SOCIALISM AND RESPONSIBLE CAPITALISM CAN THEY CO-EXIST? PART 1
Untangling the Meaning of Socialism
Problems with untangling socialism come from the language itself and the meaning attributed by different people to the same word or words.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as a theory or policy of social organization which aims at or advocates the ownership and control of the means of production, (in the 21st century better understood as technology), capital, land, property, etc., (in the 19th century after the Industrial Revolution, including money) by the community as a whole and their administration or distribution in the interests of all.
Community operates in the field of spirituality. Commerce or the means of technology, capital, land, property, etc. operate in the field of science and are described and identified by its monitory equivalent. Though trite, the adage comparing apples to oranges applies to Community and Commerce.
Ideally, Community as a whole encompasses individuals-in-awareness-of-community. Human empathy, a spiritual attribute, contributes to this. Women, in particular, live their lives in innate awareness of the community.
Social Organization is a term that operates in the fields of spirituality and science. The glue for societies is spiritual originating in families and communities or culture. Organizing, however, involves humans’ actions beyond themselves and is in the field of science, where the material interests are operating. It is the goal of all good governments to strive for an administration that acts for the material interests of all. However the idea is to ensure that each individual has basic needs or even rights, met. These are spiritual needs as enough food, water, adequate housing, access to education to the extent of each person’s ability and access to sufficient health care to keep each individual healthy, as well as the community’s spiritual contentment.
As a whole referring scientifically to production (technology), land, property etc. (now including money) appears to encompass in toto, material quantitative things but does not address the human spirit that yearns for individual identification with a divinity and individual aspiration in whatever area of human endeavor that arises innately from within each and every human being.
However, material wealth beginning with money and expanding into what money can acquire came into prominence after the Industrial Revolution. It attached itself to astute individuals, and reduced the capacity of Socialism as previously defined, to be viable without the cooperation of wealthy individuals participating in its basic requirements by diverting some wealth to Community Enhancement, this latter being understood through the natural Law of Proportionality.
From There Are No Enemies
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who