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  • Communism and Capitalism are the Same Thing: A Story

    The Philosopher Between the Capitalist and the Communist

    Chapter 45 : Take Me To Jenne-Jeno

    By Punkerslut

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    Start Date: February 18, 2014
    Finish Date: October 21, 2014

         The more specific you become, the fewer words that you use. So after all of these words, what could anyone specifically point to when asked what they learned? Hammurabi was dead. So was Solon. Benjamin and Emma stayed together heading north, until they decided to split up, Emma heading East and Benjamin heading West. In the end, there is only myth. Even the Philosopher had to die eventually. When the Philosopher died, the Anarcho-Communist and the Anarcho-Capitalist split up, like parentless siblings that had lost the one thread keeping them together. In some regions of the world, you find the fight for property and individual allotments of land alongside the fight for liberty, and in other regions, you find the resistance to property and monopoly over the productive forces of life along with the resistance to authority. Different stories, different myths, different legends, different governments, and different religions all grew up, each taking parts of thought from each other, all having had some relation to the mutually antagonistic systems of Authority and Liberty, of Propriety and Communalism. It almost seems like the original ingredients of the way we think and how we believe had been lost in that soup which makes up our society, so much so that our minds cannot even separate out the taste or texture for happiness and independence.

         Emma was her own type of woman. There really aren't going to be any repeats throughout history that genuinely recapture everything about her. It wasn't just her inner character that determined the course of the events through her life; it was the people she met, exchanged ideas with, and interacted with. It was the sun and its rays of light, the rocks and streams that contoured through her planet, the forests and wildlife that surrounded her all of the time. And Benjamin was his own type of man. He was his own unique personality, incomparable to any other, whether Communist or Capitalist. Some believe that Solon represent pure Communism, others believe the same thing of Emma; and still there is another entire section of people who hold similar myths in regard to Benjamin and Solon, and their relationship with 'pure Capitalism.' But the real fact is that they were their own people, who were formed uniquely by their own world, and none who would come after them would be quite exactly like them. It is in the nature of humanity to strive to be something that we are not. Why we are like that, and how we react to that, is as much determined by the nature of our mind as much as the nature of the world we live in. There will never be another Emma or Benjamin, because there will never be another Hammurabi or Solon. But there may be others who are extremely similar.

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         The Philosopher was his own type of thinker, dedicated to nothing but his belief in the Truth and readily pouncing on any idea or system that could pose a threat to it. There was no side that was always his friend or always his enemy. He had sipped wine with the kings of empires and drank hooch with the peasants who organized revolts in the fields or the miners who seized their mines. He gave arguments to the leaders of Marxism and Militarism in the Anarchist Land, and he also was the only who tried to save them when their individual revolts had failed. The only people who could have found any fault inside of him were those without any belief in the Truth, spies and saboteurs like Spargo or Agent 354. To everyone else, he was either someone worth talking with, and to those with enough power, he was someone worth imprisoning and detaining. There will be no one like the Philosopher ever again, not because the world is different, but because he was different, too. There may be some who resemble him, walk like him, talk like him, argue like him, act like him, or maybe even think like him, but there will be none again who ever Philosophize like him. He lived once, and he died once. Humanity was left on its own to take care of the Truth.

         After the destruction of the Communist and Capitalist empires of Solon and Hammurabi, nothing important was discovered or invented for the next thousand years, as though humanity had forgotten learning. Then there was the Roman Empire, a period of several hundred years where civilization existed at the same time as that classic conflict between the wealthy and the poor, or, in Rome, Patrician and Proletarian. The world would end again, with the many tiny provinces of the empire breaking up into small manors, each ruled by a despotic and powerful owner, eventually called a feudal lord. With the fall of the Roman Empire, the next thousand years were regarded by all historians as the Dark Ages. But again, after some time to grow and develop, culture and civilization was born again, and so, too, the struggle for Communism and the struggle for Capitalism, the one led on by Revolutions in Russia and China, the other led on by Traditions in the United States and Europe. But with the Fall of the Soviet Union and the Capitalization of China, people are beginning to think that the Class War is over, and that nothing will ever come into existence that could challenge Capitalism. Despite that, the struggle over class continues to exist. If the world ends again, it is going to be over the questions of Property and Authority.


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