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I knew that.....

Posted by: Frenchy on February 25, 19100 at 19:46:32:

In Reply to: A theory for Frenchy posted by Farinata on February 25, 19100 at 15:36:22:

: : Interesting assignment.
: : But you've got your work cut out for yourself, if I understand the goal correctly. Even though there are differences in this brand of Communism, or that brand of Communism, the end product is always the same; Tyranny.

: Really?

: A friend of mine produced a theory of society recently; it consisted of a society in which the workers owned the means of production and ploughed the profits of their enterprise back into the welfare of the *local* community in which they lived; and that resources should not be owned by someone remote and detached from the community in which they have an effect.

: Any environmental and social costs involved in the manufacture of a product should be fully internalized into the cost of production; as such, the price of oil should represent fully the environmental damage it does when burnt.

: In addition, the worker should ideally be involved in the ownership of the company he or she works for as a way of maximising efficiency of production.

: The whole emphasis was on small communities and fair trade, even to the point of active resistance of monopolies; which were dangerous because they would have a disproportionate influence on market prices.

: Any comments on this, Frenchy?

The consumer would have to pay for the inefficiencies of such a scheme. I may be wrong, but it sounds like your friend is advocating for a return to the days of the guilds. It also sounds a bit like monastical life where the monks produced everything they needed, sold the excess, and used whatever profits they obtained to improve their lands.
They unintentionally bacame wealthy.
But I have a question for you. You mention the dangerous influence of monopolies on the market place. 1. What monopolies are you referring to? 2. What dangerous influences are you talking about? 3. If these small communities feel that active resistance is fair in opposing business', do they also think it is fair for business' to actively oppose them?

: : Huxley, I feel, tells us that it's done w/ the adroit use of words and their meanings; "War is Peace", etc.

: Actually, that's George Orwell in 1984.

: Farinata.


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