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  •  I tend to think we need more capitalism, (0+ / 0-)

    not less.  The problem is, what Republicans call capitalism is really corporate welfare.  Sweetheart deals with corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater are being labeled as capitalism but they really are just an example of the rich schmoozing Washington with their connections for deals that make them richer using taxpayer money.  

    It's funny how ideological these diaries are at times.  I was re-reading Oscar Wilde's The Soul of Man Under Socialism and marveling at how radically different viewpoints can converge and diverge.  Wilde, who was an anarchist-socialist (and there were many of that stripe) operated from the starting premise that altruism was a bad thing, individualism was a good thing, that it was the source (or fountainhead if you prefer that term, which means the same thing, ha ha) of human creativity.  

    Does this all sound very familiar so far?  Yup.  Ayn Rand could have stolen directly from Wilde.  But where Wilde went on to say that we need to stop the capitalist system so everybody could be prosperous and release the creative individual within us all, Rand and Spenser and others went the totally opposite direction, ostensibly for the same motives.  Strangely enough, the Rand version appeals more to people like the Koch brothers than the Wilde version.

    Personally, I don't see any fundamental philosophical issues at play here in the argument of capitalism versus socialism.  Those are secondary.

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