What we have to contend against

Posted by $ puzzlelady 6 years, 6 months ago to Politics
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Here's the naked case by a skilled writer who seems sincerely to believe that Marx was right and capitalism is evil. Where even to begin to persuade him of his errors?
SOURCE URL: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Karl-Marx-Was-Right-by-Chris-Hedges-Capitalism_Corporations_Economy_Karl-Marx-150531-608.html

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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 6 years, 6 months ago
    He keeps pointing to modern problems and saying, "ah-ha, this the sign capitalism is collapsing." He could pick any time and place, point out the problems they're having, and then assign them to a cause he doesn't like, e.g. capitalism, socialism, urbanization, atheism.

    Even good things like the Justice Dept catching financial institutions stealing and making them give the money back, he says is horrible, as if a system exists where people never steal in the first place.

    Things are so good in our times that he really has to struggle to find problems in our time. We have developed industry to the point that it can easily provide for more people than in human history. The value is now in creative things and software, which can be developed anywhere in the world. A poor person who couldn't afford investment in a factory can afford access to computers and can generate software and CAD drawings that can be transmitted instantly for free anywhere in the world.

    100 years ago we could have had a debate about whether people of all races deserve equal treatment or if women should stick to domestic work even if they desire something else. That's beyond the pale now.

    So at this point in history he says, "things are so god-awful, and capitalism must be the cause."

    His strongest argument that things are bad are that we have excessive gov't spending and gov't subsidizing industries. His solution: more gov't spending and involvement in industry.
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  • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 6 months ago
    Pure nonsense. You will never convince the true Marxist believer otherwise. The Marxists deny history and would have you believe toilet paper lines never existed in the old USSR. They always say "it just wasn't practiced right..." They also conflate mixed markets with true capitalism. Free markets and capitalism or as close as is possible is always better for all that practice it. Problems appear in direct correlation/relation to the degree that government interferes with the market. I watched a presentation by Professor Richard Wolff on TV and sat there dumbstruck by the multitude of non-sequiturs and unsubstantiated assertions. I suffer through these preposterous lectures for educational purposes. One must know their enemies if they are to battle them.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 6 months ago
      Exactly. And Hedges' essay is the strongest collection of such assertions I've come across, other than the proposal to criminalize billionaires for having too much money. Enemies don't just wield military weapons; our internal enemies wield words and concepts. We ignore or dismiss them at our peril.
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      • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 6 months ago
        Indeed. Enemies foreign AND domestic. "From each according to his ability to each according to his needs" is immoral and makes the producer a slave to the taker. "When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Ben Franklin. That is an example of Marxism. Those who want the unearned according to their perceived "need" will have it provided by those that have ability. It is not capitalism that has failed in such a scenario. It is the Marxists that have destroyed capitalism with their immorality.
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