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problems of conflict

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on October 20, 1999 at 14:05:22:

In Reply to: 'Brother's Keeper'?---I think not! posted by Stoller on October 20, 1999 at 01:03:23:

: It is about people producing what they actually need (and want) instead of producing something that just happens to make some particular capitalist a bigger than average profit (such as war armaments which, paid for by taxed citizens who do not 'consume' what they purchase, are not even subject to the 'free market' purportedly defended by these instruments of death).

The people near the forest decide that they really want to make lots of boats. The folk further down the way want the wood for barns and furniture. Oops - their 'self defined' "needs" have come into conflict over the matter of wood and time being finite. So they must come to an agreement of mutual disatisfaction, or try to trade respective products. Then they get invaded and its all over - maybe that so called 'public good' which is defence.

Socialism assumes people will readily agree, that conflict will be resolved by the happy compromisers. Big assumptions.

: It is about people receiving all shares of what they produce (with, of course, a fund set aside for insurance, investment, and those unable to work---a fund determined by the workers) instead of handing over most of what they produce to the capitalist simply because the capitalist has a monopoly on the means of production.

What about those who want it all now, and dont wich to be 'exploited' for future safety? What about those who produce less, regardless of the non-panacea of rotation, but take more - and their potential conflict with those who produce more and desire to influence where their efforts are directed to?

More meetings and assumptions of happy compromise?

: And it, most importantly, is about people doing some of each of the work necessary to sustain the people so everyone can develop as a human being to the utmost of his and her capacity.

Whether they want to or not, in directions they wish to pursue or not - all at the behest of some compromise 'agreed' scheme.

: Those who oppose the above aims are either woefully ignorant about socialism's aims---or the capitalist exploiters (and spokespersons) who benefit from such ignorance.

Or they are just deeply concerned about what will actually happen when the above doctrine 'hits the streets' of reality.

: Workers of the World Unite!
You have only eachother to force

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