You know, we're pretty oriented to free market principles around here and we often celebrate our constitutionally protected rights to pursue happiness. We've regularly talked about the goodness of profit motive. We've veered into the spiritual arguments against materialism and we have been consistently adamant that capitalism must never be confused with greed or materialism. But that puts us in a quandary of sorts for we certainly cannot claim that capitalists are incapable of greed.
Sometimes they are.
Nations (like China, for instance) which practice a particularly unusual hybrid of capitalism and tyranny are a prime example of this. This is not to trivialize the instances of pesticides in the cat food and lead paint on the toy cars if we fail to point them out as the best examples of Chinese greed. Chinese greed? Well, no. They would say that these are examples of American greed – that American corporations, in their insane lust for profit and wealth, drove the Chinese factories to use low grade materials that were harmful to the health of children and pets thereby exposing those all-powerful American corporations to massive and crippling lawsuits. It's not China's fault. They are the victims here. So the examples of poisoned cat food and dime store chachkies simple won't suffice for this discussion on the contamination of capitalism because the source of greed is hard to pinpoint.
Neither will it suffice to point out China's use of fetal tissue in products such as shampoo and face creams, or their use of fetal tissue in testing a wide range of products from medicine to chocolate bars as examples of capitalism gone wild. I mean, it is capitalism gone wild, but in order to be fair, we would have to point out that even some American companies liked the idea of using unborn children to test their flavor enhancers. So you can see that it is getting harder and harder to differentiate between morally centered capitalism and the capitalism of relativity.
Mind you, I would continue to argue that this reflects more on America's trendy hate fest with natural law than it does on the practice of capitalism. It's also fair to note that American businesses used to run independently of our government and that created the proper checks and balances that are necessary for keeping businesses and government honest. But with those lines of separation blurring between government and business, we are starting to see huge deterioration in traditional best practices.
No matter where you land in the socio-economic spectrum, I believe you'll agree. These are all good examples of American and Chinese materialism and bizarre instances of capitalism gone wild. Most importantly, they merely scratch the surface of what happens when humanity transitions from enlightenment into an era that is devoid of spiritualism.
The idea that "the human soul is nothing more than the physical brain, and ethical relations are merely useful adaptations in the struggle for existence" opens the door for moral relativism to become standard operating procedure in our business culture. (i.e. Abortion is legal. Abortion creates a byproduct that we call human fetal tissue. That byproduct of abortion is just going to wind up in a landfill somewhere. Why shouldn't we profit from those human cells that not even their own mother wanted in order to make our candy and diet soda taste better?)
But that discussion, as ethically pertinent as it is, seems almost shallow when we compare it to the world's next phase of materialism.
Let's look at something as virtuous as the production and sale of vaccines, for instance. Now, I don't know about you but I do like the idea that I will never have to deal with measles or mumps or polio and I am perfectly content that I have been immunized against such diseases. Many people agree with me on this point and so there are laws that require citizens of the US to have vaccinations against such illnesses. Fair enough. So far, we're all on board.
Chicken pox…okay, I was on the fence with that one. Most of us had it as kids. It's an uncomfortable disease but, excepting some rare occasions, it's usually no big deal and while it's nice to have the option of getting immunized against it, I wasn't thrilled with a state mandate. It kind of struck me as oppressive. Oh, I'm sure that someone out there is raising his fist in heightened rage at over my shortsightedness in preferring self-determinism over an illness-free society, but I suppose you can't please everyone.
Flu shots. There's another one. Drives me crazy that people fret about getting the flu as if it's the bubonic plague or something. It's the flu. Just get yourself back into bed and sweat it out, honey. It is lousy but that's life…again, this is unless you have a compromised immune system and then we are talking about a very different situation.
And the human papilloma virus…don't even get me going on that or I'll have to start hating on Rick Perry and his statist response to a world without virtue. The HPV debacle was where I began to clue in that, you know what? Enough is enough. Rick Perry's ignorant and interventionist theories on clean living? For me, that's where common sense began to take leave and we all found ourselves kneeling before the altar of science and industry whether we wanted to or not.
That goes to the crux of the issue. A growing number of the immunizations that are being thrust upon us are really not necessary for anyone who has a functioning immune system, and decisions over whether or not to receive these shots ought to be left to an individual for herself or for her family instead of a government entity. Perry set a terrible precedent for governors everywhere when he decided to take matters into his own hands and require the HPV immunization by fiat. What a debacle.
But the story unfortunately doesn't end with that central argument. If only it did. Liberals are already on to the next phase of immunization-nation. As with any other point of victory that the Left achieves over freedom and liberty, you give them an inch and they'll quickly regroup to take the next mile. We've often seen how the Left focuses on improving our lives at a cost of millions upon millions of taxpayers' dollars. And rest assured that whatever aspects the Left decides to improve upon, things will always end up twice as bad as when they got started…which then requires additional intervention and funding to dig us out of the mess that they created in the first place.
This just confirms my growing belief that liberalism is less a political movement and more a study in sadomasochism. Kind of the Story of O for bureaucrats.
What's the next phase in immunization management, you ask? We have lived to see the future and the future is ugly. Per The Independent (UK), capitalism for relativists is now a weapon of mass destruction at the hands of the Chinese who have begun deliberately manufacturing new strains of viruses so that they can create vaccines…you know, just in case these scientifically generated, Frankenstein viruses ever happen to show up in the general population somewhere down the line, the Chinese will be prepared for them. How forward-thinking of them.
You may ask yourself, what are the chances that those manufactured viruses won't find their way into the general population? And that'd be a pretty good question. Such is the nature of the Chinese government that it registers no shame in the idea of starving its own citizenry, sterilizing its own women, killing its own dissidents, putting lead paint into children's toys and censoring its news outlets so that their population will never rise up in revulsion – it's not so far outside the realm of possibility that the Chinese government has taken the arms race in a whole new direction by forcing health-obsessed Americans to fork over millions in the prevention of manmade illnesses.
And that's an entirely different kind of cold war for the world to behold because the Chinese government doesn't necessarily value its citizenry the way that the American government traditionally has. They think they have too many people anyway so if things get out of control and they lose a couple million…well, I guess it ain't no big thang.
That is a living and breathing example of materialism's growing control over a captive and unwilling audience. If it sounds like the plot of Dark Knight film, that's just a happy coincidence.
The world has changed. We are now living at the mercy of bureaucratic relativists who are too smart by half for faith and conscience. So many millions of people throughout the world are aligning with this live-for-today mindset that we can categorize it as the evolution of humanism. They aren't satisfied in postulating and pontificating over the what-ifs of Machiavelli anymore. They're ready to test their theories.