Labor Creates Wealth

This is an answer to a comment posted by rinoralph:   rinoralph wrote: You [i.e., Ron Allen] are making a mistake by mixing government and "we the people". Ron Allen answers: As a philosophical anarchist and as a philosophical...

Indian Philosophy

This is an answer to a comment posted by thehseenz:   thehseenz wrote: Ancient seers of India believed creation and dissolution to be a cyclic process (symbolized by the much maligned swastika) wherein all proceeded forth and finally...

The Right to Vote

On January 22, 2009, Neal Boortz said on his radio show:  "You don't have a right to vote in a presidential election." Although it is true that we the people of the United States do not have a constitutional right to vote in a presidential...

Capitalism

On his radio show, January 22, 2009, Clark Howard, the consumer advocate, said:  "Capitalism has a Darwinian side to it."  Wow!  This is a eye-opening surprise!  This verdict is a shocking revelation!  And yet, Clark Howard passionately believes...

Labor Creates Wealth

On his radio show, Neal Boortz said:  "Government doesn't create wealth." What does Boortz mean by government?   In my opinion, it is human labor that creates wealth.  If government does not create wealth, then what does government...

Confessions

On January 22, 2009, on his radio show, Neal Boortz said:  "The dumbest voters in the United States put Barack Obama in power." Boortz also said:  "The people who voted for John McCain are generally smarter, more educated, more informed...

Confessions

Neal Boortz, the right-wing libertarian radio host on WSB in Atlanta, Georgia, said today:  "Uneducated voters give us Presidents like Barack Obama." I confess that I did vote for Barack Obama. Neal Boortz also said today:  "Educated voters...

Marx's Social Ontology: A Reading (1)

This and future blogs written under the title Marx's Social Ontology: A Reading are an attempt at blogging a personal reading of Carol C. Gould’s book titled Marx’s Social Ontology: Individuality and Community in Marx’s Theory of Social Reality. ...

Wealth Redistribution

It is often said that socialism is a wealth redistribution scheme.  Speaking as a socialist, I do not see socialism as a wealth redistribution system.  Rather, I see capitalism as a system of organized wealth redistribution.  Because labor has...

401(k) Money

Keep this fact in mind:  The money that evaporated from your 401(k) did not just vanish.  It went somewhere.  It did not just disappear. 

Capitalist Freedom Versus Democratic Freedom

There is some freedom within capitalism; but, there is no freedom -- according to ideological capitalism -- to opt out of capitalism.  We can choose our employer; but, we cannot choose to opt out of capitalism.  According to ideological...

Progress and Prosperity

The ideological capitalists credit capital for progress and prosperity.  They give credit to capitalism.  However, they give very little -- if any -- credit to labor for progress and prosperity. It is past labor that created present capital;...

Individualism, Independence, and Indifference

The conservative right criticizes and condemns utter dependency on government.  The liberal left criticizes and condemns utter dependency on capital.  The democratic socialists allow that we are all mutually dependent upon society.  The democratic...

Legal Versus Moral

Only with capitalism is a distinction made between what is legal, and what is moral.  Only in the context of modern capitalism is such a difference made.

Why Does Government Exist?

Why does government exist?  Why should government exist? Does government exist to serve society, to minister to the needs of society?  Or, does government exist to serve business, to minister to the needs of business? Should government...

The Instruments of Plunder

There are two schools of libertarianism.  There are libertarian capitalists, and there are libertarian communists.  How can capitalists and socialists share the same libertarian idea, or have the same modifying adjective libertarian? To...

State-Socialism

What is state-socialism?  How does state-socialism differ from democratic-socialism? In democratic-socialism, there are no capitalists.  In state-socialism, the state is the only capitalist.

Capitalism and Freedom

Conservatives like to use these two words together: capitalism and freedom.  But a word association does not corroborate a necessary connection between capitalism and freedom. A repeated word association does not substantiate a...

Economic Greatness

It has been asked:  What makes the economy of the United States so great?  Is it the government that makes the economy of the United States so great?  Is it business that makes the economy so great?  Or, is it labor that makes the economy so...

Fast Food

It has been reported that fast-food restaurants do very well during economic down-turns. What does this little fact tell us?  I believe it tells us something about the eating habits of people in the United States.  There is an overweight...

Big Government

What is big government?  Conservatives are always talking against big government.  When conservatives talk about big government, they are also talking about bad government. What is the rôle of government?  How you answer this question will...

Phony Individualism

Herman Cain, one of WSB radio's conservative right-wing mouth-pieces, has started a new conservative crusade.  He calls this crusade The Intelligent Thinkers Movement.  With this new crusade, Herman Cain is hoping to take back America from...

Supply And Demand

We are told that the law of supply and demand dictates business success or failure, that the law of supply and demand dictates product success or failure.  We are told that the law of supply and demand dictates market prices.  This law implies a...

Justice

What is justice? Justice is when people get what they deserve.  Justice is when the producers get what they produce.  Justice is when workers get what they have earned.  Justice is when what is produced is equal to what is earned. 

New Years Resolution

What was my New Years Resolution?  To live well for as long as I can; and to die only when I have to.