Master-Slave Relations: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by becky37: becky37 wrote: yeah and some peeps just like to be bossed around Ron Allen answers: Do some people like to be bossed around, or do they need to be bossed around?  People may...

Who Hates America?

This is an answer to a comment posted by JimW: JimW wrote: You're wrong to lump all conservatives and capitalist into your left wing "BAG" because we are not at all what you think just as it would be wrong to lump all left into the same...

Private Property: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by JimW: JimW wrote: So your home should not be considered "private" property? If not then Jose and Maria should be allowed to simply move in and throw you out if so desired. Is this correct?   ...

Capital: A Debate

R. A.: There is a difference between free market and free exchange, just as there is a difference between piracy and honesty, plunder and integrity, pillage and sharing. Producers have value, and can create value, if they are free to engage...

Who Hates America?

I have always been told by radical right-wing conservatives that people on the political left hate America.  Conservatives believe that liberals (the capitalist left) hate America, and that socialists, anarchists, and communists (the...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: Is it freedom for an imprisoned human being to try to escape? If so, is this freedom different from the freedom of a person who is not incarcerated? If I try to do what I freely will to do, but some artificial obstruction stops me...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: What is real freedom if it is not the freedom to produce, acquire, and enjoy what I need in order to live a full life?  What is freedom to acquire without freedom to produce?  The freedom to acquire the personal property I need for...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: What is real freedom if it is not the freedom to produce, acquire and enjoy what I need in order to live a full life? M. P.: It is freedom to try to do that. R. A.: Is it freedom for an imprisoned human being to try to...

Labor, Exchange, Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: I want no more political or industrial subjects; I want every person to enjoy full citizenship in both the political and industrial spheres of their collective activities and pursuits. M. P.: Now if you count "property in [your...

Freedom and Dignity: A Debate

R. A.: From each person according to their unique and individual abilities; to each person according to their unique and individual needs. This is the material foundation of human freedom and dignity. M. P.: No it isn't. A man can...

Private Property: A Debate

R. A.: We need a place to live, we need a place to work, and it is private property that denies and disclaims our freedom of access to what we need.  The very word private comes from the idea of deprivation.  Private property deprives those...

Private Property and Personal Poverty: 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...

Labor's Exclusion From Capital: A Debate

R. A.: The proletariat owns its labor power, but cannot freely or fully engage that labor productively as long as the material means of production are the private property of powerful capitalists. M. P.: Of course it can. You do it...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: Capitalism gives to the propertied capitalists much more freedom than it gives to the propertyless proletariat.  When ideological capitalists talk about freedom, they are not talking about, or talking to the wage-working proletariat. ...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: What is real freedom if it is not the freedom to produce, acquire, and enjoy what I need in order to live a full life? M. P.: It is freedom to try to do that. R. A.: Is it freedom for an imprisoned human being to...

Freedom: A Debate

R. A.: What is true freedom if not the freedom to work when and where I will? M. P.: And you have such true freedom for the most part. If you want the freedom to work when and where you will dispite the wishes of those whose property...

Property and Labor: A Debate

R. A.: If one needs property, or money to participate in markets, . . . M. P.: You don't. Plenty of people without property or money participate in markets. They are called the prolateriat. Learn your own damn theory. R. A.: ...

Master-Slave Relations: A Debate

K. M.: There are ideological conservatives who see no problem with master-slave relationships. N. P.: I'm a conservative, and I have a big problem with them. That's why I prefer arrangements that are consensual. R. A.: The...

Two Classes: A Debate

K. M.: Of course, the philosophical capitalist sees no problem with there being two classes of people: one that works for the other at the whim of the other. N. P.: And at their own whim. R. A.: Necessity is not whimsical....

Wages: A Debate

K. M.: If you don't like working for one employer, you can work for another who will also decide what your labour is worth. N. P.: The employer decides in conjunction with the employee what an employee's labor is worth. ...

Capital and Labor

M. P.: Owning a lawnmower is owning capital.  A lawnmower is income-producing property. R. A.: If you own a lawnmower, you still need permission from home-owners and/or business- owners in order to have some limited access to lawns...

Marxian Socialism: A Debate

R. A.: From each person according to their unique and individual abilities; to each person according to their unique and individual needs. This is the material foundation of human freedom and dignity. If the famous communist formula...

Authentic Spirituality

This is an answer to a comment posted by AsIDream: AsIDream wrote: "when the soul shall emerge from its sheath".   You are quite wise to understand this yet not to know.   Ron Allen answers: The above quote is from...

Political Philosophy: A Selected Reading (1)

This is a selected section from the book Political Philosophy: A Beginners' Guide for Students and Politicians, by Adam Swift: "Politics is a confusing business. It's hard to tell who believes in what. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether...

The Liberal Welfare State

This is an answer to two comments posted by JimW: JimW wrote: Ron, You say "Capitalists extract their income from the surplus labor of other people. The pecuniary income capitalists take is taken from the surplus value produced by...