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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Pure -isms
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:39 pm (1 comment)

A long time ago, I wrote about political terminology, but I guess I'll give it another spin. Even then I was muddling political terms with economic systems and I'll do it again now. Actually, no: I'm pretty much just talking about economic systems. And pretty much just two of them: capitalism and socialism.

In my opinion, any purely applied economic system is doomed to its obvious point of failure. Pure capitalism leads to de facto slavery wherein a few people own all the necessary resources and everyone else is completely devalued (for instance, consider if one person or group owned all the drinking water — only those who owned water would have any power.) Pure socialism drains the desire to create as all of ones needs are met which, in turn, leads to economic collapse as there are no workers to provide the services.

As such, I think there are two viable alternatives: capitalism tempered by socialism, and socialism tempered by capitalism. At first blush they seem nearly identical, but I argue that there is a critical difference: how it affects personal priorities.

Let me start with a socialist system tempered by capitalism because, at this point that I'm writing, I think doing so will make a more interesting argument with a stronger impact. If someone comes up with a new idea, their socialist side asks, "how will this help people?" They'd tend to favor ideas that help people. Then — as their socialism is tempered by capitalism — an idea that really does help people will lead them to financial reward.

On the other hand, a capitalist system tempered by socialism leads one with a new idea to think, "how can I make money with this?" As such, they'd tend to favor ideas that make money. But tempered with socialism, ideas that are socially costly would necessarily be financially costly to those who manifest that idea.

I find myself frustratingly mired in the latter scenario. In particular, I tire of people telling me, "you could make a lot of money with that." I feel terribly alone making things that I think help people and not getting attaboy'd for that facet of it. When I build a tall bike, people never seem particularly impressed that it makes the world smile — that it makes everyone just a little happier. When I talk about some new bike safety blinker, nobody cares that it might prevent someone from getting hit by a car. [Yeah yeah, I'm on a bicycling kick.] All they seem to care about is money. And they think I am (or that I will be, or that I should want to be) rich because of it.

In essence, I'm mired in the same thing that burns the midnight oil of the anti-socialists: I tire of people lingering around waiting for a cash hand-out. I'm not some goddamned leprechaun with a pot of gold stashed away hoping you don't find it. I'm just trying to have fun. That's among the oldest and most tenacious of my philosophical thoughts (I remember arguing with my high-school guidance councilor that "having fun" was a valid life goal.) So I cannot believe in any alternative. Money is not everything. He who dies with the most toys most certainly does not win. And money can't buy happiness. (Ok, so that last one really is the pacifying aphorism.)

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    This evening at 7 p.m. is a bit of South Wedge Architecture and History at The Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast (625 Mt. Hope Ave.) Note that the tickets are pre-sale only. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail]

    Tonight at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society starting at 7 p.m. In addition to "Beginner's Consultations", Roy Thurston will present a short program titled Utilizing the Internet for Canadian Genealogy and Canadian Genealogical Sites followed by Daniel W. Powers discussing Daniel Powers' Family in Early Rochester. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

    Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is the Opening Reception for New Art — Winter '10 at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) featuring works by Lorenzo Luciani, Debbie Piotrowski, Kim Reed, Rob Gale, and Joe Guy Allard. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    JayceLand Pick Dr. Andrew Moore will present an Archaeology Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. titled Searching for the First Farmers along the Adriatic: new excavations at Danilo and Pokrovnik. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will present a performance of a play titled The Dutchman today through Sunday at 8 p.m. According to their calendar, the "play deals with the deep rooted racism in our society" and includes a discussion afterward. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Jazz Lab Band starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Andy Warhol Screen Tests (a selection of 20 4-minute "silent film portraits of people who visited Andy Warhol's Factory" drawn from #1, #2, #3, and #4) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Hunger AnthemMySpace link, The DadsMySpace link, and Jellyroot starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) (657 East Ave.) is the Annual Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale. [source: City Newspaper]

    From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara), it's Happy Hour with String of Pearls followed at 9:30 p.m. by The ChinchillasGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    Starting at 7 p.m. tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (I think). [source: Baobab website]

    Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is a performance of Among the Nettles. [source: MuCCC website]

    Top Pick In a show apparently created for my own personal reminiscing, ska band 5HeadMySpace link returns to Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) for one performance after a 10-year hiatus along with excellent ska-driven rock from The BeaumontsMySpace link. [source: Record Archive e-mail] [16+]

    Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Agony and The Ecstasy of Phil Spector starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) is Velveteen FoxMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Facebook]

    Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Vinyl Orange Ottoman, and Baba YagaMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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    Today at Paychex (1175 John St., at University Park) is thir Fall Arts & Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Members' Archive Tour: The Making of a Photograph Exhibition. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Today at 4 p.m. at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Monty's Krown Chili Cookoff with music by The Rockin' Red & Billy Joe Trio with proceeds to benefit The Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS). [source: Facebook] [21+]

    Updated: Tonight at The Coffee Connection (681 South Ave., formerly the Women's Coffee Connection) is Baba GiMySpace link, and Jenna GiulianiMySpace link starting around 5 p.m. [source: Facebook]

    Over at St. Mary's Church (15 Saint Marys Pl.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Chorale [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ghost Bird starting at 8 p.m. Rumors of sightings of a thought-to-be-extinct woodpecker fuel this documentary. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick TurbineMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting WarbladeGarageBand linkMySpace link, SarcousMySpace link, and The Severed Head SarcophagusMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a screening of Crossroads, a Story of Forgiveness at 2 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    At today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 3 p.m., Kitty CheungMySpace link will play violin, and Albert Kim will play piano. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is hosting a Food and Clothing Swap today at 4 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Joy Division starting at 7 p.m. followed by Control at 8:45 p.m. The former examines the titular band's chronology in the late 1970's. The second, similarly, is a narrative about the lead singer's life during that time before his suicide in 1980. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    .sp.e.ak improv presents It's Too F@cking Cold tonight at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) at 8:30 p.m. [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The SerlingtonsMySpace link, good punk-rock from The EmersonsGarageBand link, and The Goons. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is High Aura'dMySpace link, Barn OwlMySpace link, Crush the JuntaMySpace link, experimental, melodic acoustic guitar from Andy GilmoreMySpace link, and Jen Marquart. [source: Carbon Records calendar]


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    This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Sign of Four starting at 8 p.m. An extremely rare (i.e. the Eastman House has the only known copy, if I remember Philip Carli's introduction last week) film chronicling an adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Philip C. Carli will return this week to provide piano accompaniment. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Today at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Act:Live Music Showcase starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Hard Day's Night starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Eddie Nebula's Awesome Sound, really great, tight, current punk-rock from 5 Watt BulbMySpace link, and The Driftwood SailorsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Top Pick Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting the great reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link, wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, and great funk from The Filthy FunkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Dirty Bourbon Blues BandMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

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