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The Beautiful Truth About Capitalism

What the Left, Socialists, and Unions Hide

Capitalism is beautiful. I love preaching the truth to my Freedom Flames out there because you all deserve to learn more than a biased status-quo our government-monopolized public schools have taught us.

 
To make a long story short, and if you’re one of my many international readers, here in America, they don’t teach us to enjoy capitalism as many of you might be led to believe. Instead, they teach us that capitalists were responsible for massive child labor, long work weeks, poor working conditions, and to top it all off, bare minimum wage.

 
If that’s the case, capitalists would have a tough time finding people to run their companies and an even tougher time finding consumers to buy their products due to labor shortages.

 
See, capitalism isn’t about exploiting the worker, as Karl Marx made popular in the nineteenth century and his ways have been tried and have failed multiple times in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, like the Soviet Union and Venezuela among other nations.

 
Instead, capitalism is, as Murray Rothbard puts it, “A network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others though prices voluntarily arrived at.”

 

A Lesson in E-Books

For instance, I write books in my fledgling book business and I use My Freedom Flame to show others to write, persevere as they pursue to make a living in their passion, while talking about themes and ideas mentioned in my books, which is what I spend a majority of my time on.

 
My e-book for Northern Knights, Book One in the Lord of Columbia Series, is set at $2.99, my paperback at $12.99. Say, for instance, if my chosen genre, urban fantasy in the case of Lord of Columbia, sold e-books at $4.99 instead of $2.99. Would a consumer purchase my e-book?

 
Probably not, because they’d ask themselves why the price is lower. Is the value lower? Is it a cheap version of an e-book? Could I get a better quality book with better formatting and editing at $4.99?

 
Although my book is high quality with superior formatting and editing complete with a professionally designed cover, such consumers may be led to believe it lacks quality.
So, I raise my price to $4.99 and I see an uptick in sales.

 
Now, let’s look at the other end of the spectrum. Suppose the average price in the genre is $1.99. If I’m at $2.99, especially as a new author with few reviews, will I sell many books?

 
Of course not. They’ll say, why is he pricing his e-books so high?

 
See, and I, the capitalist, the bourgeoisie in this case, would be forced by the e-book market to lower my price if I wanted to see sales.

 

 

E-Book and Book Publishing Business

Say my business took off to the point I made seven figures a few years from now.

 
That’s the goal, right?

 
Well, spreading a liberty-first message is the goal, but seven figures would be great.
I started my own publishing businesses we’ll call Freedom Press. So, I’m going to need editors, cover designers, copywriters, proofreaders, copyeditors, and in time I might even employ a marketing team.

 
Let’s say Freedom Press follows the hybrid publishing model, where an author pays to get published only after we accept his or her work. Once accepted and the author pays for our services, we distribute the books to stores and they make an eighty-percent royalty off their book, the online store a consumer bought from gets ten-percent, while we get the remaining ten.

 
So, again in this example, I’m the capitalist, or as Marx says, the bourgeoisie.

 
Do you really think I’m going to hire cheap labor?

 
Look at how much competition there is among publishing companies. Heck, you have your traditional publishers, hybrid publishers, vanity publishers, and all the indies. That’s a lot of competition, and it’s what makes the free market great. It’s what makes capitalism great. In fact, it’s the beautiful truth about capitalism.

 
Take a quote from Ludwig von Mises, “Capitalism is essentially a system of mass production for the satisfaction of the needs of the masses. It pours a horn of plenty upon the common man. It has raised the average standard of living to a height never dreamed of in earlier ages. It has made accessible to millions of people enjoyments which a few generations ago (before the 20th century) were only within the reach of a small elite.”

 
In other words, people will always need books. And these days, as capitalistic investment led to job creation in technological markets, production for authors and publishers has tripled. One can now publish in e-book or audiobook format. They can turn their books into workbooks, in both print and audio. So many different things can be done and the competition is fierce.

 
With all the competition created by capitalism, would I really hire cheap labor and subject them to little to no benefits, long, exhausting hours, and low pay?

 
I would hire the greatest workers I could afford in each category to defeat the competition, make more money for the company, and hand out some nice bonus checks at year’s end.

 
I wouldn’t be hiring cheap labor.

 
I’d be forced, me, the capitalist, would be forced, to offer top-notch benefits, vacation time, a retirement package, pay, and work hours if I wanted to cut into my competition.

 
In other words, the publishing market is going to force me to conform to certain standards and if I acted like our government schools tell us capitalists act, I’d be out of business in about twenty seconds. Especially in today’s competitive world.

 

 

Advice for “Evil” Capitalists They Already Follow

And for any capitalist, supposedly greedy, evil capitalist, if they wish to remain in business, they might want to consider attracting the best workers.

 
How do you do that?

 
Do exactly as I outlined above.

 
At the end of the day, competition in a free market, in a free society is worried about one thing, and all capitalists are aware of this simple concept, pointed out by Milton Friedman. He states, “The virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy.”

 
So, these “evil” capitalists are heading up companies that provide a service, or a product, that will benefit the masses. Look at everything around you. Do you know what created every little commodity in your house, apartment, duplex, or loft?

 
Capitalism! Competition! Why did you choose Vizio over Sony? Why Lenovo over Dell?

 

 

iPhone over Android?

 
That’s competition, people.

 

 

A Lesson in Vehicle Manufacturers

Imagine had we never seen capitalism come into the forefront.

 
Imagine had corporatism, which many mistake as capitalism, take the reins since Day One.

 
Say Ford monopolized the market.

 
We’d all be forced to drive Fords and pay sky-high prices for them. There’d be such little demand in the automobile market which Ford owns that they could force workers to abide by poor working conditions, low pay, and poor benefits.

 
Capitalism changes it. Competition changes it. And these days, competition is global. Ford has to compete with Chevy, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Subaru, and others to maintain a profit.

 
To do so, they need the best people on the job.

 
What if they did what’s outlined above?

 
They’d need one loyal fanbase to stay in business.

 
Especially if Chevy and Dodge realized Ford’s mistake (and by the way, I’m not bashing Ford, I’m just giving a hypothetical example. I think Fords are great!) and paid their workers double than what Ford paid them and gave them twice as much vacation time with a top-notch retirement plan.

 
If you manufactured cars, who are you working for? Chevy, Dodge, or Ford? Most would say Chevy or Dodge, but what happens if a new manufacturer burst onto the market and offered better packages than Chevy and Dodge?

 
Chevy and Dodge would lose their best employees to the new manufacturer unless they hurried to, in other words, corporate headquarters where the “evil” capitalists lounge, would be forced to increase their workers’ packages immediately or they’d be hiring lesser skilled employees.

 
Not a good scenario for Chevy or Dodge!

 

 

Capitalism Versus Corporatism

1. Someone has an idea.

 
2. They form a company to make a product from the idea.

 
3. Consumers give the company money for the product.

 
4. The company becomes successful.

 
5. Someone else has a better idea and creates a better product.

 
6. Consumers give money to the new company to get the better product.

 

7. The new company becomes more successful.

 
8. The most innovative corporations make the most money.

 
Simple, right?

 
Okay, here’s what the government’s iron-fist strangling the lives out of students’ abilities to think for themselves want you to believe capitalism is.

 
1. Someone has an idea.

 
2. They form a company to make a product from the idea.

 
3. Consumers give the company money for the product.

 
4. The company becomes successful.

 
5. The company uses its wealth to manipulate the government into giving it more power through tax breaks, regulations, etc.

 
6. Someone else has a better idea and creates a better product.

 
7. Consumers are forced into buying the old product by the wealthy corporation who manipulate the government through tax breaks, regulations, etc.

 
8. The most corrupt and government manipulating corporations make the most money.
Notice how the corporations in Example 2 use something to sway power in their direction.

 
They use something called government, whose regulations and laws are supposed to save us from the “evil” capitalists.

 
But what are governments really doing?

 
They’re adding fuel to a fast-growing wildfire.

 
They’re subsidizing corporations and raising regulations, which will in turn raise barriers to entry via costs of production only few companies can afford, picking and choosing winners and losers in every single field of play.

 
This can’t happen in a free market, because innovation continually keeps these corporations in check. New and better products are offered to the public, and the public, the people, choose the winners and losers. No one’s forcing anything on anyone.

 
The second a corporation ties in with government and bribery happens behind closed doors, hence bought politicians with corporate sponsors take centerstage and lobby for such subsidies and regulations.

 
Take the Ford example once more.

 
Say Ford still ranked number one in profits, so they went to Congress and garnered subsidies and a few regulations out of it.

 
The new company I told you about just went out of business because they were too new to make a decent profit. Those workers who left Chevy and Dodge for the new company lost their jobs.

 
Chevy and Dodge had already hired new people but are now forced to layoff the new people because of increased regulation, which has skyrocketed costs of production only Ford could afford.

 
Uh oh.

 
Now we have a higher rate of unemployment in the auto industry. Ford’s slowly monopolizing, the new company’s gone, and Chevy and Dodge are in a crisis.

 
Now, Ford can continue their way of cheap labor, poor work conditions, and zero benefits package. They’re making even more money because Chevy and Dodge also had to raise prices on their vehicles in addition to laying off employees to continue seeing a respectable profit margin.

 
So now, Ford can raise their prices until they’re a hair below Chevy and Dodge, forcing the market to pay for the new, high prices of automobiles while the higher-ups at Ford make all the cash.

 
That’s not capitalism; it’s corporatism.

 

 

Conclusion

I hope by now, you see the difference between the two and it’s not capitalism, but corporatism, that is the true enemy of the common man, of the worker, and ultimately, the consumer. It’s also why corporations who engage in such policies hate capitalism.

 

They hate capitalism as much as Liberal America and socialists, if not more.

 
Why?

 
Because they realize capitalism will increase competition, forcing them to lower prices to a competitive level while raising wages and lowering working hours to match their competition.

 

Capitalism is the enemy of corporatism. Corporatism is everything government schools, unions, and progressives blackball capitalism.

 
And corporations know this. The public is duped, except for a few of us who realize capitalism is the way out. Capitalism is the cure for corporatism.

 
I’d like to end with a quote from the great Ron Paul. “Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank.

 

Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank.”

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

 

Links

https://mises.org/library/scabs-are-true-labor-day-heroes

 

https://mises.org/library/how-socialism-ruined-venezuela

 

Capitalism Enriches the Working Class

 

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