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    lucid, offgrid

    You've made a series of unsubstantiated statements supported only by capitalist conventional wisdom.

    The old human nature canard, which isn't what capitalists claim it is, or wish it to be. We're social animals.

    And apparently, when you speak of coercion, you're referring to your notions of authoritarian socialism, with centralized authority, rather than a society founded on participatory communities based on free association, and direct democracy, where each person has an equal voice.

    People have collectivized without coercion, unlike capitalism which by necessity is based entirely upon coercion and violence to protect the private assets of the owning class, a minority.

    Capitalism is highly coercive, which is why so much effort has been spent on crushing unions and worker uprisings from the onset. The one thing capitalists fear more than anything else is a coming together of the working class (an overwhelming majority) into a unified power, which is why so much effort is placed on pitting the working class against itself, using patriarchy, racism, and nationalism to keep the workers fighting amongst themselves. You tell them over and over that it is their natures to behave as competitive, rugged individualists, rather than the social animals that they are.

    Reciprocity and cooperation is stamped out as much as possible by the ruling class, and after centuries of serving masters, lords, monarchs, and capitalist bosses, who have long ago seized resources as their own property, its no wonder people have forgotten they don't need to be rendered into slaves.

    You speak of socialist coercion? Really? Only a person completely out of touch thinks workers have real choices, and that they aren't completely dominated by their employers for the duration of their lives.

    "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

    by ZhenRen on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

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