21 January, 2022

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Importance Of Teaching Capitalism In Schools

By Asoka Seneviratne

Asoka Seneviratne

I have no doubts that the heading alone with make many cynics raise eye brows!! In many countries including a large section of Sri Lankan populace “capitalism” has been made to look like a dirty word. The left oriented parties including the JVP have branded capitalism as a bad word. The mother of Capitalism, USA has been made synonymous with capitalism and bears the brunt of accusations by the left oriented groups.

On this topic, I am not referring to the US government foreign policy, or the wars it has been involved in or arm sales etc. This article is purely meant to address the economic system broadly called Capitalism. World used to adopt two distinct economic philosophies; one called Communism based on theories written on book Das Kapital by German philosopher Karl Mar, and the one professed by Scottish philosopher Adam Smith which is commonly known as Capitalism.

The essence of Capitalism is greed. Greed for making money by selling goods and services in an open and completive market place. On the other hand, Communism professes that all good and services must be provided by the government only. This system was introduced into the then Soviet Union soon after 1917 Russian revolution by Vladimir Ulyanov, popularly known as Lenin. After Lenin’s demise, a dangerous dictator named Stalin went on rampage with this system ending in the murder of about 20 million Russians. This failed economic system hated by its people eventually came to an end with the collapse of Soviet Empire in 1991 spearheaded by then Russian President Gorbachev. It was the end of a dark period in world history where human beings were barred from making money doing business while all production activities were owned by the government. Thousands of people in the communist block gave their lives in order to end this unsustainable economic model.

Since then the almost the whole world embraced some form of Capitalism including Communist China. Capitalism is built on the inborn greed of humans to make money.

Now how does modern day Capitalism really work? What institutions play the biggest role in creating wealth of nations in Capitalism? It is the Stock Market (US term) or the Stock exchange, Capital Markets as used by various nations. This is a public place where companies or general public buy and sell shares of companies. As the demand for shares goes up in great profitable companies, their share price goes up and vice versa. Trading as this is commonly called has given rise to billion dollars companies across the world. Some companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are worth over a trillion dollars or more.

In these economies, people and businesses are highly incentivized to invent and develop products that have a demand. A successful product can make a company so rich that they might want to take the company public into the stock market. The big bucks and millions of dollars are made there. Those million allow companies to expand and develop bigger and better products.

Thus the governments pick up taxes, people get jobs, technologies advance and broadly speaking countries get rich. Capitalism works.

Now here is the downside. With millions if not billions of $ wealth, these companies get politically powerful thereby influencing the legislature and the economic or even foreign policies. The United States is not insulated from this either and is a big problem. This can lead to the ugly side of capitalism of abuse, bribery etc. Like everything in life, Capitalism while being is the biggest engine of economic growth, can also can get ugly.

Hence the need for an effective and independent regulatory network and laws. One cannot over emphasize the need for this. The laws are mostly intended to create an even playing field for all companies while also ensuring the wealth created by companies are distributed through a wise tax system.

So why should kids in Sri Lanka learn about Capitalism, Stock market, trading etc.? Because it teaches them about the benefit of inventions and creations. It teaches them about company valuations, it teaches them about how to create wealth, expand tax base and build infrastructure. It teaches them what drives kids in rich nations to invent and build new products and services. It teaches them how rich countries have amassed massive wealth and remains rich, how their products dominate the world. It also teaches them

In other words, the rich capitalist nations offer massive financial incentives for inventions through their capital markets.

In my opinion, starting form Grade 10, every child no matter what discipline they lean at school, should have a dedicated period for this subject. It should be a priority and the same emphasis we give to science and math should be given to this subject. They should be taught how giant corporations were founded in small home garages and developed into giants. I have no doubt those who attend rich or private schools already have some understanding of this through their family or friends. But not that village school kid. The bright ones of these schools who may well may be smart potential future inventor or a businessman should not be deprived of this most crucial knowledge base.

The teaching should not be confined to text books and exams. They should be demonstrated using modern techniques examples of how capital markets function, how venture capitalists finance start-ups that grown into giant corporation and science , technology and medicine have all made vast advances thanks to these capital markets. World has benefitted from this system but it still needs perfection!

Finally thousands of bright young men and women have migrated to the West and started Start-ups that were great successes that prove that talent and ingenuity is not confined to the West alone. Dozens of bright young men and women form the poorer countries have ended up leading some of the largest companies in the west too.

So it is incumbent of our governments to equip our kids with the right kind of knowledge to succeed in the business world. After all without business, there would not be economies, jobs or wealth creation.

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    The capitalism of the kind you talk about no longer exists. American style capitalism has now morphed into a dangerous corporatocracy that’s driven the US to a point of insanity. Capitalism in Europe is no longer capitalism, but a tightly controlled socialist capitalism. Capitalism in countries like ours has degenerated into being a bankroll for the powerful and already wealthy, bringing no benefit to the public.

    Pure capitalism died. No one of my parents’ generation was informed, it would seem.

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      KP92 – The subject matter is not what form of capitalism exists today. It is about the importance of teaching SL kids how capital markets drive kids to invent products and services in the hope of going public where they can potentially get very rich, create thousands of jobs and pay a ton of taxes to the governments.

      I can bet you, a good 80 % of Lankan kids coming out of A or O levels have no ides of this subject matter. We need to teach all our kids in a realistic manner how capitalism of the kind I am talking about incentivize people to invent.

      Dont belive me. The US inventions that the world over uses like Microsoft OS, Touch and smart phones like Apple and Android and Google where billions use daily and FB also used by millions across the world were all invented / created as a result of the gigantic financial rewards capital markets offer.

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        Too late. All’s been done already. Capitalism is saturated!

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    To say that capitalism is built on an inborn greed of humans to make money, is not an accurate statement. Capitalism is an economic system in which labour and means of production are managed by private individuals or organizations; Not by the State.
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    If greed or whatever it is is inborn, there is no way that that greed could be wiped out. As such, Capitalism should be welcome as the natural choice for an economic system.
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    China always worked towards being a capitalistic state, but managed to camouflage its ambition, neatly, to give the impression that it was a communist state. Hats off to them!

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      Nathan,
      It’s rather like trying to make vegans out of a species that has canine teeth.
      Capitalism simply fits human nature. Most humans are greedy. Sad but true.

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        Capitalism is not bad. But the practice of Capitalism can become dangerous to the common man if the state does not implement the necessary checks and balances on the business owners.

        In a country like Sri Lanka where the judicial system is non existent, or highly biased towards the rich, Capitalism will make things even harder for the common man.

        As things stand, whether we like it or not, SRI LANKA is highly capitalist anyway.

        Prices of things are through the roof. The only instance the government steps in is to impose negative policies like limiting teachers salaries etc….

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      KP92 – The subject matter is not what form of capitalism exists today. It is about the importance of teaching SL kids how capital markets drive kids to invent products and services in the hope of going public where they can potentially get very rich, create thousands of jobs and pay a ton of taxes to the governments.

      I can bet you, a good 80 % of Lankan kids coming out of A or O levels have no ides of this subject matter. We need to teach all our kids in a realistic manner how capitalism of the kind I am talking about incentivize people to invent.

      Dont belive me. The US inventions that the world over uses like Microsoft OS, Touch and smart phones like Apple and Android and Google where billions use daily and FB also used by millions across the world were all invented / created as a result of the gigantic financial rewards capital markets offer.

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      Nathan – For what other reasons people open companies, big or small, other than to make money , charities excluded ?

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        asoka1958,
        The need to make money is there for all of us. A desire to make more of it is in those seeking more comforts in life.
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        Disparaging endeavors to make more money inhibits innovations.
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        If you differ, it is better that we end this discussion here.

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    A. S.’s contribution here makes him a great teacher. Unfortunately, who is going to give flesh to his educational view in S.L., where educational policies are determined by vote catchers. Hope this great teacher continue to press for his educational view finds it place in SL Educational curriculum.
    -A.Sellathurai

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      Mr.Sellathurai, Lanka is more interested in teaching , their made up history than economy. It is all about who arrived first, who killed whom, pseudo patriotism, 2500 years of civilization blah, blah. For people, to not question , services were provided free at cost (education, health). But now country is bankrupt and people have enough worries, they do not have the luxury to question.

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    Here when all the major capitalistic creations that jump-started modern day capitalism (of which the initial money was created from colonial pursuits and slavery), have already been done, and will sustain the world for the next 1,000 years,
    And major inventions and innovations are now only done on incremental scales (like a tweak of the dna and things),
    And countries are scrambling to consolidate the existing creations for all to enjoy in Democratic Socialistic fashion so that there will be world peace and the absence of nuclear war,
    Our Motherlander is encouraging Motherland to enter the capitalistic arena. How outdated.

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    Capitalism is based upon the ideas of private property and contracts, which are themselves derived from the natural laws. See Bastiat’s “The Law”.

    In the capitalist system man produces by mixing his labour with resources, and thereafter exchanges his production for money with consenting other parties. Since private exchange can only ever be voluntary it is beneficial to society.

    He accummulates capital which he can use to invest and increase production. This is basic capitalism.

    Notice greed is not a feature. A man may produce to service his needs and take care of his family. But where there is greed capitalism channels it so that it can only benefit society and not hurt it. That is because the only way to service greed is to produce more and exchange more with consenting other parties.

    Notice also that government is not necessary for capitalism as it does not feature in private exchange.

    Where capitalism goes awry is when private parties use the coercive power of government to improve their situation, e.g. IP law, regulation, taxes and so on. This has more in common with Socialism as the individual need is overriden in favour of the social need.

    Socialism is like a cancer that diminishes productive activity, leading to poverty, starvation, and death in the millions.

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      RizMoh,

      Your capitalism is based upon trade within small communities, and trading with small outside communities with small commodities, to places ones manages to travel to……the harrowing journey itself diminishes the capacity to greed-fill the eyes unless one is a pirate.

      When modern technological advances and interconnection come in, together with the Colonial plantation capitalism -technique and mentality, and these propogate into the future generations, traditional capitalism takes the exponential leap into modern day piracy, of which caring communitues set up regulatory governments for those suffering the ill- effects of the total capitalistic piracy.

      But come to think about it, there were a lot of hand-choppings and beheadings in the days of yore.

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    Great idea!

    Capitalism, business skills and power politics must be taught at schools.

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      Capitalism in the hierarchy of historical materialism was just below socialism and above feudalism.

      The society historically moved effortlessly from the lowest primitive communism, through slavery, feudalism and then capitalism but remained stationery after reaching the capitalist stage.

      It was because capitalism learnt quickly reformed itself and got rid of many repressive practices and thereby became a tolerable popular philosophy and thereby he left and socialist and communist political faces natural deaths.

      The antagonistic contradiction that led to class war between capitalists who own the means of production and the workers who made production possible were diluted to a level that the differences between capitalists and workers had become indistinguishable.

      Further, the multinational companies and public companies promoted workers to have shares in their companies making the workers partners in the ownership of the means of production.

      Furthermore, the EPF, ETF, Labor tribunals, human rights, Social welfare policies adopted by popular governments had contributed a lot to bring this conciliation.

      What is now required is strict legislative measures to prevent monopolies and anti-people practices.

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        Sri-Krish,

        That’s what more productive Capitalistic countries did. Our Motherland did the bare minimum and all the money was always concentrated for the top Elite since JR’s time……and just look how the current GoSL operates.

        All the years of capitalism produced little creations or innovations in Sri Lanka. Now when the world is mostly socializing to consolidate their existing capitalistic structure, we (having poor oppressive one) need to go a level down to Democratic Socialism.

        The way Sri Lanka now operates with repressive militaristic regime, is that it is actually a Communist state : Workers working in hard labour-camps for country debt, their remittances strictly controlled, one family politburo deciding how the money is to be spent, and money concentrated at the top for the Politburo strength. With the military regime in place, soon all in the country will be controlled that way.

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    Is not what is taught as economics mostly if not entirely about capitalism?
    Do they teach ‘capitalism’ as a subject or a theme in school curricula in capitalist countries?
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    I am amazed to hear that “Capitalism is built on the inborn greed of humans to make money”. If greed for money is inborn, when did money enter the daily lives of people?
    Before that what happened to this ‘inborn’ trait?
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    Once a situation is created where one needs money for nearly everything people accumulate money, often as a necessity.
    The language instinct is unique to humans.
    What are besides instinctive are desire for security, urge to have control over one’s life, and of course the many animal instincts.
    The desire for private property derives from a sense of insecurity.

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    I am not very educated, however with my very limited education, I agree with the author.
    This is a better option than what was practiced by the USSR and Mao’s China.
    I agree that there has to be a control on Wealth of individuals but there must be an incentive for people to work.
    (Contd.)

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    Due to the prevailing situation in our country now many are clamouring for the NPP.
    A rose by any other name is still a rose. To me , so is the JVP. In 1988 , thanks to their methods I lost my job out of fear .I was then 42 years old. Colombo was bad Kandy was worse. I read an article Prof. Gananth Obeyesekere’s wife as to how bad it was.

    (Contd.)

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    What was theory then and the reality now is not the same. Does it mean people from non capitalistic world are free of greed. If so why is that most including China and Russia are rated highly corrupted by their own citizens ?? The authors of these political theories had one thing in common ,which is, nation to grow, develop and prosper so that all citizens will enjoy a better quality of life. Obviously most capitalistic countries had better success compared to their counter parts. Regardless of political theories, a strong judiciary / low and order is a must. Many western/ capitalistic countries have such robust systems intact, holding citizens accountable.Right now Trump is facing such system. Where as Communist,to provide goods and services , took the law into their hands, and politicians not only turned super rich but used it to suppress their citizens. Capitalist are able to incorporate democracy in their system where as communist tend to turn into anti democratic regimes. Last but not least Capitalist went on further to become much more capitalistic, where as Marxism, simply died. So called policies (foreign) ,which are not part of the original theory, were created by individuals/politicians for their own/party convenience. It is like some one using Einstein/Newton’s Law for their own purpose and blaming science aftermath.

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      sorry not low and odor , that is in Lanka. LAW and ORDER.

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    The greatest communist country China is on course to become the richest and economic power house overtaking USA. How ? by adopting a Capitalist economic model

    However however our friend ChiChi has bestowed his Wisdom on our poor souls – says Sri Lanka should abandon English Language and make Sinhala the business language and language of education
    ( All Government Businesses – public services are in Sinhala even in pre dominantly Tamil areas.)

    ChiChi may bestow his wisdom on Capitalism as well – and suggest that Sri Lanka abandon Capitalism and adopt Rajapasaism – ChiChi to define.

    PS;-ChiChi knows everything from Space science to Capitalism – he adopts socialism – i.e he lives on tax payers money

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    Now I am 75 years old. I was not educated enough to go to a University. From outside I have watched with disgust how the socialist harass the other students. University students are educated by the taxpayers funds and instead of studying and qualifying in the chosen field they are famous for disrupting the studies of every student in the University. During 2015-2019 their envy was very visible.
    There are very few free Universities. They envy the others who attempt to pay their way through an education.
    ( Cont.)

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      Vijaya,
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      If the education (Erziehung) would be measured exlusively, by degree qualifications, you would have been right. But looking at all the good leaders of the world, that really did something to their own folks sofar, you may be wrong. You must not necessarily be a graduate so long you are sensitive and sane enough to give a leadership.
      :
      Unfortunately, in today s context in srilanka, neither education, nor any kind of due sanity is seen in the leadership. Gotabaya would have been successful, if he became the ” hangman” after bringing that gallow back to action. Right at the moment, with all high crimes becoming routinzed, reimplementation of gallow could do lot more good to the nation. That is my opinion as a srilanken, who lives outside of the island bounderies.

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    The only thing positive I have observed about the socialists, was that they were for equality for Sinhala and Tamil speaking people ,unlike the UNP and the other Sinhala majority political parties but other than that, their belief of making everyone poor ( other than those honourable socialist leaders)
    as a solution , even to an uneducated old man like me is very clear that it has not worked and will not work.

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    The capitalism you wish for is long dead and gone ……….. the best period of capitalism was when the monopolies were broken ……… when Standard Oil was split …….. when AT&T was split ……..

    Now the monopolies are back ……….


    ” In the early 1880s, a clever lawyer named S. C. T. Dodd figured out how
    companies could get around the laws against cartels by forming trusts.”

    “One-third of all public companies in the United States disappeared into
    trusts and mergers between 1895 and 1904. In most major industries, trusts
    and conglomerates were raising prices at will. They were throwing their
    weight around in all areas of commerce.
    The American people saw what was happening, competitors disappearing
    in one industry after another, the owners of trusts raking in the millions and
    building summer “cottages” as big as army barracks along the coast at
    Newport, Rhode Island. So the public turned against the trusts.”

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      continued

      “People realized that the giant companies would tighten their hold on the
      smaller companies, forcing them to join trusts or be driven out of business,
      and if this trend were allowed to continue, prices for everything would jump
      through the roof, and the wallets of the nation would be sucked dry. With a
      few insiders controlling both prices and wages, free-market capitalism would cease to exist.
      This was one of the scariest periods in American history, and it is rarely
      discussed.”

      “The unions, the newspapers, the courts, and some courageous politicial
      leaders all had a hand in foiling the trusts and rescuing the country from the
      greedy few. It if hadn’t been for these trust busters, we could have gotten
      ourselves into a situation in which the average person in America was no
      better off than a Russian peasant.”

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      Hence the need for a good regulatory network and oversight as I had mentioned.

      The large point is capitalism is the biggest engine of growth world knows so far.

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    Vijaya: You keep on harping that you are not well educated. Well, let me tell you, you are quite well educated! The fact that you can write intelligibly in English alone shows that you don’t need to suffer any inferiority complex. If you are still not convinced, compare your educational level with that of our parliamentarians!

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    Dear SL friend who responded.

    Thank you for your valuable responses. But please note that the purpose of my article was to highlight the need about teaching our kids about how Capital markets work, venture capitalists t fund start up companies, how this system incentivize inventions, how the companies that go public contribute to create a ton of jobs, pay massive taxes and the millions they rake up in the capital markets lead to bigger and better inventions.

    Our kids deserve to live NOT as frogs in the well !

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    Dear Captain Morgan, thank you for the encouragement. I just read the contributions made by others on this topic, they are so so knowledgeable and so well presented.
    In my first comment, I said, “This is a better option than what was practiced by the USSR and Mao’s China. I agree that there has to be a control on Wealth of individuals but there must be an incentive for people to work.”
    I am a Christian. I believe that one day, very soon the rapture of the Bride of Christ will take place and within a period of about 7 years after that the Lord Jesus Christ will come the second time ,this time to reign on the throne of David for a 1000 years.
    (Continued below)

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    (Continued ) I failed to say who comprises the Bride of Christ. The Bride of Christ, is the body of Christ,
    the Church (not the traditional churches ) but individual sinners who have repented of their sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal saviour, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. Salvation is a free gift purchased by the death, burial and resurrection of the creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    ( Continued below)

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    ( Continued) The book of Acts , in the New Testament of the Bible, in Chapter 2, describes the coming of the Holy Spirit, after the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was the Holy Spirit who represents the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth, not any human leader ( this was taught by the Lord Jesus Christ on the night of His betrayal and is recorded in the book of John, in chapters 14-16 ).
    A glimpse of the socialism that will be practiced, during the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth is given in Acts 2 :42-47. I hope to append that below:

    (continued below)

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    ( Continued )
    Acts 2:
    42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

    The body of the Lord Jesus Christ grew , under persecution ,with love for their enemies. They loved one another , they shared , they forgave one another and the good news of the gift of salvation
    purchased by the blood shed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Many died for what they believed. They did not harm anyone who did not believe, as long as they were being ruled by the Holy Spirit.

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      Dear Vijaya,
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      You’re new to commenting here, aren’t you?
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      I’m a villager who makes so many comments on Colombo Telegraph, that most readers are heartily sick of me. Just ask nimal Fernando.
      .
      I will have many observations to make, but let me tell you simply and bluntly that I have by now decided to vote consistently for the NPP.

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      Vijaya,
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      Although the subject under discussion is political, your comments have been mostly religious. Never mind, it bespeaks honesty.
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      The NPP is NOT just the old JVP which you recall with shudders. They were entitled to an MP from the National List after the November 2020 Parliamentary Elections. Whom did they nominate? A person who isn’t even a member of the JVP. Dr Harin Amarasuriya.
      .
      The NPP was a coalition of 28 parties. I know only the JVP by name. Well, they decided to appoint a woman who was a lecturer in the Open University.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe ( NIC 483111444V)

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      Vijaya,
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      I’m sorry this has got a bit disorganized because these comments are coming from my phone. You will find a lot more comments by me, below the article by Lukman Harees.
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      I think that Harees is a Muslim. He believes in one God ( Allah) and you believe in one God. Then isn’t it the same God? So, it’s all like the blind men of Hindustan and the elephant. None of us sure, although you speak of personal experiences of God.
      .
      But you say that God is ineffable. One way or another I cannot know your experience of God. Once I die, all will be known. Let me postpone knowledge of such things until I breathe my last.
      .
      Please think carefully before voting and ask others also to vote intelligently. I can’t tell you whom to vote for, but I’m not going to keep you guessing about my current intentions. If I change my mind, I’ll try to let you know.
      .
      I know what you will do now. You’ll pray for me.

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    Isn’t Lanka already have some sort of Marxism/ Socialism , where public is working hard to support Rajapaksas, their family, extended family, friends, supporters —-.

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    All living organisms are greedy and will manifest in different forms, no amount of preaching by religious bodies or even teaching moral values from infancy is going to offset this natural instinct.

    Profit motive is built on this basic instinct.

    What we could do is to regulate this motive by diverting this towards nobler causes, minimizing their ill effects to society.

    Cooperatives are a model that harmonizes the greed and social benefit towards economic prosperity is worthy of imitation.

    The Scandinavian countries in Western Europe are proceeding in a successful direction and all others have a lot to learn from their experiences.

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    Dear Vijaya,
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    You’re new to commenting here, aren’t you?
    .
    I’m a villager who makes so many comments on Colombo Telegraph, that most readers are heartily sick of me. Just ask nimal Fernando.
    .
    I will have many observations to make, but let me tell you simply and bluntly that I have by now decided to vote consistently for the NPP.

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    Capitalism should be reformed with an upper limit on individual wealth. There is a new area of moral philosophy that studies the impact of such limits and is called ‘limitarianism.’ Ingrid Robeyns at the University of Utrecht has done some work on this; I have had some conversations with her.

    We need to encourage young people with talent to work hard and there should be adequate monetary rewards for that. But we also need to be aware that ‘success’ is a combination of hard work and luck, that there is something called ‘unmerited’ wealth, that profits are made by selling overpriced good and services, that the lack of transparency of the production process allows this pricing power, etc.

    In simpler terms, we could say millionaires are OK, but not billionaires. The concentration of excessive wealth in a few billionaires has profoundly distorted not only capitalism, but democracy itself.

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    Dear Panini , nice to be in touch with you again.I have been praying for you and will continue to pray for you, that like me , you and all on this forum may one day be in heaven, after accepting the free gift of eternal life,which the Lord Jesus Christ purchased by dying for the sins of the world.
    I am the worst of the worst sinners for whom the Lord Jesus Christ died, but He died for sinners.
    Not good people. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
    Yes. I am new in commenting.But I have been reading the comments made on many topics on this forum for a very long time
    A very sad thing that I have noticed is the way some address others when commenting.
    Whether one believes he evolved or was created, each one is equal to the other.
    Continued .

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      Dear Vijaya,
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      It’s nice to think that we knew each other, but you may have been using some other name.
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      Please don’t confuse everybody by saying that you’re the worst of sinners. You’re obviously a good man
      .
      I’m no authority on evolution, and I’m not competent to teach you. But humans are NOT descended from one man and one woman. That’s definitely untrue, but I’m as definitely not going to assert details that I don’t know.
      .
      It is the biblical allegory that has us all descended from only Adam and Eve Not laterally, but OK as allegory.

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    (Continued)
    Let’s assume we evloved.There was one man and one woman, where ever anyone wishes that to be.
    We are not decendants of 100 couples who were born , some as low caste ( me for example) and some as high caste.
    What does it matter when we came to Ceylon, what language we speak ?
    We are not going to take a part of Ceylon , when we are reborn (as some believe ).
    I wonder , what language they spoke, in their previous birth?
    I hope all the high caste people on this forum will take note that they too will die.

    Continued

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    Continued.
    As far as NPP or JVP, those being elected through them are mere human beings.
    I believe that the bible is God’s Word for many reasons. One is the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures made many 100 years before the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, being fulfilled in the Christian Greek Scriptures. The other which is very relevant to me is
    Jeramiah 17
    9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    That is my heart.

    I expected too much during 2015-2019.Those elected failed.They too are mere human beings.
    So will NPP and those elected through them, as they too are human beings.

    Continued

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    Continued
    I feel sorry for the Tamil speaking people.They have an equal right to be ruled by Tamil speaking people.It will not happen during my lifetime.Even if it did, I feel sad for the Tamils speaking people.
    There was a very good question by a gentleman in the article by CVW, about Tamils being the original inhabitans of Ceylon, as to what he did for the Tamils during his time as big boss of the Northern provincial council. He did nothing for the Tamils.
    The Sinhal politicians did not do anything for the poor nor will the Tamil leaders.Why?
    Because they believe in Karma. They will not lift a finger to help low caste people.They too will
    do only for themselves.
    In India , there are about 200 million low caste people.India is a rich country. But they keep the untouchables, poor. That is their religion
    So, will those elected under NPP or any other name.
    We human beings are selfish. Those elected will enrich themselves.

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