Our level of indoctrination prevents us from seeing obvious similarities right under our noses. The reality is that most Food stamp scammers share much in common with most of the unfettered capitalists.
I want to lay down some context before I get started. I believe in, free enterprise and a robust safety net, a system unable to hoard capital which is a detriment to the economy as a whole. Everyone with their intellect and labor should have the ability to create their companies or work for others and get compensated commensurate with their efforts. Many who read some of my anti-corporate/anti-capitalist well-researched rants falsely believe that I am some blowhard who wants some socialist state where the takers abuse the makers. That is not so. First of all, it is not at all difficult to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the Food stamp scammers who share much in common with most of the unfettered capitalists who are the takers by design. They benefit from the labor and intellect they collect for and don't pay back equitably.
I have (in the process of "had" since I am devoting my life now to be a small part of those working for societal change) a successful company that developed software and some computer hardware from my intellect and labor. NASA, Boeing, JPL, Texaco, Chevron, among thousands of other engineers and developers use my software and hardware. I had pricing power in the food chain and I explain the dangers of that within capitalism recently. I voluntarily chose to give up the company, downsize my lifestyle, and reduce my expenses to make something even more worthwhile, being a part of the movement attempting to 'right' this country. I have a daughter who I love to death, and all the young ones out there. Many of us have been thinking so much about 'self' that we have mortgaged their future. And it is our economic system and those brainwashed by it who are responsible, me as well at one time.
Too many are resistant to change because they believe that our economic system is divine. It is not. It is "man-made," and it has all the features in it to ensure only the chosen can succeed. The Plutocrats via the tenets of the Powell Manifesto brainwashed many into believing that those who work the least, as long as they wear a suit and are in an "acceptable" economic space, are worthy of their income, wealth, and riches. That indoctrination has caused us to disparage the evergrowing discards of a failing system blaming them unfairly for the failures of our economic model.
Recently I wrote the piece "Is the Democratic Party Democratic Socialist? No, though it should be." where I pointed out the following.
I have said for some time that Progressives need to work within the Democratic Party from the precinct chair level all the way up. While it is not yet a labeled Democratic Socialist Party, by definition the wants of most Democrats and the majority of Americans follow its tenets. It is the maligning of the word that institute fears and it is the responsibility of brave Progressives to lean into what most Americans want.
The double-edged sword that Progressives are fearful of is to give the needed robust critique of the corrosive nature of Capitalism. Just for amusement, I looked up a definition of Socialism, Communism, and Capitalism. Of course, it tried to make Communism and Socialism similar. They are not. But what grabbed my eyes was the following from Investopedia.
"Both are the opposite of capitalism, where limitations don’t exist and reward comes to those who go beyond the minimum. In capitalist societies, owners are allowed to keep the excess production they earn. And competition occurs naturally, which fosters advancement. Capitalism tends to create a sharp divide between the wealthiest citizens and the poorest, however, with the wealthiest owning the majority of the nation's resources."
How difficult is it to turn "owners are allowed to keep the excess production they earn." into the phrases "stealing from" or the "pilfer of the worker" especially since it is enriching from the intellect and labor of others who then live in financial stress? This is not rocket science. It is the same pathology that keeps many majorities at the behest of immoral minorities.
Here is a sad reality. Food stamp scammers share much in common with most of the unfettered capitalists. Let's examine that statement. They both make money off of the labor and intellect of others. They both work out schemes in which they benefit financially on the backs of others. They both produce nothing to move society forward.
I know many will take exception. After all, didn't Bill Gates and Steve Jobs' intellect create mega computers that revolutionized efficiency and productivity? Again, that is what you were taught to believe. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were chosen. And then their monopolies froze most out.
Does anyone believe that only a few dozen Americans have the intellect and insight to do what they did? Just like thousands of churches have singers as good or better than Mariah Carey but not chosen, the same applies to technology. When selected, the system is designed to keep others out. Sadly, in that regards the Food stamp scammers share much in common with most of the unfettered capitalists is even more damaging than the food stamp con artist.
The Internet was starting to make our system more democratic and egalitarian. As the regime realized that, all kinds of controls have started changing said, democratic model. Selective content search downgrades and arbitrary removals are beginning to modify behavior undemocratically.
I made the purposeful inflammatory assertion that Food stamp scammers share much in common with most of the unfettered capitalists for a reason. It is legal to scam workers based on our economic model. It is illegal to rip off the taxpayer by illegally getting and trading food stamps. Both should be wrong as they are based on the same basal instinct, getting something from the efforts of others.