08-22-12, 03:52 PM #41
Don't bother. It's like trying to argue with someone who believes in astrology. Though, this entire thread has been enjoyable.
08-22-12, 08:56 PM #42
08-23-12, 03:42 PM #43
The word 'capital' originally referred in latin to 'head' of cattle...which is how a family's wealth was measured before the introduction of money.
Capitalism as Marx criticized it was a systemic reaction to the introduction of technology. This is clear from Engels's excellent book "The condition of the working class in England' in which he argues that at first, industry actually made the common man poorer in a society where only the few had voting rights.
Aside from this definition, socialism as a system of central economic planning is the default condition in all successful societies from primitive ones to modern times.
This is nothing NEW...and is so because it ideally places the long term public interest over short term private interests.
Look into the history of Constantinople for example, and try to imagine it surviving for a thousand years as a capitalist city state???
08-23-12, 08:19 PM #44
but "long term public interest over short term interests"?
People have short term lives, and it seems like communism's long term interests override all of life's interests, and for what, some strange control, a huge documenting beast that serves who or what?
As I have said before, you don't hear of Westeners wanting to defect to a communist country, but it has been the other way around since the whole thing started.
But now that those socialist and draconian laws are creeping into free countries, where will the intelligent flee to? No place to go for freedom and life.
One global prison. Happy now comrad?
08-23-12, 09:12 PM #45
As I said, even primitive stone age societies rely on socialism to survive.
An extreme example of short term thinking in modern human neurotics is the lifestyle of the drug addict or gambler...who pisses away the future for an immediate high.
08-23-12, 09:37 PM #46
then again alcoholism is high in communist countries. And it seems to crop up whenever capitalism has bought about similar oppressive conditions.
The short term thinking of here and now only, often increases after a war.
While people do have tendencies to be irresponsible, authorities have a history of enabling crime and then punishing the same, all a game to have power and control.
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