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Why don't you just run me over with your tank

Posted by: Piper on February 01, 19100 at 12:23:19:

In Reply to: One paragraph utopias forver! posted by Stoller on February 01, 19100 at 10:43:44:

: : Strange to say, there are people who extol this deadening method of centralized production as the proudest achievement of our age. They fail utterly to realize that if we are to continue in machine subserviency, our slavery is more complete than was our bondage to the King. They do not want to know that centralization is not only the death-knell of liberty, but also of health and beauty, of art and science, all these being impossible in a clock-like, mechanical atmosphere.

: Without centralized industrial activity, there will be only the scarcity and poverty of precapitalist peasant proprietorship. What your one-paragraph utopia promises is the return to artisan natural economy that won't be easily conveyed by computers (centralized industrial product).

: Tell us all about your 'anarchist' utopia by homing pigeon, smart guy.

Piper: As opposed to what? A utopia in three volumes delivered on the front of a tank?

I am fully aware of the consequences of removal of centralisation. The above is compatiable both with precapitalist production techniques (i have some familiarity with indigenous cultures and yes, i do think it a perfectly fine life) as it is with shall we say fully automised production techniques (i believe even marx said something along these lines).

I meant the above to convey a statement of ideal, as what society should hopefully be moving towards in the future, not an actuality around the corner.

(Sorry to disappoint you Mr 'Stoller', and break my 'promise', but if you do insist on answering my posts...)

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