Cap It, A-List


Viikko 12


Motion: THB that we need more capitalism in order to overcome the problems in Capitalism in the world today
Role: Chair (opp.)

Dear Assemblage, Chair[wo]man, Ladies and Gentlemen,

There are four so-called ”hard fields” or ”hard professionals” in this world in any given society. They are the following: doctor, lawyer, economist and engineer. Everyone else’s job or workplace is less coveted or less appreciated or less remunerated (as these ”prestige” things go together). Let us take a look at how these professions have shaped the world so far.

It would be safe to say that medicine has made the world a better place. Life spans have soared. We can now expect to live to a hundred, unless cancer = shit happens. Infectious disease have been conquered, and AIDS can be controlled through medication. When 50-year-old women can today declare grandmother status, looking as fit as fiddles, without wrinkles, we know that pensions-age has to be lifted upward, so that money will suffice in society. Medicine has made our lives better, but this does not mean that all doctors do good or are honourable. The field in itself has been fruitful with astute enough practitioners and generous help from pharmacology, biochemistry and so on.

Engineering, likewise, has made our lives better. All the new technology that we use has made it easier to adapt to the world, travelling and business. Houses have become more comely and comfortable, roads less bumpy and vehicles more reliable. Home electronics is a success story, with always some novelty in the shops in the autumn or for Christmas, usually something that adds to our comfortability. On the other hand, big breakthroughs in cars, space travel, fossil fuels, ecology and waste management have been dragging their heels and may never appear. We haven’t made any real progress in decades on those things. Recycling does not eradicate dumps that can be seen from space. And some feats of engineering may be downright dangerous to humans and animals, such as GPS phones and the link-tower revolution. If bees dies, we’ll all die soon.

Justice, or jurisprudence, aims mainly @ the maintenance of the rights of conservatives to keep and retain their properties. The biggest innovation in justice seems to be the so-called class-action suit, i.e. a group of people seeking damages instead of one-on-one justice or cases of the state vs. the individual. On the other hand, litigation per se has become a problem when things could be settled or suffered in silence instead. Petty crimes slow down the wheels of justice when it comes to battling more serious felonies. If I was a judge, I’d deny the right to suing just as gladly as I would grant the right to appeal. Law is treading water, and it has a corrosive effect on society in that its ties to the economical elite and its reluctance to send certain people and certain criminals to prisons weakens its creditability in citizens’ eyes. Law, after all, was to be independent from the other powers that be per Montesquieu.

Of the four strong fields, guilds or trades outlined in the beginning of this speech, what kind of measures, promises and plans for improvement have economics and economists taken and made then? Let us take a look. Bear with the very adverse list…

Liberal and libertarian economists believe in not contributing to taxation and not distributing company ”gold reserves” to others than top brass, proprietary families and shareholders (who often are the very same people). The culture of headhunting has made CEOs mobile (and expendable), while outsourcing has ”redunded” employees. Where there once was responsibility, there is now greed. Trade unions have been squashed by moving all factories that can be to the Far East, where labour is cheap. From Asia the factories will most likely move to Africa, where labour is even cheaper, if Africans learn to work as hard as Asians. Rating agencies cheat their paying customers in hopes of bigger payoffs. Real-estate agents and sellers blow hot air into their prices in order to get heftier commissions. Easy credit is available to people who cannot pay back, or who are extremely vulnerable. MTV is filled with online gambling advertisements during evening and night time; no other kind of advertising exists anymore. Young people do not want to work for a living but ”shine for a living” in positions of fame and celebrity. Things were not well in the past, but there was some sort of equilibrium and temperance in place. Now there is little of that left.

Of the four fields, medicine has advanced the life expectancy of humans to nearly a hundred, while economics and the industrial and commercial life have turned the clock back about a hundred years, when it comes to factory workers’ rights in foreign, strange countries. This is the state of things.

Medicine is the mirror that divulges that some things are being strange or surreal (~ 50-year-old grannies), while economical practices are the thing that IS WRONG, or the abscess, the curing of which will likely make everything else fall right into its place.

Unfortunately, the smoke screens by which we can hide from the world and hide everything else that is amiss in our world prevent us from seeing this. 

Thank You.

Puheen kesto: 6 min 34 sek
Arvio: * * * *. Puhe ottaa hampaisiinsa kapitalismin ja sen mannekiineiksi ekonomit. Se yrittää todistella, ettei jälkimmäisissä ole juuri mitään hyvää. Näin se vihjaa, ettei hallituksen esitys voisi viedä asioita eteenpäin. Toisten on helppo jatkaa tästä haluamiinsa suuntiin. Puhe on myös pitkä ja täyttää aukkonsa melko täydellisesti.



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