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might makes right

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on December 07, 1999 at 18:27:53:

In Reply to: Capitalism is the main problem posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on December 07, 1999 at 15:53:17:

: What's a rule if not everyone follows it? A discussion-topic for lunch-hour! The point is that Russia celebrates openly the rule that the rest of the world's elite only celebrates at WTO meetings: MIGHT MAKES RIGHT.

And of democracy? Majority makes right is the same. the princople 'might makes right' is presumably agreed with by pluralist democratic majoritarians and nasty 'big business' alike.

If might does not make right - then what does ?(and no, this isnt to suggest that I think it does - its a way of posing that difficult question)

Subjecting property to democratic vote does not dispel the 'might makes right' demon by any stretch of the imagination. Its borderline utopian to suggest it would.

: SDF: The movement of the labor power of the working classes is, and will never be, free, until the working classes own the means of production democratically.

The 'working classes' not being an homogenous blob will not feel 'free' as individuals under that condition either. One vote in a million may seem better than none, but as a marginal gain its not much to ignite the passions of the people.

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