Re: Capitalism, Private Property, etc (was Re: Sweatshops)

From: Mark Walker (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 08:25:46 MDT

From: Michael Lorrey <>
)There is an inherend contradiction in socialism in general, which
> claims to respect the 'labor theory of value', but does not respect a
> laborers right to own and reinvest the fruit of their labor in interest
> bearing activities. This failure in socialist theory is the primary
> reason why socialism = slavery, far more than a sweatshop ever is.
> Whenever Ibring up this point with alleged socialists, anarchists, or
> libertarian socialists, they dodge the issue because they know they
> cannot resolve the paradox.
> Until socialism gives up on its denial of the right of private property,
> it will remain a contradiction in terms.
I am afraid I don't see the contradiction. Is it your claim that the "right
to own and reinvest the fruit of their [the worker's] labor in interest
bearing activities" is supposed to be self-evident? If so, it looks like
you're begging the question against socialism. If not, I fail to see the

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