- Capitalism and Alternatives -


Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on October 03, 1999 at 20:00:53:

In Reply to: 'Some sort of state' posted by Stoller on October 01, 1999 at 11:13:57:

: Funny how the recent crop of neoliberal idealists flock around the idea of a stateless society, just one big 'free market' of free activity (with the occasional policeman to make sure that everyone respects property relations as they exist at this time). This is a capitalist fantasy of a world without laborers to bother them with their importunate demands I am sure.

SDF: Or, put more simply: the capitalist system requires that people have a "fortune," (while legitimizing only the exploitation of labor-power) thus tempting everyone with the possibility of making a fortune through theft, force, and fraud. Theft, force, and fraud are, of course, the only realistic ways of making a fortune if one only starts out with the ability to sell one's labor-power to those who already have a fortune.

Thus one can see anarcho-capitalist realities like today's Russia, which is a byproduct of the procapitalist idealism of the IMF and the WTO. Even The Nation's supposedly left-wing recent editorials fail to understand Russia's reality, for the editors of The Nation fail to understand that what they call "corruption" is really something normally to be expected under the capitalist system as it exists, something which in the US and other less "corrupt" countries is repressed (to a higher degree) by a more general sharing of wealth and a stronger state.

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