I gave a talk on the two Darwins. The first Darwin is the most popular, the survival of the fittest. But the second Darwin, his second theory was that evolution of life itself is through empathy, through a relationship with the whole. So in the foreground, we have competition (capitalism) but in the background, there is empathy or the interconnectedness of the whole. These two drives are incompatible to the mind that invests in competition and survival of the individual organism.
But every individual organism is part of a whole, and if it is not in a relationship with the whole, the individual becomes cancer.
Jerry rightly sees the validity of Capitalism as necessary for competition and free enterprise, the freedom of the individual, but if there is not a primary investment in the social or the whole that supports the individual, the drive of the individual will destroy the health of the whole.
People say Jesus was a socialist. That means in this context the Jesus is the awareness of the whole is a primary knowing and awareness of the need for individual excellence and power is secondary knowing.
The Tao also says that we should lead with the Female and follow with the male. This means that we should lead with the whole (the whole is female) and then act as the individual. The Tao is a balance between female and male, the whole and the individual. This is the Dharma which is alignment with Life itself, the two theories of Darwin, not just the first.
Socialism/capitalism metaphorically speaking is a fight between male and female viewpoints and energy. The Patriarchal mythos is giving way, not to a Matriarchal mythos but a sharing of the throne between king and queen. Each has his/her own strengths, and each should be employed when conditions dictate it, a dynamic power relationship that has cosmic dimensions.
Lets get personal. Those moments when you feel “in the zone”, where all your lights are green and the world is helping you, where you feel you can do no wrong, that is when you are in alignment with the Mother, with the invisible whole. But the moment you think, WOW, how great I am, you fall out of alignment. The moment you try to possess Her, you fall back into the hell of isolation and exile. Your covenant with God as the whole is broken.
But in the Christian Judaic tradition God is the Father, not the Mother, and this gets our mythology screwed up. The Mother gets put in the basement of the. unconscious where she rises as a witch or Hillary.
The immature male is an adolescent who is rebelling against the mother, to be free from the womb so he can be a unique individual. This is a necessary passage, however, it is not the end of the passage, but the bridge. The male must return to the mother, to the whole of society to make the flowers bloom. The unicorn in the Garden. The symbols of this cosmic dance are everywhere if you read them. Socialism is the garden, Capitalism is the unicorn. It is capitalism that makes socialism (society) bloom.
But if you are held captive by the logic of the male, the logic of the individual that sees all choice as either this or that, either capitalism or socialism, that logic cuts us off from the Garden. That is the logic of the Apple.
The male/female energies or drives work out in many ways. In physics, it is centripetal/centrifugal forces. One goes outward, the other goes inward. Socialism is centripetal, driving outward to include the whole, inclusive intention, the intention of the mother to include all her children. Capitalism is centripetal or moving towards the One or the center. Both forces are in balance in the univers or else everything would fly away or shrink like Alice to a disappearing dot.
The tension between the male/female is dynamic, and when contained, it is creative energy. A marriage is like a battery that contains the polarity of male/female energies to produce children or new worlds. The tension between the contained polarity when contained in metaphor generates creative energy.
Myth and metaphor contain the polarity for creative, useful energy, insight, Idea, invention, and the birth of a new world, new systems, and societies.
America is such a metaphor, the metaphor of freedom, a system that contains the opposite forces of male and female, capitalism and socialism. to produce a creative society that is always striving to stay in alignment with the whole of life, or, again, the Mother Goddess.
So you see, we are larger than we think. Our current politics is mythic, cosmic and existential. Do we abort America or are we going to be born again?