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Economics cannot be understood without taking the sexual system into consideration. All over the world people live within some kind of family structure, they reproduce themselves, they reinforce the differences between the sexes (distinction between male and female) and strive towards sexual gratification.
Economics: the family is the basis of the economy
Most businesses in the world are family businesses. Most cars that are being manufactured are family cars. People do everything for their family and relatives. They grow produce for their own family, they make products for other families, they deforest the hills, they hunt and fish for their family till the sea is empty. They buy and sell anything, as long as it brings in money for their family. They work under barbaric conditions, pollute the air, build bombs, dump toxic waste, commit fraud, lie, cheat and steal for their family; they bend over backwards to please their employer, as long as they have a job to support their family.
Economics: free market system
The common opinion is that this is the best possible economic system. It is called 'the free market'. Its solution for the discrepancy between rich and poor is to increase trade, products, and traffic, under the assumption that if everyone can take care of their own family the world will automatically become a better place. This conviction is strengthened by the failed experiments of nationalisation in some countries, the disowning of privately owned land and real estate, the destruction of family businesses and the denial of individual liberty. The dictatorships of communism, in which also religion and personal life styles were outlawed or discouraged, are generally held to be warnings against collectivisation of the economy. It is the dominant view now that liberalisation of the market will of itself create emancipation and democracy.
This idea is propaganda rather than reality. The dictatorship of a state economy is often corrupt and may be hardly inspiring because no personal gain is involved in working for it, but the free market is a jungle in which the strongest survive and the weak suffer. In both systems, however, the same underlying mechanism is at work, namely the family trying to survive. Under a communist regime social and health care are generally better organised for families. Also there is more financial security, more ubsidy for education and job training. The motivation to go out 'hunting for the family' is weakened, and this is indeed an important factor in economic stagnation. The real cause of corruption and failure of state operated collective enterprise is the human factor, just as it is in the capitalist system. The free market is pretty corrupt, and here, too,we must look at human nature to understand the causes. The capitalist system allows more freedom to produce and sell goods, and provides an abundance of luxury and pleasure for some, but it also requires and creates runaway exploitation, environmental pollution overproduction of useless goods, less than healthy or tasty mass food and beverages, it also creates unacceptable contrasts between social and economic categories.
Only an economy that has become independent of the sexual system will be able to organised the world's household in a sufficiently clean, healthy and just way.
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