Brains are delicate things…
Capitalism and Democracy
Capitalism is an economic system where the “means of production” (Land, Factories etc.) are owned by individuals and corporations, in which workers have nothing to sell but their labour power.
[Capitalism is often confused with Industrialism, which refers to harnessing (mostly) fossil fuels and standardising workers’ skills in order to increase ‘productivity’ (though if capitalists usually accept lower productivity and profit in return for greater control over the workers). Industrialisation has happened outside declared Capitalist states, notably in Russia and China under self-proclaimed “socialist” systems.]
Democracy is a political system in which (in theory!) the mass of the people decide who is going to do what with the society’s resources. Democracy has been utterly hollowed out in the twentieth century by equating it merely with an election every four or five years.
This is representative democracy. Participatory democracy is a theory that is very rarely tried.
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
Marx? Engels? Or… Thomas Jefferson!