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  •  I don't think they intentionally want (0+ / 0-)

    to enforce wage slavery and debt collection.  It is simply the consequence of their policies that they prefer to overlook and ignore.  And that's the problem with their philosopy and policies.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Sun May 12, 2013 at 04:34:48 AM PDT

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    •  I disagree completely (1+ / 0-)
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      Capitalism depends entirely upon worker enslavement, because without it there would be no extraction of profit from the products of labor at their expense.

      If everyone shared the fruits of labor (which is a goal of anarchism) no one individual would amass a fortune at worker's expense. Most people would have a better standard of living than under capitalism, which utterly depends on inequality in order to sustain a wealthy, ruling class.

      That wealth of the few doesn't come out of thin air, it comes from the pockets of the working class.

      Ayn Randian capitalists like Norquist and Rand believe in inequality as a natural human state, and they want this built into the system, which capitalism provides rather nicely as an inherent mechanism. Liberals try to somewhat mitigate the inequality created by capitalism with social programs so that people don't become so poor that they would become insurgent. The right wing doesn't worry about poverty, since they believe that (1) poverty is natural part of survival of the fittest, and (2) the free market if allowed to work "properly" would lift all boats, and (3) they need the employer/employee relationship (master/servant) in order to enrich themselves.

      Free market "liberals" actually do accept this in part, since they are capitalists, but they want a safety net just in case people fall through the cracks. Anarchists reject all of this, and want non-authoritarian socialism and mutual sharing, instead.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:37:13 AM PDT

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