I do not mean to divert attention from Iran’s events – but I do consider this an Iran event (Believe it or not) – especially now that AN has offered to help the World solve it’s problems. I think he wants to strike at capitalism – to divert attention from IRI’s defaults. Some of AN’s advisors have benefited a lot from internet discussions, and in-between discussions and in between the lines have learned enough to be able to make a good case against capitalism. Hence – I am hoping we can start disarming AN right here – by discussing capitalism ourselves.
Let me start by saying that I am a capitalist – but I think it has many problems that needs fixing.
1- Enemies identify Capitalism as a system in which “Capital” rules. While this is partially true – but I have a better definition for Capitalism – and from a different point of view. The way to describe Capitalism is a system that endorses “private ownership”, “Generation of Wealth” and “Inheritance”. Another words, Jazb Servat va be Miras gozashtan servat. I think this is the starting point at which one must encounter Capitalism. Do you think a person should have the right to pay money and buy a piece of earth and own properties? Do we have the right to own a house and the property it sits on? Do you believe in ownership? Your house, your car, your business,…. and more importantly – do our children have rights to our wealth – no matter how stupid, lazy and lame they are? If your answer is yes – then you are very close to be a Capitalist. You have the right to fight to lower the importance of capital in your society, or you can even insist on limits on how much capital an individual can generate – but you are still a Capitalist.