Re: Paying for Schools (was: SOCIETY: Re: The privatization of public security)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 31 2001 - 11:34:51 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> >From: Samantha Atkins <>
> > > Zero writes
> > >
> > > > Unrestrained capitalism (think early industrial US) leads to huge
> > > > discrepancies in the distribution of wealth, which leads to social
> > > > unrest (think the early labor movement) and even upheaval (think
> > > > French Revolution).
> >
> >Uh, the French Revolution was a revolution against the ruling
> >class, against aristocracy and subjection by force and the lack
> >of freedom to one's own life and to rise. It was in no way a
> >revolution against capitalism, unrestrained or otherwise.
> Of course, but it *was* a revolution against the "huge discrepancies in the
> distribution of wealth." Which was my point.

No it wasn't. Your point was that the French Revolution was a revolt
against the 'huge discrepancies of wealth produced by capitalism'. This
is a false claim, since the vast majority of the wealth owned by those
in the ruling class was feudalistically gained: by conquest and
confiscation. In reality, the French Revolution occured specifically
because there was a rising middle class of earned wealth that had no
voice in government. It was that unfranchised middle class that created
the French Revolution.

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