QUOTE (Sanders @ Dec 30 2011, 08:22 AM)
True capitalism is the answer to all our problems
This is still capitalism... capitalism is always evolving, it adapts to changing conditions, reinvent itself with every crisis it creates, even if you started with a level playing field, there would still be winners and losers, accumulation of capital and greater control by the few over the market, increased influence on public officials and so on. The bourgeois state is a creation of and is there to serve capitalist interests at every level, to facilitate it's expansion, it even precipitates wars to control markets and ensure availability of cheap resources and labour, the European and imperialist wars were mostly about that. (Read war is a racket by General Smedley D. Butler) in fact in order to flourish capitalism does needs a strong and powerful state.
Today capitalism is more international in scope more focused on financial speculation than production since the buying power of the majority is shrinking overall. This "success" has been achieved in part by keeping wages low and profit high, somebody predicted the development of this casino economy 150 years ago. It's a bit like Israel, by winning all the time capitalism has eventually painted itself into a corner, next stop fascism, and that will still be another form of capitalism, endless profit and control by the "winners", corporations and governments working together to control the economic order and subjugate the population, same as it ever was but on a much grander scale.
We need to create an alternative which is truly democratic and locally controlled, creating links between worker owned enterprises, small business and local governments, creating municipal and state banks that would reinvest locally and be independant of wall street, making capital more democratic and serving the public interest. The good news is that there is already movement in that direction, but it needs to be more deliberate, more focused. On a recent trip to Nova Scotia I went through several towns where cooperatives controlled much of the local economy with fishing, canning, food and shopping centres, gas stations, and banking coops, it seems everywhere I looked there was a coop, so this is possible and it does work, I would argue that this perspective is much closer to what Marx proposed than what happened in the soviet union but in the end understanding what needs to be done is more important than the labels we use.