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That’s what Gwyneth does over in a comment on Capitalism 2.0. But what both actually miss: yes, capitalistic economies are indeed pyramid schemes. That’s how capitalism works – by ripping off the masses to get property for only a few. It’s rather sad that economic classes don’t seem to teach that any more – it’s something Marx documented quite nicely in his books which were part of economic classes at some times as far as I can tell. Even if you don’t believe his conclusions of his work, it’s still a good idea to read his stuff to know about the inherent problems of capitalism. Because even if you despise the idea of communism (or – like me – think that any ideology that builds on the idea of ppl being educated enough to act non-egoistical is plain and simple doomed due to the inherent stupid nature of mankind) – the problems in capitalism won’t go away magically. There is no Captalism-Fairy with some sprinkling money-dust.
There is a good reason why many countries in europe switched to a limited capitalistic economy quite some time ago – that’s nothing to do with thinking Socialism is a good way, but everything to do with preventing actual Socialism from getting any ground. I allways crack up laughing when I see some .us blogger talk about the socialistic European Union – it’s completely silly, since the EU is allmost entirely capitalism-driven. Yes, they took up some rather dumb ideas from socialistic governments – like the planned agriculture with actual multi-year-planning (which is just doomed to fail, since our future prediciting abilities are just not there). I never said I don’t crack up laughing at the dumbasses in Brussels, too. But fact is, the EU is driven by neo-liberal ideas for years and business-lobby-driven as much as the american government.
And there are a lot of reasons why the current destruction of social structures and benefits in Europe produce so much problems in those countries. There is a big rich/poor gap that gets bigger every year and that will produce social problems over time far beyond what we now allready have, if no counter measures are taken. Pyramid schemes can only carry you so far, after all, before the angry crowd gets to you …
So – Second Life economy is a pyramid scheme? So what – the whole world (discounting some faked communism and some die-hard dictatorships who just plain don’t count in the over-all world economy. And yes, I don’t think China even counts as faked communism any more) is like that, too.