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how does taking my money and giving it to him create a better society?

Posted by: Frenchy on October 31, 1999 at 17:58:07:

In Reply to: My 'motivations' posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on October 28, 1999 at 15:01:51:

: Ignoring teh ad hominems, I'm going to repeat what I've said before. i do want to destroy capitalism, or at least change it beyond recognition, because every time I see a victim, someone suffering because of capitalism, it gnaws at my conscience. When I see a homeless man I know taht it's not right taht in a counrty taht can afford it, ghe should not ahve a home. I conclude taht a system which denies him what he needs cannot be the best, the final system of human history, and therefore there msut be somnething ebtter.

So your solution is to provide that homeless man with home. Great. Is he going to pay for the labor and materials?
Oh, he's not?
Oh, I see, the tax-payers will, you say?
But how does taking my money and giving it to him create a better society? Why are you interested in victims of Capitalism when in India for instance there are far more, many more victims, victims of superstition and castes? There is no comparison between the underclass of this country, a capitalist country, and the victims of poverty and ignorance in India, a 'democratic' country.
If I may be allowed to make a gratuitous ad hominem; I think the reason that you have no concerns about the unfortunates in India is because you yourself don't want to live in that sort of country. If you've got to have a political conscience it's best to have it in a country where you can go home at night to a nice home in the 'burbs, close to malls.

: I have met peopel befroe that I consider vicyims of capitalism. They were unlucky, I was lucky to be in a position where I can actually do something to make teh system better so taht it never results in abuses like taht again. This is why it is my obligation to figt against a flawed system and bring about something better. The name of that domething better is socialism.

Can you give us specific examples of this boast?

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