Disenchantment with the global economy has led to an almost universal attack
on the very concept of capitalism. Many socialist oriented rioters, demonstrators and advocates look to Marxism for the antidote
to rapidly declining standards of living.
This is similar to the events surrounding the Bolshevik revolution about
100 years ago. At that time the Russian people's oppression led them to revolt. History shows us that if people are oppressed
and have the vision to see how those whom they perceive as their oppressors live their lives; they will revolt. This is not
a strange or abnormal phenomenon.
However, Marxism or socialism of any kind was not the answer in the past and
it is not the answer now.
Capitalism is not the villain any more than a car or plane or train or gun is a villain.
It is people's proclivity toward covetousness which is the villain. And whenever covetousness is exalted by anyone, or
by any class, greed becomes unleashed and civilization develops in a way which may appear eminently laudable for many
decades, but ultimately such a civilization is doomed by its own voracious greed.
It doesn't much matter whether such
greed is the operating principle among capitalist robber barons or socialist functionaries. Greed is the cause of oppression
and oppression will lead to misery. And when the depths of misery and the mountains of plenty are not separated, people can
see the disparate lifestyles and they can learn why they are oppressed. And when the oppressed can observe the oppressors
engineering the socialist or capitalist systems to build themselves opulent lifestyles at the expense of the opppressed, it
is normal for revolution to begin to smolder in the hearts oppressed people. This is natural. No one likes to be oppressed.
Being poor is one thing, but watching powerful and influential people create the conditions of your accelerating poverty
is bound to culminate in violence.
So what would the Moshiach do to correct this madness ? Well, if good
Jews and good Christians and all other ostensibly faithful servants of the Creator had allowed him to manifest and operate,
he would have reminded us that covetousness has no place in human consciousness and the ensuing greed and oppression is also
mutually exclusive with worship and love of God. He would continue and explain that capitalism is simply the means God allows
us to freely express our God given talents and desires.
In the true capitalism, however, people are complying
with God's commandment to love one's neighbor as him or herself! Capitalism without brotherhood is simply
idolatry and make no mistake about it. If you think that alms to the poor whose condition was created or allowed to remain
so, by the idolatrous false capitalism of the past centuries, will warm God's Heart, think again. If you think entitlement
programs for under paid employees do not oppress the middle class tax payer, think again.
There can be no profits
which are tantemount to oppression. The only legitimate profits are those which result from employees and customers who are
satisfied with their salaries and with their purchases. God always remains in the financial equation. This is the reality
which the Moshiach is coming to facilitate.
And this is the reality which all capitalists will ultimately observe.