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For people with at least double-digit IQs

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on August 24, 1999 at 00:59:41:

In Reply to: For the non mass media try.... posted by Gee on August 23, 1999 at 12:28:22:

: : NBC Dateline ran an article on the state of affairs in Somalia

: Oh well it must be the truth then.

: http://www.economic.net/somalia/ a rosy alternative

SDF: Oh well it must be the truth then.

: Now if we blamed crime in vaigly socialist countries you would no doubt call such an argument fallacious (ie it isnt necessarily causal). Same applies here.

SDF: Anarcho-capitalism is a phony ideal through and through. Capitalist competition needs government to make sure the competitors don't get out of hand. Without it, capitalist competition will always degenerate into a regime of theft and syndicates. There is something to the possiblity of socialism, though its realization is far far away.

: :

Against the will of its leaders, technology has changed human beings from children into persons. However, every advance in individuation of this kind took place at the expense of the individuality in whose name it occurred, so that nothing was left but the resolve to pursue one's own particular purpose. The bourgeois whose existence is split into a business and a private life, whose private life is split into keeping up his public image and intimacy, whose intimacy is split into the surly partnership of marriage and the bitter comfort of being quite alone, at odds with himself and everybody else, is already virtually a Nazi, replete both with enthusiasm and abuse; or a modern city-dweller who can now only imagine friendship as a "social contact"; that is, as being in social contact with others with whom he has no inward contact. The only reason why the culture industry can deal so successfully with individuality is that the latter has always reproduced the fragility of society.

: : -Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment.

: A miserable opinion of their own lives more than anyone elses.

SDF: Only if you care to deny the competitive nature of your existence within capitalism. We're all one big happy family here, huh?

: : People will be ready for no government only when they have learned to share fairly.

: Sounds like the the sort of thing a politician might say to persuade the masses for more programmes.

SDF: That's not sharing. Sharing is a personal commitment.

: Those who dont' share' at the whim of those who would receive what is 'shared' are always the scapegoats.

SDF: Those who are compulsive about what is "theirs" are always looking to make the entire world "theirs," since in their world real security is only provided through personal ownership.

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