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Old Jan 19th 2017, 10:32 PM
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Karl Marx described the social impact of the movement of capital, and how the prospect of bounty can strangely lure mankind towards mindless labor.

Marx, considered to be the 'father of Communism,' stands directly opposite to the 'capitalism-guru' Adam Smith, whose own political-philosophy work focused on the demand for competitive economic creativity between nations.

Both Marx and Smith explore the social ramifications of economics, so we can use a comparative study of their unique approaches to political theory to frame ideas regarding labor, utopianism, and taxation.

The recent economics-psychology Hollywood (USA) films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Michael Douglas) and Money Monster (George Clooney) symbolize a timeless human interest in the general impact of wealth-distribution.

We can therefore arguably take cues from 'pop culture' to frame ideas for a dynamic pedestrian conversation about the complicated flow of assets or capital.

Isn't that a primary issue for our modern age of profit-driven networking (e.g., European Union, NATO, eTrade, etc.)?


RICHIE RICH: I like Citizens Bank.
KINGPIN: I prefer Swiss banks.
RICHIE RICH: You can't be 'spiritually stingy.'
KINGPIN: You shouldn't gamble with optimism.
RICHIE RICH: Good commerce is created by open trade.
KINGPIN: The competitive urge makes everyone a wolf.
RICHIE RICH: You can't lose with Citizens Bank.
KINGPIN: There's a difference between venture capitalism and speculation.
RICHIE RICH: America was built on events such as the Gold Rush.
KINGPIN: America was also scarred by civics fiascos such as Prohibition.


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Old Feb 24th 2017, 05:45 AM
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Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations touched upon very important ideas regarding the philosophical 'tracking' of the flow of assets and the analysis of the dynamics of such flow in a way that Karl Marx did not in Das Capital (regarding the 'natural' if not 'complete' preference for competitive systems in economics).

If you're playing a game (a board game, for example), you know the intention/objective is to win the game. If you lose the game, you will not be rewarded (in any way) for your 'mental motivation/inspiration' to play.

This winner-loser dichotomy dictates the 'psychological-overlook' of capitalist systems and greatly dictates humanity's perspective on the 'sanity' of competitive bargaining or even 'cut-throat economics.'

If there is a definitive winner in a game (and this game can symbolize macro-capitalism systems/dominions such as the European Union), then what is the philosophical 'consequence' of having foreknowledge of the existence of a loser?

We know the arguments regarding economic inequality and the flaws of competitive economics that create Third World countries, and certainly such arguments will always be vital to geo-political negotiations, but how do we evaluate win-loss 'ethics' in terms of consent-based market contests (e.g., Apple vs. Microsoft)? To designate a loser before a game even starts (as happens in every 'capitalism game'), we're implicitly creating a 'devastation Golem.'

There must be a anthropological reason why there are so many modern-day films about wealth/fortune storytelling such as Brewster's Millions, Richie Rich, and The Wolf of Wall Street. It was during the modern era, after all, that humanity created profit-gauged networks/treaties (e.g., NATO, European Union, etc.) and competition-based 'institutions' (i.e., Wall Street).

Could there therefore be a 'desolation money monster'? The mental curiosity about such a 'being' is explored symbolically somewhat in Thomas Hobbes' politics-philosophy treatise about the will to constantly reorganize goal-oriented and contract-based organizations (or governance itself) titled Leviathan. The word 'leviathan' is a spiritual term and refers to a giant sea-beast signifying pure chaos and unwelcomed uncertainty.

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