Thoughts

In capitalism, the products of productive labor, including capital, belong to the class of capital proprietors. In socialism/communism, the products of productive labor, including the material means of production, belong to the producers,...

Thoughts

If the public is the people, and if all the people are producers, then public ownership of the means of production is tantamount to producers owning the means of associated production.  Doesn't this sound both right and just? There is free...

Thoughts

Private property in capital and in land excludes all others from the property of a proprietarian.  If I possess no property in capital or land, with which I may produce goods of value, with which I may exchange for goods produced by others, then...

Thoughts

I have heard it said that the lack of the ability to postpone or defer is an important etiology of becoming or staying poor. I have heard people say consider the oft-repeated woe of modern society, the massive credit card debt, filled up,...

Education, Income and Other Thoughts

The fashionable proposition is this:  the statistical case is that those who go to school and learn will have better incomes than those who do not. I do not reject the proposition outright. I look at such a proposition with some reservations, ...

Thoughts

The fashionable proposition is this:  the statistical case is that those who go to school and learn will have better incomes than those who do not. I do not reject the proposition outright. I look at such a proposition with some reservation, ...

Thoughts

Commercial advertising tells a lot of lies in order to increase demand. Commercial advertising for higher education promises people a better income, but this promise is nothing but a sales pitch. After getting a degree, the career you paid...

Quotation

"The paradox of liberation is that in order to preserve freedom and to struggle for it, one must in a sense be already free, having freedom within oneself." -- Nicolas Berdyaev (Nikolai Aleksandrovich Berdyaev)

Thoughts

The proletariat own property in their labor, which is what they sell to their proprietarian  employers. It is not enough to own your own labor capacity, if land and capital are private property, and if you are excluded from land...

Thoughts

Robert O. Paxton has taught at Columbia University. In his 2004 book, The Anatomy of Fascism, Mr. Paxton has written:  "German voters never gave the Nazis a majority of the popular vote, as is still sometimes alleged." Educated...

Thoughts

The People's Republic of China is not a truly socialist republic.  It is more like a bourgeois liberal welfare-state. It is not a libertarian and democratic society, and so it is not a genuine socialist commonwealth. There are authoritarian...

Thoughts

Income is value; and risk does not produce value.  Labor produces value. Workers risk their time and their education; but, they do what proprietors do not do -- workers produce value by their labors.  The money employers risk represents value...

Thoughts

Government controls the lives of people here in the United States. Employers control the work of people here in the United States. And, here in the United States, value is taken from labor and appropriated by employers, who then pay the workers a...

Quotation

"Thinkst thou that I who saw the face of God,  And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,  Am not tormented with ten thousand hells  In being deprived of everlasting bliss." -- Christopher Marlowe: Faustus, i, 312.

Thoughts

Leasing a car is one thing; renting is another.  A car depreciates in value the moment you purchase it; but a home will, or can, appreciate in value over time. Is it true that reasonable people, or most people, would much rather...

Thoughts

I've heard a statistic, that one in three Americans pays rent. That's a lot of people who "choose" not to own their own home. Some will say the renters have freely elected to rent, rather than own a home. I do not reach such an easy conclusion....

Thoughts

When was the United States a truly capitalist nation-state? The big difficulty in discussions of capitalism vs. socialism is that the United States is usually accused of being capitalist when the going is good, when prosperity is more ...

Quotation

"Time brings to mind the ideas of corrosion and decay, the knowledge of inexorable and irreversible aging and death. Hence man's efforts to arrest time, to cast off his chronological chains, and to build cities and monuments, pyramids and empires...

Thoughts

Poverty and ignorance are the millstone of progress. These are a very heavy burden, grinding and pulverizing all humanizing faith, crushing and disintegrating every humanistic hope. "God cannot be everywhere, so he made mothers." ...

Thoughts

Majority rule is not the rule of the mob; it is democracy.   Rule by a mob is called ochlocracy; it is not called democracy. There are a lot of bleating sheep who will blather about a democracy being a mob tyranny. This is an obtuse litany, a...

Definitions

In The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Simon Blackburn defines "common good": "Especially in Thomistic and neo-Thomistic ethics, the common good is the common goal of all those who promote justice in a community, the common source of fulfilment ...

Thoughts

I believe that a "res publica", a "public thing", is identical with, or equivalent to, a "social thing"; and that a social thing/entity is identical with, or equivalent to, the general populace. The "res publica" is the people; it is the...

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Really-existing laws have not been passed by a democratic majority of engaged and active citizens. Really-existing laws have been passed by corrupt legislators, who allow the wealthy to take value from those who produce value. Capitalist...

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Under capitalism, the idle rich take what the workers produce, while the industrious wage-workers supply the rich with what they (i.e., the idle rich) possess. I do not see Animal Farm as a refutation of social democracy. After...

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There are those who will say that "classes will always exist". Class is an existing fact. But, the assertion that "classes will always exist" is a projection; it is a prediction. A projection is not evidence; a prediction is not about existing...