Terry Donaghe, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, writes:
But does socialism inherently involve advocating the use of force? Can't
it be organized on a voluntary basis?
> I disagree. It is easy to be a scientist and a socialist, but it is
> not possible to be an extropian and socialist. Some may disagree but
> read the principles that Max has written. Advocating the use of force
> against peaceful citizens has no place in extropianism.
But does socialism inherently involve advocating the use of force? Can't it be organized on a voluntary basis?
Consider: a group of socialists gets together and builds themselves a
space station. They agree that the property will be the common ownership
of the group, with specified procedures for group decisions. This is
analogous to how a corporation works. The whole thing is organized
voluntarily, and all the means of production are controlled by their
society. Where is the force?