The concept of Property can and will exist under Socialism. The Work-Standard reinforces this fact because it recognizes that the Liberal Capitalist conception of Property is ill-suited for the Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein. What John Locke called “Private Property” in Two Treatises of Government is really just Private Wealth in terms of Kapital, just as Thomas Hobbes’ “Common Property” in Leviathan is the “Common Wealth” in terms of Kapital. The latter term, “Common Wealth,” is also the etymological basis behind the English term of ‘Commonwealth’ to describe its former colonies in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. American States like Virginia or Pennsylvania do retain this term within their full legal names (and in name only because of the American Revolutionary War granting them their independence from the British Empire).
Common and Private Properties are terms used by Liberal Capitalism to describe forms of political-economic governance based on whether any enterprise is owned by an “individual” or their “civil society.” It denies the existence of a “State” and a “Totality,” the Authentic Dasein of both absent due to the presence of an Inauthentic Dasein–another cold-hearted Individual, a Leviathan-like entity in the Hobbesian sense. This language is very peculiar because there are implications for an Individual to be perceived in objective terms from the a priori prepositions of subjective perceptions by another Individual.
Economically, this is discernable in the English language’s definition of a natural resource as a “Commodity,” where the inherent Fungibility erases the distinctions of identities and origins. In a financial market, a Commodity such as Crude Oil is going to labeled as just “Crude Oil” at the Commodities and Futures Markets. Distinctions like national origin, the method of extraction (like whether it is “fracked” or “drilled” out of the ground or at sea) and whether that Crude Oil is “Sour Crude” (less valuable) or “Sweet Crude” (more valuable) are not going to be addressed in detail. The outward appearances of a Commodity are only known to the perceptions of an Individual, but never will their true essence be known because it dwells inward as a thing-in-itself.
When a Liberal Capitalist relies on their ideological language to describe concepts like Arbeit and Geld, they are going to interpret them as “Labor/Labour” and “Capital.” This ‘Labor/Labour’ does not describe the “Work” which somebody does as part of a Vocation but focuses solely on the Individual involved with the Work itself for their share of the Profits as ‘Capital’. That ‘Capital’ has absolutely nothing to do with the Individual being involved anywhere in the financial process because the financial markets are too far and distant for the everyday reality surrounding them.
When the Liberal Capitalist decides to employ the concept of Commodity in order to rationalize the Work-Standard’s process of Arbeit into Geld and Geld into Arbeit, they are going to make very serious flaws in judgment. The results are well-documented and had been demonstrated by those European colonial empires that controlled nearly every corner of Earth in the 19th century.
Literally, they will make the flawed assumption that “People are Commodities” and “Currencies are Commodities.” An Individual can be treated as an unfree slave or an insecure employee spending long hours doing menial tasks for little or no Kapital to represent their share in the expropriation. That there is no inherent difference in the people creating the same good or service and no difference in the Currencies they are relying on. The real differences the Liberal Capitalist are going to encounter include the differences in “Comparative Advantage,” “Opportunity Cost,” “Marginal Cost,” “Incentives,” “Tax Rate,” and “Returns on Investment.” It convinces them that actual people do not exist as actual people but instead as the abstract identities of “Producers” and “Consumers” in an endless business cycle that ends with Asset-Price Bubbles bursting into Recessions and Depressions. In the case of actual flesh and blood people, the Liberal Capitalist can focus on them as “a collection of Individuals” and objectify them based on their appearance, genetic and biological features, where they received their education and what is their work experience (if any) and their willingness to generate most Kapital with the most amounts of Schuld.
Unbeknownst to the Liberal Capitalist, the Work-Standard stresses the need for people to voluntarily pursue their Vocations by actually being themselves, by realizing their Authentic Dasein as they are meant to be. Labor/Labour is not a Commodity because people are not supposed to be buying and selling other people on a so-called “Labor/Labour Market” as Producers and Consumers of Kapital and Schuld. Currency is not a Commodity because there are distinctions in the Quality of Arbeit among different Vocations that will yield a different Quality of Geld. These distinctions have already been explored in “The Transvaluation of All Arbeit” within the SMP Compendium. All people ought to be treated fairly and justly as the people they truly are.
When a Liberal Capitalist thinks of “Nationalization,” what are they really thinking? They perceive their “civil society” expropriating privatized commercial firms by Kapital, force or laws and then handing them over to bureaucrats lacking the expertise and experience to operate them, oblivious to the people involved in the daily affairs of those firms. When they perceive a Socialist nation-state ‘nationalizing’ a privatized commercial firm, they are expecting its “Total Mobilization of Production for Profit” to become a “Total Mobilization of Production for Utility.”
And what does a Liberal Capitalist think of “Privatization?” They understand it as their “civil society” returning the firms back to their original owner or more likely their new owners if the original one cannot be located. When they perceive a Socialist nation-state ‘privatizing’ a State-Owned Enterprise, they are expecting its State to let that SOE be controlled by its citizens and letting the SOE be exposed to the free market. They are convinced the SOE’s “Total Mobilization of Production for Utility” to become a “Total Mobilization of Production for Profit.”
But as explained earlier in another SMP Compendium entry, “The Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein,” neither Profit nor Utility accurately describes the concept of Property. Just as neither Profit nor Utility defines the VCS Economy, Private and Common Properties do not accurately describe the concept of Property in the VCS Economy. If neither Private nor Common Properties exist, what is the concept of Property as far as the Work-Standard is concerned? Do people have property and inheritance rights in the VCS Economy of the Socialist nation-state?
The Work-Standard defines Property as “Productive Property” and “Personal Property” to accommodate the VCS Economy, Council Democracy, Kontore and State Commissariats, and the whole process of Arbeit into Geld, Geld into Arbeit among the many Vocations. Property in this context refers specifically to “Productive Power” and “Personal Power” (as opposed to ‘Private Wealth’ and ‘Common Wealth’ in Liberal Capitalist conceptions of Property). These terms may seem odd to anyone trying to internalize them at first glance, necessitating a closer examination of the characteristics of both. We begin anew with the following: “It’s morning again in America…”
Imagine in a city somewhere within the Socialist nation, the State is commissioning an Individual as part of their Vocation to paint new works of art. All the basic essentials related to the Vocation in question such as the blank canvas, wooden easel, paintbrushes, palette and oil paints are provided by the State. The State may offer directions on what they would prefer the artist to create and may even reject the painting on a preferential basis, but they are nonetheless counting on the artist to actually create a work of art as part of their Vocation. How this Individual goes about creating that painting within the allotted Zeit permitted by the State is left to their discretion.
If the State appreciates the painting, the Individual will receive Geld in the form of their Paygrade. The State is allowed to officially display the painting and create copies of it and the State ensures the continuation of their Vocation. The State recognizes that the painting still belongs to that Individual, the Individual who created the painting in the first place. And if the State is uninterested in the painting, the Individual still reserves their Right to be given Geld for their efforts. That Individual still owns the painting; they are free to display the finished painting in their home and showcase it on their personal website, donate it to an art museum, or sell it to an art gallery, a local PDE (Public-Directed Enterprise) selling other finished paintings on behalf of the State. The State allows that Individual to make these choices because the State knows it is a part of their Vocation and the State allows the Individual to continue painting in recognition of their contributions.
There are the Powers which belong to the State (the State-Administrated Enterprise governing this Vocation) and there are Powers which belong to the Individual (the artist who created the painting). The Individual recognizes that the State has its Power to display the painting and the State recognizes that the Individual has their Power to do whatever with that painting. Note that this is not the only example where such arrangements are possible under the Work-Standard.
Continuing with the original example, imagine that this same Individual needed something which the State did not provide. It is not in the State’s Power to know whether the Individual wanted more exotic color palettes or a blank canvas large enough for their imagination. But with a Stipend included in their Vocation, this Individual is allowed to purchase additional colors or specific sizes of paintbrushes and canvases. The Individual spent the Geld from that Stipend on those specific products at an art supply store. The art supply store is the local branch of a National-Socialized Enterprise (NSE) as part of a chain of stores selling those art supplies on behalf of the State.
The local branch of this NSE is owned by another Individual as part of their Vocation. They are allowed to run and operate this local branch as they see fit, provided they demonstrate to their NSE their willingness to uphold the Intent of their Vocation (which is to sell art supplies to people like that artist who is now entering the building from the entrance). The Individual who owns this NSE is responsible for what happens to their store and ensuring that their subordinates are restocking the shelves, manning the registers, helping that artist and accepting an incoming delivery of additional art supplies in the back of the store. They do not have the Power to determine how much their subordinates are paid (that Power belongs to the State), but they do have the Power to decide how the storefront and interior layout are organized and what their subordinates will be doing on the day of the artist’s visit to purchase art supplies. They have the Power to allow one of their subordinates to announce the sale of art supplies, play music from a list approved by their NSE and enforced by the State, and personally ask the artist for help upon encountering them within one of the aisles. And while the owner of this local branch is not allowed to personally obtain art supplies on their own (that Power belongs to the NSE which this store is a member of), they do, however, have the Power to maintain ample stocks of art supplies that their superior NSE receives from SOEs (State-Owned Enterprise) manufacturing them by having them delivered through a local POE (Public-Owned Enterprise), whose truck drivers are making their rounds to deliver an assortment of different wares throughout the city.
A local family-owned restaurant is opening its doors as PDE, the sun’s rosy fingers ascending from the east. The grandparents who own the PDE is organized as part of a local Guild connected to the Chamber of their local Council, which represents the political-economic interests of all residing in the city. Even though their PDE is supposed to be affiliated with that Guild for as long as this PDE continues to exist, the grandparents still have the Power to pass on the PDE to their descendants tax-free and have the Power to enlist their children, grandchildren, friends and relatives to operate when they finally retire. They have the Power to serve the meals with the ingredients purchased from a grocer, another PDE, and keep knowledge of their recipes a secret.
In another part of the city, a civilian fishing vessel owned by a retired military veteran is arriving at a fishery near the docks. His crew are young men who are now returning to offload the shellfish they had caught from earlier. Both the captain and the crew are part of a POE of fishermen who are organized as members of their own Guild in a different Chamber of their local Council. The dockyard workers working at the fisher have Vocations as part of another SOE with the Power to repair the ship and send medical assistance to her captain and the crew if needed. They do not, however, have the Power to decide whether the captain and his crew will be selling the shellfish that are going to eventually be sold and ending up on a plate inside the aforementioned restaurant from earlier. The State’s primary involvement are the economic planners and accountants responsible for recording what has transpired here and sending the information on a computer network and the arriving ambulance coming to take an unconscious crewman to the city hospital.
Meanwhile, a bank teller at a downtown National-Socialized Bank (NSB) is accepting the deposits of a stay-at-home mother with her toddlers. Married to her husband, who is working at the government offices of the national police downtown, she asks that the 1,450 GDM on the counter be deposited to their account and have 264 GDM wired to the saving account of a teenage sister-in-law as a birthday gift. Outside the NSB, the downtown skyline boasts several skyscrapers. One of the buildings happens to be a hotel overlooking the rising sun as it ascends above the waters to the east. The hotel lobby has a convenience store and restaurant owned by the establishment itself, a POE. The people working here are serving the tourists who had arrived from a nearby train stain, who had arrived in the Socialist nation-state from the city airport, which is owned by the city itself and operated by the State as an SOE. The national airlines, like the trains which delivered these tourists to the train station, are owned by the State as SAEs.
Back outside, across from the hotel lobby about a hundred meters up a busy road of oncoming vehicular traffic is a bookstore overlooking the city park. This bookstore is actually a foreign firm, a specialty shop that the State allowed to operate within the nation to sell copies of imported Japanese light novels, manga and some anime, all of which have been translated in the local language by translators who happened to be light novel readers and anime viewers who have turned their passion into a State-sanctioned Vocation. The bookstore was also receiving another delivery from the same local POE that has been sending drivers in their delivery trucks around the city.
On the other side of the street, the trees and hedges around the park are well-trimmed, stone walls surrounding the park with its gates unchained and guarded. Past the gates are children riding their bikes and flying kites while their mothers are gossiping by the park benches. A newly-wed couple is setting up a picnic overlooking a bridge that crosses a pond and a marble fountain. Beyond the hedges, trees and stone walls is the entrance of the city’s State Commissariat and Kontore opening their doors. Across from them is a Catholic parish owned by the local Archdiocese and an all-girl Catholic high school owned and operated by sisters of the RSCJ (Religiosae Sanctissimi Cordis Jesu; ‘Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’), the latter organized as a member of the national educational system. The Catholic priests who conduct the Sacraments and the Catholic mass here are free to uphold the Intents of their vows without interference from the State, provided they and the local Archbishop allow the State to levy the Church Tax on their congregations to pay for the upkeep and maintenance costs of that parish and the nearby all-girl Catholic high school.
Later today, there is going to be a wedding at the parish and the families of the bride and groom will be with their friends and colleagues. With the Attrition Rate hovering below 3% and the Mechanization Rate at around 20% to accommodate Automation and protect affected Vocations for the groom’s upcoming Four-Year Work-Plan, he and his wife can look forward to their futures and the newly-constructed apartment in the city outskirts. “It’s morning again in America” and the Socialist nation-state “is prouder and stronger and better.” “Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?”
A “sacred oath,” not a ‘social contract’, best describes what is occurring here and everyone who partakes in the Vocation recites it as a vow on the day of their enlisting and in front of state functionaries who recognize them as part of the workforce. The sentiment can be described as this: ‘I am all of you and all of you are me, and the social bonds which we forge through the State are eternal. I for you, you for me in Solidarity – forever unending!’
Let no one call this way of life a dystopian Utopia or utopian Dystopia; it describes what Socialism shall be, rather than what it ought to be. Everything described here in the preceding paragraphs are all applications of Productive Property and Personal Property. The State recognizes the Powers of everyone involved as part of the Totality and everybody involved recognizes the Powers of the State as part of the Totality. Everyone involved in their Vocations are well-informed of their Constitutional Intents and Obligations, the legal Duties of their Vocations and their legal Rights as citizens of the Socialist nation-state.