The Ubiquity of Central Planning in Capitalism

Many people, especially CONservatives, believe that a lack of central planning is one of the major advantages of capitalism over communism. This feature supposedly allows capitalism to be significantly more flexible, innovative and market oriented than communism.

But is that really true, especially today?

Contrary to what many of you believe, central planning is not unique to communism, socialism or any other -ism. It occurs in a variety of hierarchical systems where there are few or no consequences for screwups by megalomaniacs.

Central planning is, therefore, the ultimate result of a set of beliefs-

1. A few people at the top “know what is right for everyone”.

2. These ‘elites’ have no little to no accountability.

3. They do not suffer adverse consequences subsequent to their failures.

4. The ability to kiss ass and defraud others is your biggest asset.

5. Professional competence is your biggest liability.

6. Organisations are run without any consideration to their official purpose.

Now look around you. Did you notice that the defining features of central planning are remarkably similar to what we see in corporate america today?

The corporate leaders and ‘job creators’ who run large corporations are as arrogant, corrupt, vain and stupid as those in equivalent positions in the erstwhile USSR. Moreover like their soviet counterparts, they too rarely suffer adverse consequences for failures and fuckups. Their underlings are chosen and promoted based on the ability to kiss the right asses and fuck over those who work under them. Knowledge about the products and services offered by a corporation is the biggest impediment to a persons rise up the corporate ladder. Major and minor decisions in corporations are now almost exclusively based on their potential to deliver short-term benefits for senior management and their friends, to the detriment of long-term investors, workers and even their customers. All of the above is them justified as result of complex ‘studies’ and deliberations by objective ‘experts’- when in reality they are utterly dishonest shills.

To put it another way, so called “professional management” in capitalism is functionally indistinguishable from the much maligned central planning seen in communist countries. We just happened to start from a higher point and have not yet reached the level of dysfunction and loss of public trust seen in 1980-era USSR, though we are certain to enter that zone within the next three years.

Comments?

  1. November 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

    diablo,

    also-corporations have tremendous lobbying power and tons of tax loopholes….

    “As a matter of interpretation of the word “person” in the Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. courts have extended certain constitutional protections to corporations. Opponents of corporate personhood seek to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit these rights to those provided by state law and state constitutions.[3]

    Others argue that corporations should have the protection of the U.S. Constitution, pointing out that they are organizations of people, and that these people should not be deprived of their human rights when they act collectively.[4] In this view, treating corporations as “persons” is a convenient legal fiction that allows corporations to sue and to be sued, that provides a single entity for easier taxation and regulation, that simplifies complex transactions that would otherwise involve, in the case of large corporations, thousands of people, and that protects the rights of the shareholders as well as the right of association.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood

    seems just like a Feminist, they want all the advantages of one situation and none of the disadvantages of another…..

    anyways, there are tons of dystopic sci-fi stories where in the fututre, corporations have more power than governments…..

  2. November 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    oh, and dirty diablo,

    what are your thoughts on SOPA?

  3. Ryu
    November 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    AD, you yourself have written dozens of times that other people do not matter, friendship does not matter, nothing matters. Why complain? They are the manifestation of your philosophy. You should be praising them from the rooftops.

    I don’t understand what you are pushing here. Why not just say “nuke it all, kill everyone, destroy everything.” It is easy to criticize, very hard to actually build things that work on the real world.
    —-

    It is fun to point out that capitalism has many of the defects which sank communism. It was really a race between who would sink first, not who would float.

  1. November 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  2. November 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

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