Private Property

This is an answer to a comment posted by shamelesshussey: shamelesshussey wrote: Do you Rallen [i.e., Ron Allen] by any chance own your own property?   Ron Allen answers: I still own a mortgage.  However, personal property is...

Private Property

This is an answer to a comment posted by shamelesshussey: shamelesshussey wrote: What a crock. If that's such great thinking everyone lets all become one big commune and have a free for all. Then all the lazy free loaders can have...

The Rich

This is an answer to a comment posted by shamelesshussey: shamelesshussey wrote: Some [rich men] are [thieves] and some are actually very responsible with the riches they are entrusted or endowed with. It's what you do with it that...

Private Property

"Private property is the fruit of iniquity." -- Clement of Alexandria (Titus Flavius Clemens, A.D.150?-220?,     Greek Christian theologian and writer) [The word iniquity means inequity.]

The Rich

"The rich man is a thief." -- Saint John Chrysostom (A.D. 345?-407, ecumemical patriarch     of Constantinople)

Idealism

"To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man." -- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936, English essayist, critic,     and novelist)

God

"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809, English-born U.S. patriot,     political author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual,     and revolutionary)

Circumstances

"Man is the creature of circumstances." -- Robert Owen (1771-1858, Welsh-born English socialist and    philanthropist)

Circumstances

"I am I plus my circumstances." -- José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish philosopher and    statesman)

Human Nature and Honesty

This is an answer to a comment posted by pasttimes: pasttimes wrote: We are all born with the same chances be they good or bad.   Ron Allen answers: Think about what you're saying.  Do you really believe that each and every...

Human Dignity and Honour

"Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them." -- Aristotle (384-322 B.C., Greek philosopher: pupil of Plato;    tutor of Alexander the Great)  

Human Nature and Honesty

"He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave." -- George Berkeley (1685?-1753, Irish-born Anglican     bishop and philosopher)

The Profit Motive

Not every person is motivated by profit.  Not every person is submissive to the pressures of capitalism.  Those who are motivated by profit like to impute this motive to the rest of humanity.  Those who are obedient to the compulsions of the...

The Free Market

The free market serves capital; it does not serve labor.  The free market is indifferent to human needs; it is a machine dedicated to serving the needs of capital.  Under the dictatorship of capital, living labor has become the slave of...

Global Competition Versus Global Cohesion

We hear a lot these days about globalization, about the global economy. But there are two forms, or kinds of globalism.  Capitalism is about the globalization of competition, while philosophical socialism is about the globalization of human...

Freedom and Wage Slavery

Ideological conservatives will often talk about the freedom of wage-earners to choose their employer.  The Who, in their hit song Won't Get Fooled Again, included these words:  "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."  The wage slave is free...

Justice

This is an answer to a comment posted by gentileben: gentileben wrote: All humanity is doomed to hell by the disobedience of Adam.   Ron Allen answers: And yet, there is the gospel message, that all humanity is destined to ...

Capitalism

This is an answer to a comment posted by toothlesspenguin: toothlesspenguin wrote: gentileben: A significant number of the Chinese deaths are a direct result of work for American corporations. Unemployment rates in the US and Europe...

Capitalism

This is an answer to a comment posted by toothlesspenguin: toothlesspenguin wrote: there is nothing benign about 600,000 (six hundred thousand) worker deaths annually in Chinese factories in order to make our lives 'easier' in the west. ...

Justice

This is an answer to a comment posted by poppyblue: poppyblue wrote: ya know, you really get on my last fucking nerve, why don't you just answer a comment instead of posting a fucking post as an answer, do you feel the need to be...

Idealism

This is an answer to two comments: The first comment was posted by gentileben: gentileben wrote: You're into, "if it feels good - do it", type philosophy? JUST DO IT!!!!!!   Ron Allen answers: I do not subscribe to the...

Justice

This is an answer to a comment posted by gentileben: gentileben wrote: The problem is there are no good men. All men are basically evil, and only those that are reborn in Christ do good, but yet are not "Good", but redeemed. Ron...

Idealism

"There is only one really startling thing to be done with the ideal, and that is to do it." -- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936, English essayist, critic, and novelist)

Justice and Power

"Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just." -- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French philosopher and mathematician)

Justice

"The rule of justice is plain, namely, that a good man ought not to swerve from the truth, not to inflict any unjust loss on anyone, nor to act in any way deceitfully or fraudulently." -- Saint Ambrose (A.D. 340?-397, bishop of Milan 374-397)