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Can you spell D-I-A-L-E-C-T-I-C-S?

Posted by: Barry Stoller on February 19, 19100 at 19:51:49:

In Reply to: Good thing this isn't a spelling bee. posted by Frenchy on February 18, 19100 at 20:17:49:

: Now I wonder if you could also spell out for me why it is that Marxism has produced a history that hasn't only screwed workers out of their money, possessions, rights and a higher standard of living but has also produced more corpses than any other ideology?

Recall that communism existed for UNDER a century (under exceptionally immature conditions).

Shall we compare communism to capitalism where capitalism stood when it was under a century old?

Capitalism, by 1700, still had yet to produce a single democracy.

Capitalism, by 1700, was still characterized by direct colonial plunder.

Capitalism, by 1700, was still characterized by the institution of slavery.

Etc., etc.

If capitalism was judged SOLELY by what it accomplished in ONLY the SAME time granted to the development of communism, it would be as ugly a picture of oppressive social relations.

Capitalism 'flowered' into democracy only AFTER it began to produce more abundance (thus requiring less direct exploitation).

To ignore the role of material development upon social development is to see only a frozen image of social relations that are, in actuality, constantly in transition.

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