
Newport - Stow Hill (Poetry) - [4 words]
Norman's Unemployment Policy - Britain, Summer 1981 (Poetry) - [158 words]
Oh Jesus! (Poetry) - [18 words]
Oh La La ! (Poetry) - [118 words]
On The Beach! (Poetry) - [48 words]
Over My Dead Body (Poetry) - [52 words]
Pardon Me But................... (Poetry) - [11 words]
Parliament? - It's History! (Essays) The role of Parliament as an institution here in the UK must now radically change. [1,398 words]
Partnership (Poetry) - [30 words]
Playing Pétanque (Poetry) - [141 words]
Pleasure Island (Poetry) - [114 words]
Poem Of The Cross (Poetry) - [32 words]
Poetry - No Doubt (Poetry) - [8 words]
Potential Human (Poetry) - [33 words]
Pregnancy And Politics (Non-Fiction) An argument against capitalism [1,096 words]
Prophecy (Poetry) - [28 words]
Psalm 17-30 (The Rush-Hour Psalm) (Poetry) - [261 words]
Psalm 23 (New Labour's Psalm) (Poetry) - [108 words]
Psalm 23 (The Mcjob Psalm) (Poetry) McJobs abound in capitalist society.... [122 words]
Rain Heading In From The West (Poetry) A poem written to mark the many innocent deaths brought about by Western political aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. [243 words]
Raining Cats And Dogs (Poetry) Do you believe in metaphors coming true ? [187 words]
Reflections On God's Actions (Poetry) - [62 words]
Remembering (Poetry) - [144 words]
Saturday Night Dilemma (Poetry) Saturday nights out are not what they used to be. [92 words]
Saviour Self (Poetry) - [86 words]
School (Poetry) - [107 words]
Screwball Scramble (Essays) There is a good reason for the phenomenon of frenzied shopping in the Western world. [2,381 words]
September 03, 2007 (Poetry) To mark a particular President's recent visit to Iraq [18 words]
Social Inequality Is Not One-Sided (Non-Fiction) - [1,035 words]
Society, The Family And A Thatcher. (Essays) When UK conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher asserted in 1987 that 'there is no such thing as society', she overlooked all that it is to be human. [5,380 words]
Something For Nothing (Short Stories) The irony of political correctness [90 words]
Sometimes (Poetry) Sometimes, contemporary work roles seem to necessitate wishful thinking in a person. [69 words]
Spitting (At) Images (Poetry) - [28 words]
Take O Take Those Chips Away (Poetry) - [44 words]
Taking Leave (And All That) (Poetry) - [36 words]
The B B C (Poetry) - [12 words]
The Chair (Poetry) - [235 words]
The Chinese Medicine Shop (Poetry) - [43 words]
The Lords (Poetry) - [28 words]
The Poisonous Dart Frog, Politics And History (Essays) - [2,477 words]
The Religious Sum Of The Iraq War (Poetry) - [14 words]
The Retrospective Chicken (Poetry) Introspective journey of a chicken. [255 words]
The Sack Race (Poetry) A short poem, written to mark the occasion of my youngest daughter's recent triumphs in her school sack race. [207 words]
The State (Poetry) - [22 words]
The Sum Of Amon Goeth's Execution (Poetry) - [14 words]
The Valleys (Poetry) - [68 words]
The Western Alpha Bit (Poetry) Topic of Iraq [182 words]
Thoughts On The Evolutionary School Of Life (Poetry) - [177 words]
Thoughts On Youth Crime (Poetry) - [16 words]
Topsy Turvy (Poetry) - [33 words]
Up! (Poetry) - [64 words]
Up-Hill (Till M4 Junction 3, Then Head South) (Poetry) - [138 words]
We'd Sit And Sing Alway (Then Came A Barratt Team) (Poetry) Greenbelt, in certain parts of 21st century Britain, is a dwindling phenomenon. [71 words]
We'll Go No More A-Dogging (Poetry) - [70 words]
What Do We Want? Concrete Fairness! When Do We Want It? Now! (Essays) Live Aid and Live 8 failed because they made metaphysical appeals to fairness and justice. [4,232 words]
While God........... (Poetry) - [15 words]
Why And How We Spoke God Into Existence (Poetry) Have you ever wondered how God came to be? [234 words]
Why Bother At All? (Non-Fiction) Why bother struggling to save a decaying economic system like capitalism? [483 words]
Withdrawn Loners And Sparkling Drops (Non-Fiction) The recent shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut USA is tragic beyond question, yet also revealing in some ways. [856 words] [Crime]
Yesterday (Poetry) (Inspired by one of Brittany's recent tree-climbing experiences, she being our youngest daughter) [177 words]
Believe In Better
Colin Baker


Believe in better! This is the current slogan of SKY satellite television and radio. It implies that nothing stays the same, nothing is forever. In fact across the western world, we are encouraged to believe in better when it comes to just about anything other than the dominant socio-economic form that millions of us daily toil under, namely capitalism. Here we have a social structure that wages war ever-more frequently, that leaves millions of its own citizens unemployed, homeless, in debt, hungry or even starving, facing growing food and fuel bills year-on-year, and yet no meaningful attempt is ever made in any mainstream political debates, to encourage people to believe in a better socio-economic system. Indeed, following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the American-based political theorist Francis Fukuyama, argued that capitalism as an economic model now represents the end of human history. Fukuyama's argument for me, sums up the thinking - the ideology if you like - of most people in the developed world generally, and Britain in particular. For him and others of similar persuasion, this is as good as it gets.


However, such an idea of permanence is deeply flawed, not to mention dangerous. In my opinion, what's required in order to loosen up people's thinking is a more satisfactory philosophical conception of life. Think of it this way - A planet, in its own particular way, expresses the general connection and movement of the solar system as a whole. The general in this sense, exists in and through the particular. Moreover, because the particular can only ever express the general in a limited, one-sided and partial way, we must always relate it to the whole of which it is a part, or else the particular thing in question becomes meaningless. We could never understand anything significant about the earth for example, if we were minded to consider it in splendid isolation from its wider relationships with all other known elements of the solar system.


Similarly then, as a particular socio-economic form, capitalism in its own unique way, expresses the general law of social development, namely the endless contradiction for as long as humans exist, between their evolving productive forces and their corresponding relations of production. This general contradictory law between form and function, which has pertained since our ancestors descended from the trees, finds unique expression today, in the capitalistic contradiction between on the one hand the growing social character of the productive forces, and on the other, the on-going private appropriation of this socially produced wealth. Thus, the general law of social evolution is evident in the particular model of capitalism.


Moreover, precisely because capitalism is a particular historical form of social evolution, it is at one and the same time, limited, one-sided and partial in its expression of the wider social whole. Thus, it needs to be placed in its proper historical context if it is ever to be fully understood in anything like a scientific manner. As a particular social formation, capitalism once played a progressive role in the development of human history especially during the 19th century. However, its limited character is now obvious to anyone wishing to see it. Above all, the contradiction between social production and private appropriation cannot possibly co-exist forever without human existence eventually descending into chaos and all-out war. Thus in a wider historical context, just as the particular model of feudalism began to grow in the womb of advanced slave relations, gradually transforming itself from a subordinate economic form into a dominant economic form, and just as the particular model of capitalism necessarily began its embryonic existence in the womb of advanced feudal relations, eventually supplanting such a social structure, so too after around 300 years of capitalism in one or other qualitative form, socialism is everywhere visible in the decaying capitalist system as the latter necessarily exhibits its own limited character in all its glory. Having performed the historically necessary role of developing the productive forces to the extent that they now exhibit a thoroughly social character, capitalism must in turn stand aside, (or else be made to stand aside) if human beings are to peacefully and collectively continue on their evolutionary journey. In this context, it is now the turn of another, more advanced social particular - socialism - to play its part in human history.


If at some point in the future the material means of production do indeed assume the form of common ownership, then there will no longer be the need for children or even adults to go hungry anymore, for millions to be left without work because it isn't profitable to employ them, for pensioners to freeze to death because they can't afford monopoly-priced fuel bills and so on. For the sake of humanity as a whole then, we must all believe in better!

 

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