- Capitalism and Alternatives -

Only WHEN the evidence is in

Posted by: Stoller on November 24, 1999 at 16:16:39:

In Reply to: can a socialist pre-empt? posted by Marcos on November 24, 1999 at 00:47:51:

: : Nowhere, to my knowledge, does Engels or Marx---or Lenin---suggest the abolition of the nuclear family as an emotional unit. Only as an economic unit do they suggest the abolition of marriage. As I demonstrated here, Engels was clear about defending monogamy.

: Yes, and I accept the point. My concern in the point is a personal development rather than what i have directly learned from Marx or Lenin - it is my own concern that the fabric of society is at odds with personal favoring.

I am always CAUTIOUS about ADDING to Marxian theory---BEFORE practice determines additions are necessary.

: : But would you deny them the primary care of their biological parents?

: Perhaps I should have been cleaer and stated a reasonable age for socialisation to progress to society as a whole.

That's a start...

: : That problem, I believe, is outside the scope of the Marxian project---and I would be very careful about treading in such deep waters...

: Accepted, but my concern is genuine.

Yes, comrade, I believe it is.

I also admire your gracious concession of the point...

: : To put the means of production and the spectrum of social tasks equally into the hands of all citizens, I believe, will be all the 'check' required for an egalitarian society.

: : Until concretely and conclusively proven otherwise...

: What if the evidence was provided in the breakdown of a socialist experiment? Can a socialist pre-empt?

ONLY when the evidence is in.

Follow Ups:


The Debating Room Post a Followup