12 October 2008

27. A Capitalist Mindset vs. A Statist Mindset

I approach this posting by listing what I think are essential, crucial, and important life-approaching traits that tend to orient a person either towards a Capitalist Mindset, or orient a person towards a Statist Mindset. The traits of the Capitalist Mindset are listed first, followed by the traits of the Statist Mindset. The traits are numbered so that the lists can be compared to each other.

The TRAITS of the CAPITALIST MINDSET

Note: this is my own list and it is not associated with any professional works.

1- Reality and facts orientation
2- Reason, and Reason-guided Emotions orientation
3- Concepts and Ideas tied to, and conform with, reality (facts) orientation
4- Individual & Independent thinking/thought orientation
5- The “I” mentality orientation
6- Individual Rights & Property Rights orientation
7- Individual Freedom orientation
8- Laissez-faire Economic Freedom orientation
9- Wealth Production orientation
10- Wealth and Profit Admiration & Protection orientation
11- Private Property orientation
12- Pro-Man and Property Rights orientation
13- Freedom of all people and societies orientation
14- Private Voluntary Peaceful Cooperation orientation
15- Individualism orientation
16- Pursuit of a Strong, High Self-Esteem orientation
17- Rational Selfishness orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
18- Self-reliance orientation
19- Self-responsibility orientation
20- Purposeful Action orientation
21- Sincerity and honesty towards others when mistaken ideas and actions are pointed out orientation
22- Responsible for one’s personal negative and/or irrational choices, actions, & shortcomings orientation
23- Sincerity in social relationships orientation
24- Respecting the Privacy of People’s Lives orientation
25- Protection of the Individual’s Right to His/Her Own Life orientation
26- Justice orientation
27- Motivation by Love orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
28- Courage and Focus orientation
29- Solution orientation
30- “Eager Intelligence” (ref. Dr. George Reisman) orientation
31- Long-range Planning orientation
32- Economic Awareness, personal & overall orientation
33- Broad, full-context view of Economics orientation
34- “Full Context” orientation
35- Confronts facts orientation
36- Pursuit of Truth orientation
37- Inspiration orientation
38- Hope orientation
39- Independent-Rational Confidence orientation
40- Pursuing & Achieving Independent/Individualist-oriented Positive Goals and Happiness orientation

-- For a brief discussion by Any Rand on being motivated by love as opposed to being motivated by fear, see:
- Motivation by Love vs. by Fear at The Ayn Rand Lexicon, and
- Individualism at The Ayn Rand Lexicon.

-- Also, for a very insightful discussion regarding the relationship between psychology and a capitalist mindset, see Dr. Edith Packer’s essay “The Psychological Requirements of a Free Society.”

The TRAITS of the STATIST MINDSET

Note: this is my own list and it is not associated with any professional works.

1- “Social” or “Abstracts detached from facts” orientation
2- Irrational, Mysticism, and Emotion orientation
3- Concepts and Ideas detached, disconnected, and divorced from reality (facts) orientation
4- Collective and Group thinking/thought orientation
5- The “We” mentality orientation
6- Individual’s Life belongs to the State orientation
7- Government Collective Enslavement orientation
8- Government Controlled Economy orientation
9- Wealth Redistribution by Government orientation
10- Wealth and Profit Envy & Destruction orientation
11- Government Controlled Property orientation
12- Anti-Man and Socialism/Environmentalism orientation
13- Control over all people and societies orientation
14- State Forced Involuntary Association orientation
15- Collectivism and "Social Self-sacrifice" orientation
16- Self-Abasement orientation
17- Selflessness orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
18- Dependency orientation
19- Irresponsibility orientation
20- Arbitrary Action orientation
21- Attack others, and engage in denial when their irrationalism, and mistaken ideas and actions are exposed orientation
22- Blaming others for one’s personal negative and/or irrational choices, actions, & shortcomings orientation
23- Manipulation in social relationships orientation
24- Disrespecting the Privacy of People’s Lives orientation
25- Forced Interference and Violation of the Individual’s Right to His/Her Own Life orientation
26- Appeasement orientation
27- Motivation by Fear orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
28- Cowardice and Panic orientation
29- Crisis and Fear Mongering orientation
30- “Passive Stupidity” (ref. Dr. George Reisman) orientation
31- Short-term Planning orientation
32- Economic Ignorance, personal & overall orientation
33- Narrow, limited view of Economics orientation
34- “Context Dropping” orientation
35- Avoidance of facts, and avoidance of consequences orientation
36- Avoidance of Truth orientation
37- Hopelessness orientation
38- Despair orientation
39- Elitist-Righteous Arrogance orientation
40- Pursuing & Forcing Dependent/Collectivist-oriented Agenda and Avoiding Reality orientation

-- For a brief discussion by Any Rand on being motivated by love as opposed to being motivated by fear, see:
- Motivation by Love vs. by Fear at The Ayn Rand Lexicon, and
- Collectivism at The Ayn Rand Lexicon.

-- Also, for a very insightful discussion regarding the relationship between psychology and a statist mindset, see Dr. Edith Packer’s essay “The Psychological Requirements of a Free Society.”