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The Weal of Fortune

September 14, 2012

“Capitalism” is a “social system” in which any person otherwise broadly defined as a “consumer” or “dependant” may also become an “owner” of  the “factors of production” and it would seem that in the broad brush of history, the denial or abrogation of that perceived right to thrive beyond the necessities of mere consumption is the direct and arguably the only cause of revolts, revolutions and wars between sovereign nations, not to mention the many individual acts of litigation, outrage and enforcement of “ownership” with which we are all familiar. We tend to equate “capitalism” with “freedom” and the rule of a common law.

In these Letters we often speak of “investors” and “investing” in the common equities of the stock markets as if anyone could do it, and that is the case for millions of investors but not at all for the billions of people who would be investors if they could be. But that’s inevitable and something that we need to contemplate because we can’t actually live in a world in which there are only two classes of people – “owners” and “not owners” or “capitalists” and “not capitalists” or just “consumers” – despite many a regime to the contrary and complaint about the distinction that capitalism seems to engender between “capitalists” (or “owners”) and “consumers” or “dependants”.

To see this more clearly, objectively so to speak, we can grade or colour the practice of “capitalism” and “consumerism” between two extremes of what never is. In deference to the common weal, a “capitalist” should be coloured dark blue and a “consumer” deep red (deficit), but that doesn’t go far enough to satisfy the mathematics of the matter. A “pure capitalist” should actually be coloured “black” and a “pure consumer” “white” (as a sheet of paper), so that everyone in between is some shade of grey, and the reason for this, of course, is that a pure capitalist absorbs all colours and all energies (like a “black body”) and emits none, and a pure consumer emits (or reflects) all colours and absorbs none and, so, appears to be white. The “eigenstates” are all colours or energies in between.

For example, a person who has no resources at all and is basically always “hustling” for money, food, clothing and shelter is much closer to a “pure capitalist” than what we would normally think of as a “capitalist” – a person with money and resources – but then we must not overlook “entrepreneurs” who, generally, have neither but are heavy into “blue sky” ideas that we should invest in (they say). And, in contradistinction, the extraordinarily rich and idle emit all colours as money and discarded goods and services and tend to keep none. Most of us are in between in what is usually called the visible spectrum and it is well-known that the judicious combination of just three colours, red, green and blue, yields all the colours that are visible to us and each such colour is uniquely determined by that exact combination.

Exhibit 1:                         Consumers                                                        Capitalists

For example, if we are “green” now, adding more red will tend to shift us to the left (yellow or orange) and adding more blue will tend to shift us to the right (purple) but the required inputs and effects are not merely linear – they are visibly more complicated than that – one has to add a lot of “consumerism” in order to move from green to yellow or orange and only a little “capitalism” to move from green to much greener, information that might be of some help to economists and policy analysts.

All of the political “-isms” and social or moral ideologies can be located on the chart as a blend of “consumerism” and “capitalism” and if it’s not a blend then it must be either white or black. For example, “communism” tends to be on the red side, “capitalism” on the blue and “social democracy” on the green or yellow (in some people’s opinions).

Absorbing all the colours will tend to black whereas “dis-function” will tend to white and it is evident that in order that there be “life” as we know it, we need to manage our affairs so that we can live in the “visible spectrum” which is a rather small range in the range of possibilities, isn’t it.

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Investing in the bond and stock markets has become a highly regulated and litigious industry but despite that, there remains only one effective rule and that is caveat emptor or “buyer beware”.

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