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Major changes

Posted by: Stoller on September 28, 1999 at 12:22:12:

In Reply to: the major change posted by Gee on September 27, 1999 at 15:48:46:

: Smashing stuff is no doubt the desire of many socialists but the above 'says it all'. Trying to change 'the system' without reducing the demand for that which drives it is about as ineffectual and wasteful (counter effective) as trying to stop the drug trade when people want drugs or trying to stop the fur trade when people want furs.

OK, so enculturation is not your favorite topic.

My position has always been that once all labor in society is rotated (as the famous passages in The German Ideology state), then people will voluntarily reconsider how they consume. For example, would you continue to advocate fast food joints (operated as they presently are) if you were required to spend, say, a sixth of your working hours in such a job? Multiply your decision by everyone else's and---presto!---you have something that fairly resembles a social democracy.

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