Religion is the Sigh of the Oppressed Creature (homeboy Karl Marx)

Karl Marx 1818-1883

Although it provides solace, religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world.

Karl Marx argues that religion is a belief system that enables the ruling class to maintain power in the present by promising the working class that things will be better in the hereafter.  The poor find solace in moral teachings because, ultimately, they will reap a reward for their suffering; social change is averted because religion stabilizes society and upholds the status quo.

These pieces of info were gathered from “The Sociology Book Big Ideas Simply Explained” From DK

 

 

If you are a poor person, maybe at some point you will look at yourself and say “I am poor.”   Perhaps you will think it does not seem fair.  Maybe you deserve better from life.  I think the key force is the use of critical thought.  the ability to ask questions.   “Why are things this way?”  “What can I do to improve my own life?”

The Ruling Class does not want you to do that.  They want you to accept that you life may not be good right now but if you worship the Lord and are a god follower of the Lord then you shall be rewarded in the afterlife.

 

Information and thoughts pulled out of pages 256 to 259 of The Sociology Book.                     -End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUiT

Learning Economics (And Philosophy)

There was a place where the people could make choices.  Some chose to utilize the brains and their bodies, and these people were rewarded.  There were people who were lazy with their minds and worked only with their bodies; these people were rewarded less.  Some of them labored only with their minds and some labored only with their bodies; more rewards were dispensed to the “mind-laborers.”

There is a different place where people worked in a variety of ways but they were all rewarded in the same way.  There were some who worked hard by choice and some who were lazy and it managed to balance out, the results were enough for success and overall the people were happy.   The hardest workers were intrinsically motivated and worked hard by choice, and the people at the bottom were happy to have the hard workers pull twice the weight.

In the First Place, the place of incentives.  There were some people who thought there was some unfairness and there was too much suffering at the bottom.  There was a demand for an equalization.   The hard workers continued to work hard and the lazy people stopped working (in this land everybody wanted Bananas), after the time of labor, all people were able to get 5 Bananas (each).   Based on the equal compensation, the hard workers lost an incentive (a drive, a purpose, a reason) and they worked less hard … … the next time around people only received 3 Bananas each.  The hard workers lost some of their motivation and the lazy people continued to do nothing … … After the time of working, there were only enough Bananas created for there to be 1 Banana per person.  The lack of incentive created a race to the Bottom.

 

If the above paragraphs seem interesting then you will have an interest in Economics (and politics and philosophy).  This kind of talk will lead in the direction of CAPITALISM VS SOCIALISM.             And it may lead you in the direction of AYN RAND who is famous for her work “Atlas Shrugged.” (Who is John Galt?)

You have Adam Smith, he believed in the “Invisible Hand” of Capitalism and Laissez-faire economics (hands off).

There is also Karl Marx.  He fought for the workers in the factories.

Once you begin to study Economics in the realm of Marx vs Rand, you will notice that the debate continues within the world and the media.    Should there be welfare?  Should we tax the rich?  Who creates the jobs?    Should we redistribute the capital?

February 16th, DJ ROBO BISCUIT