On Thu, 10 Dec 1998, Michael Lorrey wrote:
> Samael wrote:
> > 2) 'Property' does not actually exist and is merely a way of saying 'I deny
> > you access to this'.
> Not true. Property exists as a means of defining a resource base required to
> fulfill one's needs, and to define a reserve of stored refined resources as a
> result of work that one performs. Socialism wrongly assumes that all individuals
> have equal needs, so anything beyond the average is considered to be stolen from
> others. As Marx said, "From each according to his abilities, to each according
> to his needs." Communism and socialism ignore or forget that those with greater
> abilities generally have greater needs.
I don't see how "From each according to his abilities, to each according
to his needs" means that everyone has equal needs. I think it just
means that needs should be met, but does not say anything about the size
of these needs.
> A communist state is the ultimate in social and economic calcification in a
> stratified state (i.e. only party members get positions of power, prestige, and
> wealth), which is why public satisfaction is so low in such states.
A communist state is an oxymoron since the state is meant to wither away
when communism is reached. I don't know of any country which defined
itself as a communist state.