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Capitalism in Australia

We love shopping for a cheap bargain and we do it all the time
We love shopping for a cheap bargain and we do it all the time
Our children learn very quickly that shopping is the best past time and 'having money to buy whatever you want' is something they always dream about
Our children learn very quickly that shopping is the best past time and 'having money to buy whatever you want' is something they always dream about
The shiny banks are our new 'shrines' and we spend a lot of time there. Money is something we need and want the most.
The shiny banks are our new 'shrines' and we spend a lot of time there. Money is something we need and want the most.
Banks are the tallest buildings in all our cities and towns. It is a dream of our children to work there, work with the money. Money, money, money you hear everywhere around.
Banks are the tallest buildings in all our cities and towns. It is a dream of our children to work there, work with the money. Money, money, money you hear everywhere around.
We love to go to cinema, but do not ask us to think, we paid our money, we just want to be entertained.
We love to go to cinema, but do not ask us to think, we paid our money, we just want to be entertained.
We just love our comfort and forget that somewhere out there behind the city lies the real world...
We just love our comfort and forget that somewhere out there behind the city lies the real world...
Our unique nature which we sacrifise. The best kangaroo is the dead kangaroo - killroad, we call it, just too many cars.
Our unique nature which we sacrifise. The best kangaroo is the dead kangaroo - killroad, we call it, just too many cars.
Our foreshore is pristine, but how long, one must ask.
Our foreshore is pristine, but how long, one must ask.
Which way to go now? It is up to us to decide. Is this capitalism similar to yours? Look at the pictures which you will not recognize - Socialism in Slovakia, my home country, home town. FOLLOW THE PHOTOS - VIEW THE NEXT HUB: SOCIALISM IN SLOVAKIA
Which way to go now? It is up to us to decide. Is this capitalism similar to yours? Look at the pictures which you will not recognize - Socialism in Slovakia, my home country, home town. FOLLOW THE PHOTOS - VIEW THE NEXT HUB: SOCIALISM IN SLOVAKIA


Who are we and why do we behave this way?

Michael Moore asks
What is the price
That America pays
For its love of capitalism?

Are we become
our own ‘needs and wants’
modern slaves?

A love affair gone astray
Lies, abuse, betrayal…
14,000 jobs being lost every day

A new catchy song about cheap bargains?
we just love to hear it,
again and again.

Do you need a car?
Maybe a new garment?
What about a fancy place to stay?
Their owners just run away,
they sleep on a street
with a dozen kids to feed,
but do not worry,
this place is a bargain,
just few hundreds to pay…

Families pay their price
with their jobs,
with their cars,
with their homes,
with their cards…

“Credit or saving?
We take it all,
just give us your money
and leave the floor
of our bank building,
if you don’t have it,
just wait for the LAW”..

A new catchy song about cheap bargains?
we love to hear it,
we love to buy it,
we just love to spend,
again and again

Are we become
our own ‘needs and wants’
modern slaves?

Who are we and why do we behave this way ?
Michael Moore asks
the most feared ‘doco’ guy,
in his baseball cap,
attacks ‘corporates’
and makes a big money by that,
but this what America is all about,
free enterprise,
at least he makes us THINK

or at least
we are ENTERTAINED.

Capitalism, I understand,
I live here now,
Socialism, I understood,
I left it all behind.

And maybe later I tell you
WHY…



Who are we and why we behave this way?

My Grandfather keep asking all his life,
his parents were ‘enemies of the state,’
just independent peasants,
who dared to own
a piece of their own land.

Collectivization and Socialization,
they did not understand.
They ended up in prison
and their land was confiscated
for the farm cooperative,
they lost their only son too,
at the end.

For my Grandfather,
was not willing to end up
just like them
he spitted in the face of his own parents,
calling them names,
for not recognizing
the inhuman material conditions
of working class
for not wanting
to sacrifice their land
for their state.

The story of my Grandfather,
The story of the common man,
living in a socialist state
with communist ideals
the story of his time
is pure as a drop of dew
free of nobility
and false disguise
full of hard work
for the common good
with a little money
in return.

He worked and worked more
with sweat and tears
singing communal songs
covered in a dust
the life of the Slovak farmer
without his own farm.
His duty was always the same,
he cared for the cooperative land,
so the tasty bread
can be always made
to satisfy his nation.

He bore this life
on his shoulders,
had the alphabet
of work and humility
written on his face,
when he retired.

Very poor
and very lonely
was his death
and he thought
before he died,
how miserable was his life,
the inhuman material conditions
he lived in
and fought all his life
to eradicate.

WHO ARE WE AND WHY WE BEHAVE THIS WAY?

Capitalism or socialism
both can be evil,
in their extreme,
if used by the humans
who lost their ‘human face’.













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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

Outstanding!


Beata Stasak 7 years ago

Thank you so much Ralph for your encouragement. It helps me to keep writing. All the best from Beata


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nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Thank you for this great hub! I visited Slovakia several times in the 1980s, and I think I understand what you are writing about.


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Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow traveller, I was born in Slovakia, but my parents come from Croatia, part of my childhood I spent in Romania and I studied in Russia, recently I live in Australia so just like you I feel at home everywhere...


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Great hub, I'm looking forward to reading more. I was born and have always lived in the U.S. but had the pleasure of seeing other parts of the world. I get very tired of governments trying to seperate people, we all have much more in common than not. Peace Beata, let's keep in touch!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

There is more what join us together than what separates us, wish everyone would see it this way...our world would be much pleasant place to live in...I never have been in America but have a lot of friends there...peace with you my friend from other part of the world.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I have lived for equal amounts of time in both systems (communist and capitalism) and they are just as bad. The regular man does not get justice or respect from either political system.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Yes, Petra, I am the same, I write about the communist country of my childhood in the following reflection...Both are bad...but what is better alternative?

Thank you for visiting me Petra and wishing you a great day...love from Beata


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day Beta Stasak

I'm sorry I too so long to get around to reading this. Let me chime in with my chant of "outstanding" in this chorus. I will confess I am not skilled at evaluating poetry.

But I think you fulfilled your stated purpose given in your title very effective. Indeed, so much does make sense once we perceive the connections. I agree, state capitalism and state socialism are twin sides of the same coin of ruling elite class predation, and they both, in the final analysis lack mass participatory democracy.

Both systems seem to have their own diverting propaganda too. And I think you illuminated the different methods of social control inherent in each system masterfully with just a few words. Songs about cheap goods in one. Slogans about the common good and imprisonment if you don't act convincingly enough like you really believe it in another.

Anyway, well done Beta Stasak!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear hub friend for spending time with my writing and for your valuable comment:) I appreciate it a lot..all the best from Beata


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Beege215e 5 years ago

A very interesting look at both systems. I really loved your ending. Insightful is a word I don't often use, but it fits here. Thank you for sharing your talent.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your kind comment Beege:)


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

Your writing style and approach to the capitalism or communism question is unique and powerful. Voted up.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear Tracy, I think my very own, personal experience with both system gives me some uniqueness:)...happy it was useful for you...and thank you again for taking your time to stop by...hope you come back again:)


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Zabbella 5 years ago from NJ-USA

This poem makes the reader think. It was good. I like your writing style.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Zabbella, I believe that is the main reason of writing to make readers think, feel, reflect and maybe slowly and gradually change the way how they perceive the world around them...but that is huge task for really great writers...I am just on the beginning of that journey...thank you for taking the fraction of it with me:)


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sweetoneangel 5 years ago from New Jersey

Great hub, look forward to many more.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank my dear 'angel'....hope you like the others too...'sweet reading':)


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John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

I've lived in both Beata. As long as they are not rabid socialists or rabid capitalists the see-saw stays nearly level. I like your hub muchly.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

So true, John, you know what I am talking about from your own experience:)...thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comment:)


bolt1951 5 years ago

Beata, Gooday to you,

I know exactly what your talking about and so very clear, long ago I came to a conclusion and that was that no system will prevail, for we are not by nature meant to be incased in rules and laws. All of these idealisms are man made they go hand in had with imaginary lines that seperate countrys and states and cities and the planet itself. We are mere fleas on a globe that inhabits us, all of this started thousands of years ago, however it has been withing the past few centurirs that it has escallated to where a hand full of people determine our destination. Like the Gods of old Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo the list goes on and on as you well know this is a phenominum that will never cease til the laws of nature the laws of the spirit show the real way to life. For the most part they have taken over what at one time were myths and made themselves the Gods. And the key to all of this insanity is Money, Greed and Power. Every thing has a byproduct and the byproduct of the latter is deceit, deception and manipulation.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

So true, my fellow hubber, so true...thank you for your insightful response, and yet we have to stay true to our ideals, because if we succumb to cynism and hopelessness we lost our battle before we even begin...:)...I see you decide to read all my work....my dear fellow hubber, I am honoured that you spend so much time with my writings...my writings come alive under your patient gaze...thank you:)


Thomas Thyros 5 years ago

Hello Beata:

Very well said, lovely, and poignant. I enjoyed the prose and the sentiment. Nice to be following you. I will surely be back to partake in more of your moving visible word craft.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear Thomas, the encouragment from the fellow writer means always a lot to me...looking forward to hear from you again:)


Thomas Thyros 5 years ago

Hello Beata:

Of course you are welcome. You are very deserving.


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

Well written and so true!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubber for your kind comment:)


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

The Yanks and us exported capitalism, the Russkies and the Chinese socialism. At the moment we've got capitalism with a conscience and communism that's become grasping. Is that the happy medium or is there a third way? By the sound of it you've moved from one to the other, you've still got roots in the first and the third way's just out of reach. Welcome to the English speaking world. Ever since the Southsea Bubble, the East India Company, the Seven Year's War and Trafalgar we've been running the world in different guises. Karl Marx Woz 'Ere! (He probably picked up a few tips whilst he was in Blighty). The Zulus packed up fighting the British because they realised our 'Powers That Be' were willing to throw at them every poor sod they could fit up with a uniform. How do you fight against that? The Kaiser came to that conclusion in a little bit more time - he should've known better, as half his clan ran this show. And as old Winston put it, 'We shall fight them on the beaches' ,he didn't say he meant to join Eddie VIII soaking his toes in Bermuda if Adolf ever did set foot on Regent Street! No dearie, we don't rail against the system, we just start up a new company and hope the Tax man can't catch up with the paper trail.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Love you historical 'outpour' my fellow hubber and you are right, it is time to start something new...we just need to find the right person to do it:)...good luck with hubbing and happy to hear from you again:)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Just to put 'the facts straight', I have written another reflection about socialism and it is no less critical than this one...I have lived in both systems, I don't believe there is a perfect system to live by..it is created by humans after all, there is no perfection in human world and yet...I believe you tend to look more closely on things you care about the most and hope in change for better...:)


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

The problem with socialism is putting it into practice. Too many tend to corrupt the idea one way or another, or create 'cults of personality' (flies around s**t)! Tito had the hang of it, I think, but the day he died Jugo-slavia fell apart,(it wasn't a nation as such, like Czechoslovakia, created in the aftermath of WWI out of Woodrow Wilson's fevered imagination) it wasn't the model that kept them going but the man. If the Prague Summer had been allowed to mature Czechoslovakia might have made it work, but it was squashed like a fly by Moscow's 'Swat Squad'.

On a different tack altogether, my wife's cousin Linda Jones lives in a settlement called Badinggara (she's not too sure about the spelling) about 200 miles inland from Perth going east-ish. Mind you, there's not that many places WEST of Perth within 200 miles, is there?


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks my fellow hubber for your insightful comment, it seems that you have looked at the 'European chess board after the war' created by all winning sides to their satisfaction very closely...every system that is created by force, every border that is created by force is doomed to fail...look at Israel created forcefully after the war to accomodate misplaced...now we have to find the place for misplaced Palestinians if there will be any left...

I have to look on the map...if you go east of Perth it is just barren land that stretches forever with few settlements scattered here and there...


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

My cousin Paul's 'girlfriend' used to live in the Outback in Oz as well, down in the north of Victoria. She said she used to have a bath in their water tower (No such problems on Teesside)! Like I wrote, Kath's cousin Linda lives on a sheep station. There's a story - do you know it? - about a woman who took the conductor to task about the speed of the train to Alice Springs. She told him she was pregnant and the baby was due shortly. His answer was she shouldn't have boarded the train in that condition. She retorted that when she got on the train she didn't yet know the baby's father!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

AUSSIE HUMOUR IS BLACK AND WHITE, BUT ORIGINAL AND I AM USED TO IT, NOW, IT FEELS LIKE HOME...THEY SAY IF THEY CALL YOU 'BASTARD' ...YOU KNOW YOU BELONG...SO WE ARE 'BASTARDS' NOW...ALL THE BEST TO YOU MY FELLOW HUBBER:)


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

The train had to run slow because the bridge foundations were often washed out by flash floods, and the termites were working their way through the wooden sleepers. Metal sleepers were tried and they rotted as well, but at least they were termite-proof.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Extremities of the Australian life...you can't fight nature, you can only invent the best way to live with it, therefore we have so many great inventors in Australia:) Every Sunday morning we flip a coin to go kayaking in nearby Seal and Penguin Island or not, the weather is beautiful, the ocean calmly blue, penguins and seals diving under your kayak...just few sharks around, just last week a surfer was attacked and a fisherman in his tin boat succumbed to its friendly bite...this week we decided it not to and went to swim in our pool instead...tiger snake was caught in our cleaning system...our beautiful pool surrounded by palms gently swaying in Summer breeze is in the middle of the bush....Holding the long dead the most poisonous snake in my hand I waved to my neighbour over the fence passing on his horse: "You should go to the oean instead, love," he laughed: "You are not pregnant, are you, you would be fine."

"I think I should, no problem there," I waved back and threw the snake in the bush. I just love to live here. The tinkle of excitement always close to your skin and people around you to make you laugh....


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myrtle McKinley 4 years ago

Hi Beata Stasak,

It is so true that anything to the extreme becomes corrupt. Moderation is a good motto to have. Thanks for a great hub. I am new to hubbing and would appreciate you checking me out. Thanks Myrtle


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear myrtle, I have checked you out and you have new follower:) All the best with your hubbing and great 2012...cheers from Beata


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advocateforchild 4 years ago from Orange, CA

Wow...I can't stop reading your hubs. Amazing, beautiful, insightful-your words are like music.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear new fellow follower, I have so many kind and appreciative readers, I can not ask for more:)


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Beata, this was brilliant and so true. I am the one person in my family that feels like this, the rest are more concerned with their cars,personalised number plates and swanky holidays. I sometimes think I was born under a cabbage patch!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

There is more of us under your cabbage patch, than you think, all the best to you, my fellow hubber and hopefully I will hear from you again:)


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Finally a hub so powerful about capitalism, human race, needs and wants; an hub that gives us the opportunity to reflect and react. love it. Thank you


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it, AnnaCia and managed to relate to it...living in both regimes, comunist and capitalist as well, has given some perspective on both:)


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Nice writing! Your right neither socialism or the free market can save a nation, the missing ingredient is a morally upright

poeples. Its my belief that man can't save himself and that only a genuine Christian poeples have the power to be truely upright. Take care and God bless!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you for your genuine reply, I respect your belief in christianity and I admire your faith, however I stopped 'dividing people' between Christians and non Christians long time ago, although I am originally from Christian background as well...you are right only people can help themselves:)


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Trouble was, when Socialism was first aired in the fledgling Soviet Union, they freed up all those German divisions to go to the Western Front. Had America not sent their troops over, we might have been working from a different song sheet. We in the west didn't appreciate the gesture and sent in troops to support the White Russians until they found they were barking up the wrong tree and gave up trying; only the Japanese and Germans could stand Admiral Kolchak's Jew-baiting shenanigins. By the time the Russian's civil war ended Socialism had taken a wrong turn into Despotism under Joseph Stalin. From then on we all had the wrong idea. It was never really given a chance. Then of course there were those who 'skimmed off the top', being 'more equal than the others'. That's when things really fell off the board when the players bent the rules to suit themselves. That's the game they're playing in China and Korea. Meanwhile the original players spent so much time running round in circles they lost sight of the target and abandoned the idea!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Very true, Alan, very true, thank you for your insightful comment, at the end of the day on the both side of political spectrum, those who pay the price at end are ordinary people...

Reason, values, morals, human knowledge adn a people's collective unhappiness are what bring about change. When people are unhappy with a situation, they are critical of it. When they are critical of it, the government can either ride it, move for reforms or be repressive. Communist leaders choose the latter.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I really like the pictures and their captions. You clearly put time into them.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Natasha, Michael Moore's documentary left me pondering about capitalism I choose to live in and communism I left behind for a long time, I needed to get it out of my system and these two hubs (this one and the following one about communism) helped me to sort out my thoughts...I am happy it is useful for someone else as well:)


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

Beata, you have a powerful style of writing. In a few stanzas of poetry you have collected the evils of two opposing idealogies.

How sad is the story of your disillusioned grandfather. That must be how many of the young idealists ended their lives years after fighting to set up the same government that finally let them down.

Excellent work, Beata, voted up. And I'm following you.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, 'mizjo', happy to hear that you are my follower now, and even happier you enjoyed my hub:)

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    William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Well done, Beata. I like your style.

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