Capitalism - Ask me about my privatization


The idea of privatization comes from the notion that private companies have the ability to take care of what government cannot do. Yet, we see that is really a fallacy. A pipe dream. We see that privatization may not have the people in mind. 

They say the operation of the free market is crucial to promote productive efficiency and foster harmony and peace among the people of the world. Can we really believe that though? With the increase of productivity, we find increased profits, but not increased prosperity. We are seeing rising suicide rates, higher debt to income ratios, and lower life moral. More importantly, the opportunity for high quality, stable jobs have declined. Yet when you listen to conservative news channels, they are eager to boast about the nonexistent unemployment rate.

The reality is that marginalized communities, particularly Black communities, are hit the hardest because of privatization because it allows discrimination to be more discrete. Understanding that white supremacy is alive and well, the people behind these companies have the power to make decisions without accountability that perpetuate disparities and affect generations of marginalized people. All it takes is for a company that get subsidized by the government to have an executive officer that believes Black people are inferior to white people to taint the system. Deny Black people contracts and giving priority to white contractors without any oversight is why we see what we see today. Ultimately is that good for society, and does that live up to the mission of true capitalism?

What we need to understand is that the idea of capitalism that we know of is an American creation. A good, a service created and exported from the U.S. The idea of capitalism was embraced so much that they spread the idea of the free market to every part of the world they had influence in. When others buy into them, some things work, but other (rather most) things fall flat on their face and through the cracks.

The big question is whether more capitalism is better, or is there a point where too much goes too far… If so, who pays for that?

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Capitalism - For the greedy or the worthy?

Capitalism - For the greedy or the worthy?

“The question is which system has the greatest chance for enabling poor people to improve their lives?” Milton Freedman says, “And on that, the evidence of history speaks with a single voice. The freer the system the better off the ordinary poor people have been.” Is that really true, though? In many ways, yes. The economy grows and inflation declines. Countries become richer, economic successes. From the outside capitalistic societies look like miracles at work. Harmonious sequences of independent free thinkers creating opportunities and profiting from them in a scalable fashion. Yet, if you dive deeper, the reality is jarring. For the average person, day to day harsh realities of life are overshadowed by the economic progress seen in the dollar signs. Much of the economic gains accrue to the rich and not the middle- and lower-class participants. As a result, many were not seeing their lives improve.

When you remove the social safety nets, does that improve prosperity through free market?
The western world has touted that Capitalism provides the best opportunity for the poor to reach economic freedom. Many citizens are fed the notion that by removing restraints on the free market, they will get the full benefits of the free market. Less regulations means more money for the people. The reality is that removing those restraints ends up making it harder for people to improve their lives because it takes time for the free market to give returns on investments. Many will go years before they can cash in on their pensions and benefits of privatized infrastructure. Often many see in America and Chile that those who pay into their retirement plans over decades find themselves with returns that are less than the threshold for living in poverty. This affects everyone in the middle and lower class.

Who is affected because of this? Well marginalized communities of course. These guard rails are in place to benefit everyone and minimize the effects of greed and corruption. They act as an accountability system to make sure that organizations don’t try to take advantage of the system to cut expenses and line their pockets with the savings. When that accountability is gone, what is left to balance the power structure?

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OSU football player hosts benefit art show - The Daily Barometer

OSU football player hosts benefit art show - The Daily Barometer

The Daily Barometer
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 02:04

Reser Stadium is typically a place where football games are played. Steven Christian spent this past season participating in those games for the Beavers.

On Saturday night, the grad student and Oregon State University safety entered the familiar building for a different reason.

Christian hosted “Artistic Beavers,” an exhibition featuring his own art and the work of other OSU students to raise money for cancer.

Price of admission was $5, and there was a silent auction selling OSU football memorabilia. All proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

“I’ve done something in regards to the American Cancer Society every year for the past couple years,” said Christian, who is working toward a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. “I do it because cancer is such a universal thing. I have the opportunities and abilities to draw, and because I’m a student athlete, I have that notoriety. I might as well do something that benefits the community as a whole.”

While cancer impacts millions of people, it has had a major effect on Christian’s life. Christian said he has had close to 20 family members suffer from the disease.

“I know a lot of friends that have family affected by cancer,” Christian said. “I have a lot of family directly affected by cancer, and it’s such a wide-spread, universal disease, so anything I can do to help is good.”

The majority of the work on display was Christian’s, but close to 10 artists had art on display Saturday night. Having the event in Reser Stadium, with the added attraction of OSU head coach Mike Riley speaking, provided a unique showcase for student artists.

“It’s always good to get your artwork out there,” said Shaylynn Allen, a senior in art and a featured artist at the event. “For being his first art show, this is quite a first show.”

Christian planned the event in January but did not know whether or not the event would even happen. Saturday night was the culmination of a four-month effort.

“It’s been overwhelming support,” Christian said. “Just that people are here is amazing to me. I just thought of this when I was laying down and I said, ‘Oh, I’ll have an art show.’ For it to come to fruition four months later, I’m in awe right now.”

Christian transferred to OSU at the beginning of fall term from the University of Hawaii, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience.

Most college athletes struggle to balance school and their respective sport. Christian manages grad school classes as well as football, while maintaining a website featuring artwork, comics and animations all produced by him.

“It’s very cool,” said Malcolm Marable, a junior in new media communications and teammate of Christian’s. “As far as all the stuff [football players] do, we have a lot of stuff going on. If he can find time to do all this artwork and put a show on for a good cause, it’s very cool.”

Riley has said he has never had a player quite like Christian during his tenure as OSU’s head football coach.

“I’m just simply impressed,” Riley said. “He’s got a unique talent that not many of us have but in the middle of being a student, being a student athlete, to put on an event like this, I’m really impressed by it and proud of him.”

While Christian’s coaches and teammates are in awe of his achievements, he does not find his workload to be overwhelming.

“I don’t think about it being too much, because I love doing all of these things,” Christian said. “It’s just like somebody that plays Halo or Call of Duty in their free time. They go to school and play a sport too, so it’s kind of the same thing.”

Christian was granted a sixth year of football eligibility in the winter and will return to the team next season. Regardless of what kind of a year he has on the field, Christian’s biggest contribution came Saturday night.

“He’s special,” Riley said. “He’s got a lot going on that’s very positive. This was a really neat thing.”

Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor
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Poster concept

Here is a poster concept for my new series

Lion king sketch

Another little sketch I added to my sketchbook about the best moments in lion king

Water Color Painting - Bleeding Eyes

Just got some new water brush pens off of amazon today so i decided to crank out the watercolor pencils and test them out. Check out the video below of my whole process.