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  •  That's not true. (2+ / 0-)
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    etherapy, Dave925

    Socialism is contrary to capitalism. And socialism is actually synonomous with individualism. Only when everyone has adequate material resources and leisure time can we get around to being individuals. In other words, only when we aren't under the tyrannical control of capital will we be truly human.

    Ultimately the point of socialism is to eradicate the mode of production that exploits labor in order to generate capital. So they really can't co-exist. That would be like saying feudalism and capitalism go well together, when in fact they are mutually exclusive economic systems. Same with capitalism and socialism.  

    •  Not thinking outside the box (1+ / 0-)
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      The northern European countries have shown that Socialism and Capitalism can coexist.

      What is needed is a better defined organizing principle. We need to return to the idea of revocable corporate charters. To the idea that corporations are created to provide a public benefit, and not just to generate profit for the owners. It doesn't mean that the owners can't profit, but that profit can't come at the expense of the public good.

      You are right about ending "the mode of production that exploits labor in order to generate capital". Instead, we need to utilize labor to generate benefits to the general population. That will mean, in many instances, direct public ownership, but in other instances it can be accomplished through private endeavors.

      Socialism synonymous with individualism?? Where do you get that?. I can see saying that about Communism, but Socialism presupposes the existence of a State, which is the opposite of individualism.

      "If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy." -teacherken

      by offgrid on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 08:55:09 PM PST

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