I start this meditation wondering about the difference between Marxism and Capitalism.
I see Marxism and Capitalism as being two ends of the same stick of cause and effect. On one end Maxism says conditions are the cause of history and on the other end Capitalism says individuals are the motivators of historical change. Remember, I not trying to explain everything here in one comment, but just give my viewpoint, and no one viewpoint captures the whole mountain.
Marx looked as a society and saw systems, Western capitalism sees society moved by great entrepreneurs. Both views want to solve the puzzle of how to get to social justice. What is the ONE or the Whole?
Marx is Eastern in that it seeks the whole that includes the many. The ONE that is the all.
Capitalism is Western in that it seeks the ONE that the pure one that cannot be divided, like the atom.
Marx is like googling out until you see the whole cosmos as One. Capitalism is like googling in until you come to that small point of one that cannot be divided.
Both see the ONE that cannot be divided in opposite directions. As you can see, we like to zoom out or zoom and both are valid ways of finding out where and who. you are on the Google map.
But both ways leave out a vital person: the one viewing the zoom in or zoom out the map. That viewer is not on the map. That viewer, you, when you visit the map, is like Yahweh that is outside of the map of reality.
So we are all either seeing the Good or “God as the One without a second” through zooming in or zooming out.
If I’m an In Zoomer I reduce everything to the single idea or thing that is the ONE until all that is not the One is excluded.
If I’m and Out Zoomer I seek the One through included all the ones until all the marble are in one circle.
Inclusiveness is Marxism (broadly); exclusiveness is Capitalism (again metaphorically, not literally)
And now we can see the difference between our own Conservatism and Liberalism. Conservatism leans towards the good of the Unique Individual (the entrepreneur who changes history) and Liberalism leans towards the good of the whole society.
Both are valid. ways of creating the good but contradictory. You cannot zoom in and zoom out at the same time. So we pick sides and go to war; one side pushing the UP elevator and the other pushing the Down elevator. The elevator (a metaphor for society) can do neither because when it makes one move up, it must make one move back.
Through our elections, we fight for the elevator button so make the elevator actually move towards the Good. America as been going down for the last 50 years with the Capitalist button being the stronger. And a few individuals have gotten very rich and many have gotten very poor.
So the nation is trying to get the elevator to move in the opposite direction for a while to restore balance and wealth to those who are down. The Left just get control of the elevator because no elevator—despite what Trump says—can not keep going up forever. We cannot all live in the penthouse.
But when the society gets the elevator reversed, it will only be for a while before the Up elevator restores balance. That’s the way history works. Up/Down/Up/Down…like breath.
OK, whether you understand this or not doesn’t matter to me. I like what I saw for myself in writing this. While my writing may not inform others, it informs me. I like the metaphor.
America is an elevator. Are we going up or going down? Can the Up be separated from the Down? Is there such a thing as UP without Down?