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

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 15:11:31 MDT

Mark Walker wrote:
> >
> > Show me one good reason why the community should own my computers.
> >
> You're switching gears on me Michael. Your original position was that there
> was an inherent contradiction in socialism, but now it seems that you are
> saying (merely) that there is no good reason for socialism.

The contradiction is that socialism decries the fact that the
corporation siphons a part of the laborers productive output to pay
management and capital, as if this confiscation is some sort of
injustice. It then goes on to presume that it is perfectly alright for
society to confiscate the productive output of the laborer. The best
arguments it can make for such confiscation hinge on 'repaying the past
generations' for the labor they invested in the current infrastructure,
while they ignore that this is the ENTIRE purpose for which the cost of
capital serves. Is this clear enough?

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