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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby thegreekdog on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:53 am

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thegreekdog wrote:1970. Evolution = capitalism


1971. People misunderstanding evolution.

Marx identified five epochs of human economic evolution:

a. Primitive communism - shared property, direct democracy, i.e. ancient hunting and gathering tribal societies

b. Slave societies - ruling classes emerge who own slaves, states develop as a means to protect the slave owners, agriculture emerges (for example ancient Greece and Rome, but evident on all continents)

c. Feudalist society - aristocracies emerge, organised religion is used to control people, nation states also start to form.

d. Capitalism - market economies, private property, wage labour, division of labour, financial institutions.

e. Socialism - government by the working class, a planned economy (decentralised), common ownership (nationalisation), decentralised democracy and the reduction in the size of the state.

f. Communism - the state withers away and dies, classes dissipate and there is a classless society, private property becomes history.


He believed that capitalism had within itself, its own death gene, i.e. greed. A celebrated and necessary element of capitalism, it would result in the massive accumulation of wealth by the few at the expense of the many (sound familiar?), therefore, triggering a revolution that would overthrow capitalism and introduce an economy geared towards the needs of all the people.

Many, who I agree with, have argued that Marx's dream of a communist society is unrealistic. However, his critique of capitalism is very astute. We can see it unfolding now that it is not an economic system that delivers for all the people, but only for a increasingly select few. A recent study by the development charity Oxfam found that the richest 85 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion, and this is a trend of wealth accumulation by the richest, to the detriment of the majority. To argue that capitalism is the end of history, as I suspect you are doing, is premature. Capitalism will most definitely eat itself, but what will replace it is much harder to predict.


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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:06 am

1974. People who try to make this a real discussion topic.


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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby BigBallinStalin on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:51 am

1975. Insufficient supply of Star Trek gifs.
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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:56 am

BigBallinStalin wrote:1975. Insufficient supply of Star Trek gifs.


1976. Abundance of Star Trek gifs

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And for good measure, from the same episode:

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby thegreekdog on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:57 am

1977. Increased demand for Star Trek gifs.
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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:51 am

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Lootifer on Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:34 pm

thegreekdog wrote:1977. Increased demand for Star Trek gifs.
1978. The year before the birth of thegreekdog
1979. The year thegreekdog was born.

1981. The proportion of posts in this thread that say something related to "xxxx. People who can count"
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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Lootifer on Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:36 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Dukasaur on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:21 am

1984.
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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby BigBallinStalin on Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:34 am

Dukasaur wrote:1984.
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Because it currently tastes so awful that only the free market can come to the rescue?

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Lootifer on Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:33 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:25 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:18 pm

1989. Protection of the 'Al Qaeda brand': http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/world ... syria.html

In a statement distributed on jihadist websites, the Qaeda leadership said it no longer had any connection with the affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, which has asserted an increasingly important role in the Syrian conflict and stoked the enmity of other groups fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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...The statement said Al Qaeda disapproved of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and had “ordered it to stop” acting in Al Qaeda’s name.



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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:28 am

1990.

A more fun Statue of Liberty

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Lootifer on Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:12 pm

1991. An independent Armenia

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:15 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Army of GOD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:27 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby mrswdk on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:16 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Dukasaur on Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:41 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:58 pm

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Re: Stuff That A Free Market In America Would Solve.

Postby Lootifer on Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:43 pm

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