- Capitalism and Alternatives -

Without a doubt!

Posted by: Stoller on November 04, 1999 at 18:45:04:

In Reply to: Human Nature is Bollocks posted by septimus on November 03, 1999 at 13:44:34:

: I have a major problem with this idea of 'human nature'. That is that there is some undeniable force pushing us towards a consumer driven free-market economy and hang the consequences...

Every epoch produces a ruling class. Each ruling class presents an ideology to those ruled. The ideology supports the rule of the ruling class (big surprise!)

Every ideology defends its social relations by claiming a monopoly on inevitability.

The feudal lords said poverty was 'God's will.' The capitalists---appropriating a vulgar Darwinism (once they got used to the fellow's ideas)---say poverty is 'human nature' (laziness, biological inferiority etc.).

I believe the proletariat---once they assume control of the social relations---will be more honest.

They'll simply say to the capitalist accustomed to living off the labor of others: You, too, must work because we say so. Period.

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