Marxism and Fascism

Neal Boortz, on April 30, 2012, during his radio show, said that "Barack Obama is a marxist intent on bringing about a fascist economy."  Like so many ignorant conservatives, Boortz has a tendency to confuse Karl Marx with Adolf Hitler, and...

Market Value

What does not have a marketable value may have a utility value, a material value, an aesthetic value, a cultural value, an intellectual value, an educational value, a spiritual value, etc.   What has a market value, a monetary value, a...

Capitalism: The Ubiquitous Money Grab

Under  the presently-existing  dispensation of capital, in which regime the free market is unencumbered by moral considerations, and in which regime the sovereign market is immune to every healthy concern for equity or for justice, the...

Democratic State Versus Democratic Society

There is a difference between a democratic state and a democratic society.  A democratic state locates democracy in the state, while a democratic society locates emocracy in society.  A representative democracy is a democratic state,...

Capitalism Versus Socialism

Capitalism asks what benefits capital; socialism asks what benefits society.                                       

Anarchism and Republicanism

Anarchist republicans wish to abolish the government; they do not wish to abolish government.  Anarchist republicans wish to abolish the oligarchic state; they do not wish to abolish human society.  Of course, there are anti-social...

Conformism

"Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American statesman and inventor)                                                                   

Anarchists

Socialist anarchists, as opposed to individualist anarchists, wish to overthrow and abolish the state.  Socialist anarchists do not wish to dispense with government.  Socialist anarchists believe in individual and collective...

État and the Ruling Estate

The French word for "state" is "état".  The ruling estate is the ruling class, and the ruling class is the political class, or the class which is most able to directly influence and effectively pull the strings of the politicians.  It is...

Wealth Creators

How is it that the prevailing, common-sense belief today is that wealth is somehow being redistributed if and when some of the wealth is being delivered to those who create the wealth?  The so-called "job creators" do not create wealth;...

Democracy

A majority-rule democracy is not the rule of a constant and permanent majority class over an unchanging and persistent minority class.  With each and every electoral decision, the majority faction, as well as the minority faction, changes. ...

Woman

"You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone." -- James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937, Scottish novelist and dramatist)                         

The Habits of Liberty

If human beings are ever to enjoy the reality of freedom, we must first develop and cultivate the habits of liberty.  Not every possible human act or activity is conducive to liberty.  We need to create a social environment which is...

Socialist Humanism

As a socialist humanist, when it comes to human nature and human potential, when it comes to having faith and hope in human beings, I choose to err on the side of optimism.  I choose to err in favor of a positive view of human nature.  Human...

Freedom

Is the freedom human beings desire nothing more than the freedom to try to make a profit?  Is the freedom we prefer and choose nothing but the freedom to get by?  Have human beings struggled for many desperate and violent centuries in order...

Credibility and Credulity

Don't believe what you don't understand.  Don't buy into, or bet on what you can't comprehend.                                                                

The Economic Interpretation of History

"The economic interpretation of history does not necessarily mean that all events are determined solely by economic forces.  It simply means that economic facts are the ever recurring decisive forces, the chief points in the process of...

History

"History is something that never happened, written by someone who wasn't there." -- Anonymous                         

The Beauty of Women

"The beauty of the heavens is the stars; the beauty of women is their hair." -- Italian proverb                                              

Habit

"Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity." --Aurelius Augustinus (Saint Augustine, A.D. 354-430, Latin Church    father and bishop of Hippo in North Africa)        

Fashion

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." -- Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, Irish playwright and poet)             

Evil and Weakness

"What is evil? -Whatever springs from weakness." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                                         

Beauty and Happiness

"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness." -- Lady Marguerite Blessington (1789-1849, English novelist and    writer)                                                      

Scholars and Martyrs

"The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr." -- Mohammed (A.D. 570-632, Arab prophet and founder of Islam)                                                     

Love and Wisdom

"The divine essence itself is love and wisdom." -- Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772, Swedish scientist, philosopher,    and mystic)