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SOCIETY"S RIGHTS VS. CAPITALISM"S RIGHTS
Babu G. Ranganathan
Many in society have been taught to believe that the public has no right totell corporations what to do with their money any more than a private citizenhas the right to tell his neighbor what to do
with the money he earns from abusiness or store. This is not a fair analogy.
True enough that a private citizen doesn't have the right to tell his neighborwhat to do with his money but the public does have the right to tellcorporations what to do with their money. Why?
Because corporations couldn'texist without very special and unique government help. Corporations are speciallegal entities that have unique rights, privileges, and protections given bygovernment that
ordinary citizens and business owners do not have. And, sincethe government in a democracy like ours comes from the people (the majority insociety) the people have the right to determine how
corporations act and howthey spend their money. The majority in a democracy own the franchise ofgovernment!?
Therefore, the public has a right to demand something from corporations inexchange for giving corporations the right to exist. Would I not have theright, even as a private citizen, to demand
something from a business built onmy property? The same logic applies to the relationship between the public(society) and corporations. Corporations cannot hide behind the speciousargument of rugged
Many in our society have been brainwashed to believe that an absolutely free marketplace with no government controls or regulations would automatically fix ournation's problems. Have we forgotten
already that the Great Depression of theearly 1930's was the direct result of a free market economy with no governmentcontrol or regulation?
Rugged individualism teaches that the individual has the right to benefit fromsocial and economic interactions with society, but that society has no right todemand any benefit from the
However, if it is true that a person has a moral right to be a ruggedindividualist, looking out only for himself, then it also follows thatindividuals (plural), by mutual consent and agreement, have
a moral right tolook out for themselves. Such a moral right of individuals (plural) is thebasis for majority rule and unions in our society.
Certainly, if an individual is benefiting from commerce with the manyindividuals of society, then the many individuals of society have a right, bymutual agreement among themselves, to demand certain
benefits from theindividual, benefits such as decent wages, clean air, clean water, safe workingconditions, safe products, etc.
No one has absolute individual rights in society. Those who want absoluteindividual rights must live outside of society. Those who want to be part ofsociety with the benefits of government and law
must be willing to grant whatthe majority want, even if it's at their own expense.
Yes, minorities have rights, but the majority has more rights.
Absolute individualism is absolutely unfair. The majority has the right to taxan individual and collect money to build a park even if that individual doesn"twant the park and will never use the park.
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money to provide welfare or help those who genuinelycan"t help themselves in society.
Self proclaimed rugged individualists in society want all the benefits of whatthe majority has to provide - government, law, security, and protection - butthey do not want to give up anything to the
majority in exchange for thesebenefits. These so-called rugged individualists are the real leeches andparasites of society.
The fact is there are no real rugged individualists in society! ?
If capitalism and social consciousness cannot coexist then how is it thatmodern industrialized nations such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and others canhave a high degree of social consciousness and
still be capitalistic with athriving free enterprise.
The rich are not paying their fair share of the taxes. Even billionaire WarrenBuffet has said that his office secretary pays more in taxes in proportion toher income than he does.
In fact, one of President Obama's ideas for reviving our economy is by thefederal government spending money to repair the infrastructure in our country(roads, bridges, highways, etc.). Much of this
money would come from taxing thewealthy and corporations and making them pay their fair share taxes.
People can still become wealthy in a socialist society but not at thedetrimental expense of others in society.
Many of the basic rights, especially regarding safety in the work place, thatwe take for granted were not graciously given to society by the rich but won bythe blood of bludgeoned workers and
strikers in the early twentieth century.
The Bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil, but that "thelove of money is a root of all sorts of evil." That love of money must beconstrained in society or the worst aspects of
capitalism will make a livinghell for millions. Thank God, of course, that there are some capitalists whodon't put money first or love money. God bless them!
The Christian Scriptures have much to say against the rich and wealthy whoobtain and maintain their wealth through the detriment of the rest of society (James2: 6, 7; 5: 1-6).
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The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor"sdegree with concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized forhis writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of
Marquis"Who"s Who in The East."