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by resistenz
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: (Canadian) Politics have become useless
Replies: 7
Views: 2653

Re: (Canadian) Politics have become useless

I'm Canadian. As far as I'm concerned, Harper and his cronies are actively subverting the democratic system. What else can we call it when he dusts off the arbitrary powers of the Crown to prorogue parliament so as to avoid serious debate on sensitive issues?! Never mind the fact that his government...
by resistenz
Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical rebuilding of society
Replies: 47
Views: 8802

Re: Hypothetical rebuilding of society

It seems there are too many variables here to really model what would happen. I'll still give it a try though... I'm assuming those 100,000 people are in a temperate climate where they can farm/hunt for survival and that there is no political authority at the start. The only way to achieve sustainab...
by resistenz
Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20973

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

If you can be better off without being wealthier, is that a complete or fully useful definition of wealth? A lot of people I know who are not particularly wealthy (in a material sense) consider themselves better off nonetheless because they are socially integrated in a lively community (good friend...
by resistenz
Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20973

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

I don't omit it- that's the first factor that I mentioned. Sorry, I didn't exactly understand it that way because it seemed to imply the need for violent control. If wealth is made by labor, what is the point of trade? To distribute the fruits of that labor from producers to consumers. The fact tha...
by resistenz
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Not force. The option is to work, the other is not to and eventually be imprisoned (my initial thoughts, may/could be amended later). If you are not benefitting society and thereby improving it, then some form of punishment has to be applied. So you would have people imprisoned for refusing to work...
by resistenz
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20973

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Wealth gaps always form. The question is what causes that gap- is it the violent control of people and land? Is it superior piety in a monastic commune?* Is it the ability to mobilize democratic support? Or is it the ability to manage personal resources to produce the most? Modern developed countri...
by resistenz
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

I agree that the accumulation of human capital and machine capital is important. Where I disagree is the methodology to accomplish that goal. We can't say "ok, everyone making less than $10 an hour: you are going to be replaced by a machine, start going to community college." Not only do ...
by resistenz
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Le1bn1z, I never said that reform never ever comes from the top. I'm saying that in this particular case, it's rather unlikely.
by resistenz
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Gradual reform sounds good in theory, but it depends on the willingness of political elites to comply with demands from the bottom to reform the system from the top. This is the main sticking point here, as our political elites usually double as the business and financial elites. These people have n...
by resistenz
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

No- my point is that when you have things like income inequality, reductions in inequality come at some cost. The justice or desirability of a reduction in equality does not mean it is necessarily beneficial; you have to consider the cost. I'm 100% willing to consider the cost. Only I'm not as cert...
by resistenz
Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Is it just to punish murders, or at least to somehow lessen the ability of murderers to commit other murders? Does that justify infinite expenditures on punishing and preventing murder? I say yes to both, but then I don't see how we could spend infinite amounts of money on preventing/punishing murd...
by resistenz
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

But what to do about autocratic regimes like the PRC or Singapore, or modern-day Russia? The idea that capitalism is necessarily tied to liberal democracy was a nice hope in the early 90s, but it turned out to be more flexible than that. It's true that capitalism is slowly developing an affinity wi...
by resistenz
Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Thirdly we have the method where the end result should be the same, in this case making it (more of less) compulsory to attend. Now equality have been achieved, on the cost of forcing people that are not interested in higher studies to attend. This is a classical socialist/communist solution where ...
by resistenz
Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Excellent point. It isn't exactly easy to trace a clear line between the two. I thought about this when I was writing up the last post and couldn't really figure it out. I don't think it can really be done. You can probably always come up with ''extreme'' situations that will raise doubt like that. ...
by resistenz
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 16927

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

As far as I'm concerned, it is quite clear that humans are fundamentally unequal and different. We are all born from different parents, in different environments, with a vast number of different pre-existing physiological and psychological characteristics that affect how we perform at different task...
by resistenz
Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 18091

Re: Why aren't we happy?

The mass culture in Western society is incredibly shallow, both culturally and intellectually. Need confirmation of that? Either have a look at the local tabloid press or turn on the TV. Within minutes you'll have come across a ton of ads that show happy people with their new car and how it just tot...
by resistenz
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5632

Re: Leftism

civilization is by definition a mutual social contract made by the people living under it to subjugate some of their best interests and desires for those of the society at large with objectivism's ideal of a an oligarchy ruling over masses without consent. [...] Finally, it is necessary in any form...

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