Re: Your Political Ideology
This is going to be so long no one may bother to read, but Never, ever in my short miserable life have I ever been so suicidal because of such an amount of Ignorance. Zero and Wesobi and a few others, thank you.
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Now, from a former student of Economics, and a frequent attender of the Students' Social Worker party meetings or something, AND JUST A PERSON WHO ACTUALLY READS BOOKS I tend to agree with what Wesobi is suggesting so far. Communism is indeed flawless in theory, and there are major problems in its implementation but
BUT Communism my dear friends, as in the ****ing Communist Manifesto of Marx, as well as the writings of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, have never, ever mentioned or indicated or called for MANY of the 'communist features' and 'policies' decorating the history of USSR and China and North Korea and Cuba and wherever . . . .
They are Capitalist economies, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD Communist basis, as Zero outlined. If you let private sector and companies exist, YOU ARE OPERATING IN A FREE MARKET CAPITALIST SYSTEM, end of story.
I tend to be of Wesobi's school of thought or direction. I haven't made up my mind on Socialism yet, but the way it seems to me so far, nationalization of crucial industries (defense, education and health for example) and the banking system is a requirement in my vision of the model country, with allowing some heavily regulated private-sector to exist.
Having outlined that, some replies to previous commentators.
What you speak of, my boy, are Marxists ideas, or echoes of them :
Originally Posted by YowYan
1. labour-wage slavery.
3. expolitation of the worker and the class struggle
Someone hasn't been to the third world countries and has NOT seen how Africa has been made a raw-material-supply store for Capitalism to allocate the so-called rare resources. I study this in a module called the Politics of Development and Africa. It's basically why is Africa a mess, and how is the West and capitalism are the reason why . Adam Smith is rotting in his grave. So is Keyens. Do you know who they are ?
Originally Posted by Shinobi Train
Capitalism is, as Marxists argue, the reason for the current economic crisis.
I personally have not made up my mind about that just yet because I am confused to what extent is Neoliberalism considered a feature or an element of Capitalism. Capitalists will argue it's not, it's just deregulation that lead into the crisis.
HOWEVER the dead Bearded Mr. Marx SAID that Capitalism will come in new faces, and that there will always be justifications to why it screwed up. BECAUSE DEREGULATION HAPPENED DUE OF THE PROFIT MOTIVE AS DEAD MARX PREACHED ! Why would ****ING Greenspan make it ILLEGAL to regulate banks if HE DIDNT GET SOME SORT OF BENEFIT FROM IT !
You people seriously need to familiarize yourself with such terms/ideas as Laissez-faire Economy that Adam Smith preached about, and Keyensian approach to Free market. They are both capitalists but different. You now speak of Laissez faire economics, letting the Invisible hand of the economy regulate it, as Adam Smith argued in the Wealth of Nations.
Originally Posted by Happy
Well, Keyens basically says "LOL, to hell with that". Government needs to intervene and regulate, we can't wait for the unemployment to fix itself, we can't wait for divine revelation to descend upon the economy, and that's what every single ****ing country in the world is doing. All countries intervene in the mechanism of their economy. Demand and Supply NEVER were the only influence.
For those interested ~
Even though I don't agree with him entirely, I will conclude with the brilliant analogy and words of Alain Badiou, in the beginning of "L'Hypothèse Communiste"(2010:3)
"Lumping together Stalin and Hitler was already a sign of extreme intellectual poverty: The norm by which any collective undertaking has to be judge is the number of deaths and its causes, it was argued.
If that was the case, the huge colonial genocides and massacres, the millions of deaths in the civil and world wars throughout which the West forged its might, should be enough to discredit, even in the eyes of 'philosophers' who extol their morality, the parliamentary regimes of Europe and America"