Statism Versus Socialism

I propose that a revolution in which the state wins is not a socialist revolution. I propose that a revolution in which society wins is a socialist revolution. Your comments are welcome.

Sacrificing Quality

I propose that sacrificing product quality for the purpose of increasing and inflating profits is an immoral action, an unethical undertaking, and a dishonest and dishonourable business. What do you think?

Political-Economy

Political control of the economy is an inescapable fact.  The national economy can never be an apolitical sphere.  However, there are distinct forms of political control of the economy.  One form is authoritarian control; another form is...

The U. S. Constitution

The United States Constitution does not use the word democracy. Yes, this is very true. But, let's remember, that the Constitution also does not use the word capitalism.  Therefore, those who recognize that the United States was not intended to...

Liberty and Justice

Is liberty for all, or for some?  Is justice for all, or for a few? Think about these two questions. I'm not asking you about what ought to be.  I'm asking you about what really is.  Consider the question of what is before considering the...

Wages and Taxes

We don't like paying taxes, because taxes are about sacrifice, about giving.  Taxes are what subjects give to government.  We do like earning wages, because wages are about receiving, about taking.  Wages are what workers take from capital....

Socialism

This is an answer to a comment posted by John (nsemn8r): John (nsemn8r) wrote: And of course the infamous "9/11" fear phrase... I wasn't aware of the two distinct types of socialism, but as soon as you pointed them out, it was clear to...

Socialism

This is a delayed answer to a comment posted by skobru: skobru wrote: I believe if you want to hit a FEAR button in many americans, say "socialism, socialist, commie, communist" and maybe toss in "antichrist" etc... maybe even...

Socialism

There are two concepts of socialism.  State-socialism is all about the state controlling the political-economy.  Democratic-socialism is all about society controlling the political-economy. When I talk about the kind of socialism I advocate, I'm...

Consumer Power, Citizen Power

What power does the consumer have in a capitalist economy?  Not much. What power does the citizen have in a capitalist democracy?  Not much. What do you think?

Price

We are taught to believe that commodity prices are determined by supply and demand.  But, this is a fallacy, a myth.  Who decides supply?  The consumers?  Or the proprietors of capital? What about speculation?  Doesn't speculation also determine...

Majority Rule

If a democratic majority favors or disfavors a certain social project or policy, a certain political program or plan, then can this rightly be called a tyranny of the majority, or mob rule?  I do not think so. What do you think?

Commercial Advertising

How often do we hear a commercial advertisement in which the corporation being promoted says:  "We're honest!", or "We're best!", or "We're cheapest!"?  These claims say a lot about capitalism.  Such promotional claims tell us that every...

The Ruling Class

Neal Boortz, the libertarian capitalist and radio talk show host, recently used the words ruling class, which is very intriguing and very revealing.  A ruling class would seem to imply a ruled class.  But, Boortz abhores the idea of class...

Freedom To Work: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by  John (nsemn8r): John (nsemn8r) wrote: It brings us back to the premise that capitalism requires poverty. I had to read this a few times to absorb the full impact, but I think I follow your lead. ...

Private Property, Poverty, Privation: A Debate

K. M.: Please play the capitalist and tell me that the unemployed poor are unemployed and poor by choice. Tell me that they would be hired if they only tried. Then we'll take that walk. N. P.: I'll do one better. I'll walk right up to...

Private Property, Poverty, Privation: A Debate

R. A.: Capitalism is socialized production with privatized distribution; and it is the impoverishment caused by private property in the means of production and in the means of commerce which works to reduce and to ruin human freedom for the...

The Free Market: A Debate

K. A.: In my opinion, the free market ought to decide on the value of the product of our labour. No one person, employer or otherwise, can dictate that. Ron Allen answers: I have a problem with the concept of a free market.  Only human...

Democratic State Versus Democratic Society

The democratic state could historically, if not necessarily, serve to pave the way to a democratic society. The democratic state cannot be the end, but the democratic state can serve as a means to a democratic society.  The democratic state is an...

Freedom To Work: A Debate

R. A.: The proletariat owns its labor power, but cannot engage that labor productively as long as the material means of production are the private (i.e, the privative) property of the powerful owners of capital.  If all the arable agricultural...

Profit Production

This is an answer to a comment posted by Angelsmoker:  Angelsmoker wrote: The difficulty with the natural incentive to produce is that it can only work on a very basic level.   Ron Allen answers: I suppose that what is natural...

Profit Production

This is an answer to a comment posted by Angelsmoker: Angelsmoker wrote: So what's the point you're trying to make? Loosen up! Profit is merely an incentive to do something. There's nothing wrong with that.   Ron Allen answers: ...

Profit Production

Only in capitalism is exchange a productive activity.  Capitalist production and capitalist exchange are both about producing profits.  In capitalism, production and distribution are all about producing profits for capital.  Private capital...

Judeo-Christian Ethical Culture: A Myth

We often hear commentators, journalists, speakers, and pundits referring to our modern Western civilization as Judeo-Christian.  However, let's get away from this fiction, this hyperbole.  The Judeo-Christian ethic is not the moral foundation of...

Right-Wing Talk Radio

Right-wing talk radio is a libellous business.  It is lowbrow and lowgrade babbling.  It is lunatic and loathsome.  But right-wing talk radio is a very lucrative business.