Of Economic Laws

  “Are the laws of economics laws of nature or laws of man?  If they are laws of man they can be abrogated.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Property

  Socialists believe that property used for individual consumption should be personal property, and property used for individual production should also be personal property.  A large factory or a large farm are not used for individual production,...

Of Christian Social and Moral Principles

  There are people who call themselves “Christian socialists”.  There are Christian social and moral principles that harmonize with Socialist social and moral principles.  But, what about Christians who are ideological capitalists?  Christian...

Of Socialism

  “Socialism is a theory aimed at bringing about practical change.” —Axel Honneth, The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal, 2017  

Of Equality

  “We want not equality but a good life for each.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Luxuries and Necessities

  “The boundary between luxuries and necessities is a matter of opinion.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Equalizing Wealth

  “Equalizing wealth involves lessening freedom.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Socialism

Socialism is both desirable and possible.  The obstacles in the way of socialism are exaggerated.  Human beings already behave like socialists many times during our lives.  We do some things together, and other things we do separately.  In a socialist...

Of the Socialist Ideal

  “Most people are drawn to the socialist ideal, at least in certain restricted settings.” —Gerald Allan Cohen, Why Not Socialism?, 2009  

Of Socialist Governments and Failures to Respect Human Rights

  “The failures of many so-called socialist societies to respect what, in the West, are regarded as fundamental rights naturally gives rise to the presumption that, despite the references to individual rights in the constitutions of many of these...

Of Marx's Thoughts and Scholarship

  “Karl Marx’s scholarship, like that of many of his great nineteenth-century contemporaries, encompassed a range of concerns transgressing the boundaries of modern-day academic specialisms. . . .Marx did regard his thought—or at least the thought...

Of the Socialist Movement

  “Throughout Karl Marx’s life, and indeed after his death, the industrialization and urbanization of society which had begun in Britain, spread slowly west to east across Europe.  In virtually every country to which it spread, mass socialist...

Of Reading

  People read for different reasons.  Some people read in order to appraise what they read in terms of what they imagine they already know.  Some people read with a view to learn.  

Of Capitalism and Depressions

  “The capitalist world has not seen a major depression for more than a half century.” —Michael Perelman,The Natural Instability of Markets: Expectations, Increasing Returns, and the Collapse of Capitalism, 1999  

Of Markets

  “Markets have an inherent tendency to fall into crises.” —Michael Perelman,The Natural Instability of Markets: Expectations, Increasing Returns, and the Collapse of Capitalism, 1999  

Of the Price System

  “The price system is intrinsically limited in scope by our inability to make factual distinctions needed for optimal pricing under uncertainty.  Non-market controls, whether internalized as moral principles or externally imposed are to some...

Of True Happiness

  “Our proper goal, as individuals and as citizens, is not just to be happy but to have reason to be happy.  To have the good things of life—health, respect, friendship, leisure—is to have reason to be happy.  To be happy without these things is to...

Of the Global Market and Alienation

  “We should strive to ensure that cities are not entirely alienated from their rural surroundings.  For millennia, local food markets served as the main point of contact between town and country.  These are now largely gone, and with them all...

Of a Basic Income

  According to Frithjof Bergmann, Austro-American social philosopher, a basic income would “liberate work from the tyranny of the job.”  

Of Exploitation

  “Economists faced a serious theoretical challenge.  In 1867, Karl Marx published a powerful case for workers’ rights, Capital.  Marx followed traditional economics in using an analysis of value based on labor, but he argued that the economists...

Of GDP and the Welfare of Society

  “Even if economists could perfectly measure the nation’s GDP, welfare would depend upon its distribution.  If the bulk of the economy belonged to a single individual and the rest of society lived in misery, an increasing GDP might simply improve...

Of Making a Better World

  “Look at healthcare, education, fire services, and the police and you’ll find lots of people who go home every day knowing, despite their modest paychecks, they’ve made the world a better place.” —Rutger Bregman, Utopia for Realists: How We...