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Drew Posted: Fri, Feb 25 2011 11:59 AM

I'm having a debate with people like this next week.

Can someone help me debunk some of the arguments the Revolution citoyenne makes, he kinda debated the wrong person.

http://unionrevolte.blogspot.com/2011/02/metaphysic-debate-with-redmond.html

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Spideynw replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 12:14 PM

You should break links so people have to paste it into the browser, otherwise they know where everyone is coming from.

At most, I think only 5% of the adult population would need to stop cooperating to have real change.

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Drew replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 12:24 PM

I posted it, it requires moderator approval. I guess I'll have to wait.

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Eric080 replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 12:30 PM

This is why I would rather live in a corporatocracy than be in a little kumbayaish syndicalist commune.  These people would lead us like lemmings over a cliff into mass famine.

 

What we ask is that canadians have the SAME salary than Haitians. What we ask is that all humans on eart...h get the same gratification for they're social work. What we want is to vanish the world's capitalism domination. If we take all the richness that humanity create and divide it by the number of terrans, we could offer a salary of more than 1000$ per months to every of them! Women, men, childrens and old people, ALL OF THEM ON THE WHOLE EARTH. And you can be sure that this way, you would eliminate all of pauvrety and military campains since these comes from economic distabilisation.

Aaaaaand you forgot the bit about destroying any incentive to actually produce wealth in the short term.  There's a reason a brain surgeon gets more money than a person at McDonald's.  The service they provide is more valuable, so it makes every bit of sense for them to earn a higher wage.  Then this zealot would more than likely retort with, "yeah more valuable....But only to the person getting the brain surgery and not to the collective!"  Well boo-hoo, cry me a river.  Different people have different needs and the only obligation they have to you is to not cause you any direct harm.  Get over it.

 

What he is advocating is, "if you work hard, you ought to get more money."  This just doesn't work, because again, when you judge the value of a product, you are judging the value of the product, not the amount of labor that went into the product.  Of course, labor factors into the original price and I'm sure some people (like syndicalists) would shop places that don't employ people in the 3rd world for whatever reason, but that just factors into the price of the product and is part of the demand curve.  You can't just pay people based on whims, this is the whole point of a monetary system and the price function.

 

But yeah, there wasn't a lot of substance in my little rant, but I hope you can formulate an argument out of that gist laugh.

"And it may be said with strict accuracy, that the taste a man may show for absolute government bears an exact ratio to the contempt he may profess for his countrymen." - de Tocqueville
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Drew replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 7:56 PM

I honestly have no idea how I can formulate a good argument for this debate without hurting my classmates feelings.

Last month I wrote a paper on child labor and why it's good for "third world countries", and my History teacher read it infront of the class and demonized me.

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z1235 replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 9:10 PM

All of the social profits go into a BIG social bank account wich no one can access. 1 time per month, all of thes...e profits are divided, by a computer, by the number of terran we are on earth and make the deposit to any of them. No one take care of this. Only computers. But all of this must be 100% public.

Drew Brando:
I honestly have no idea how I can formulate a good argument for this debate without hurting my classmates feelings.

Give up. There's no hope for this chap. Just link him to the Zeitgeist Movement / Venus Project and he'll be happy as clam.

Z.

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Drew replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 9:18 PM

Give up. There's no hope for this chap. Just link him to the Zeitgeist Movement / Venus Project and he'll be happy as clam.

Really lol?!Almost all my classmates talk like him and act like him. They're filled with slogans, which is something I'd expect from a religious fanatic who quotes the Bible. Literaly, all they do is quote the manifesto when the argument goes sour.

Is this normal behaivour?

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z1235 replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 9:23 PM

Almost all my classmates talk like him and act like him...Is this normal behaivour?

No. Switch schools. Find different friends. Move. 

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Drew replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 9:36 PM

Pretty much impossible. Almost all of Canadian youth think this way.

I guess I loose the debate the minute I step in classroom.

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z1235 replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 10:00 PM

Just kidding, Drew. Relish being unique. Use logic ruthlessly and take no prisoners. And girls dig that, too.

Good work on your debate, btw. yes

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Drew replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 11:16 PM

O_o I didn't debate that btw. That was some guy on facebook. He wasn't very offensive with the socialist.

Also, It's amazing how in the end the socialist has the last word, he also makes it look like he "won". Even though his whole argument was sob story, morality, sweatshops evil, people in Thailand starve and everyone free.

 

The reason I got hold of it is because they enjoy making fun of Ludwig von Mises. I tried to explain to them that Mises institute is not just a cool Armory. 

They continue to tell me that this association is funded by "evil capitalists"(oxymoron, according to them) who lust for profit.

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Micah71381 replied on Fri, Feb 25 2011 11:39 PM

I read a good chunk of it but some of the poor sentance structure started to grate on me so toward the end I was skimming and I apologize if this doesn't apply.  I personally like to go with a reductionalist approach to arguments like these.  Ask a series of very basic questions that you know the other person will answer a certain way to then combine them all in a logical fashion and ask him which answer he wants to change and/or what is wrong with your conclusion from all of his answers.

An example of something along these lines (but unrelated to your economics argument) is http://micah-economics.blogspot.com/2009/02/is-government-taxation-morally.html

Another approach is to ask him what happens when the hard working people stop working hard because the no advantage to working hard?  Also ask, why would someone take on a risky or difficult job if they get paid the same amount as someone who takes on a no-risk and/or easy job (police/brain surgeon vs secratery/accountant)?

If he tries to argue altruism you can point him in the direction of psychological research that (for the most part) disproves altruism.

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@Spideynw : You say “otherwise they know where everyone is coming from.”. But what’s the problem? Are you afraid of public debates? I think that if Drew Brando wants some arguments “against the people like me”, i think the best thing is a REAL PUBLIC debate, here and now, dont you think? My english is not very good, but I hope this will not stop us in exchanging ideas...
    
@Eric080 : You say “These people would lead us like lemmings over a cliff into mass famine.”. I think you do not realize how mutch our theory is exactly what Adamn Smith and Ricardo wrote. We bring ballance to the economy and make REAL liberalism possible. We are the true liberalist, based on the LIBERTY of EACH  terrans, not only a few of them. Not only the tiny economic’s elite. You say “the service they provide is more valuable”, but on what do you base this? According to your evaluation, you don’t seem to realize that the people that can make the “more valuable work” can because there are other people working into McDonalds or littering their stuff. These people can concentrate on the things you seem to qualify as “more important” because there are other people that take care of the things they should do if the division of work was different. You say “Different people have different needs”, but we do not deny this and this is exactly why we are favorable to the free market.

@z1235 : Ideologically, we are very far from the Zeitgeist Movement OR Venus Project, but I have to admit that we share similar causes.

@Micah71381 : Again, I am sorry for my bad english, I hope this will not stop us from debating.

Kindly, André Franc-Shi

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 11:25 AM

I suppose if you provide actual reasons and not base your whole argument on "morality"  a debate would certainly be possible.

Can you present your goal for "humanity"? Explain how your system is based on Adam Smith.

Drew,

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 11:30 AM

Also, as most people from Quebec, I imagine you are a anarcho-syndicalit in the Bakunin-Chomskyte tradition.

Now if I understand correctly your whole system is based on the exploitation theory of the Marxian Labor Theory of Value. You suppose that a worker should be paid more then the entrepeneur(owner of the means of production).

Can you offer me an example of a Anarcho-collectivist society...besides Spain.

What are your thoughts on that?

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Felipe replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 12:39 PM

Pretty much impossible. Almost all of Canadian youth think this way.

I guess I loose the debate the minute I step in classroom.

Never think this way, you keep speaking the truth and people WILL listen sooner or later.

Ideas are more powerful than armies.

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Your english is far better than my french.  :D  It was actually more the internet 'style' that gets to me, with lots of "..." and "!!!" and "???", not the actual grammer or language usage.  Your text here is much more legible to me than on Facebook.

I think this discussion would benefit from breaking it down into a smaller theoretical scenario:
Let's say you have an island with 3 people on it and on that island you have a manual on how to become a doctor, some resource that can be harvested (requires heavy labor) and converted into anything by using some magic factory (which requires a desk operator).  We wil also suppose that any one person working at any one job will be more efficient than one person doing all of the jobs separately.

The problem with this scenario in a socialist system (equal pay for everyone) is that no one will want to be the doctor (requires a lot of up front work studying the manual before they can produce anything) and no one will want to be the harvester (very hard manual labor).  All 3 people will want to do the desk operator job of running the magic factory.  Sure, they can all do this job but they won't get any resources and they won't have anyone to treat them when they get sick or injured.

The solution to this problem is to pay each person differently.  The laborer will get paid more than the desk worker because his work is harder.  the desk worker will be paid the least because his job is easy and the doctor will get paid the most because he has to study without getting paid at all for a long time (perhaps he takes on a second job as a harvester while studying so he can feed himself).

The amount of processed magic resource (the currency on our island) that each gets paid will need to be adjusted until each job has equal appeal to the 3 members of the island.  If the tradeoff between manual labor and an easy desk job is equal to the amount of payment then both jobs are equally appealing to the members of the island and therefor both will get done.

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:32 PM

 

Never think this way, you keep speaking the truth and people WILL listen sooner or later.

Ideas are more powerful than armies.

 

I just did this expirement with my little sister. I offered her the book "In defence of global caiptalism" By Johann Norberg.

After which she called me and Norberg a "monster". 

She's the type of person that likes movies like "Walmart" "Ouvrieres"(documentaries about "exploitation" of the worker)

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:41 PM

I also doubt I'm going to get a response to my questions. It seems to me that the debate is over in the fellow's eyes.

http://unionrevolte.blogspot.com/2011/02/funny-debate-starting-with-some-people.htm

Extrait from the link above:

I really don't know why, but it seems that the people from the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada dont wish to debate 'with people like us'. Here is a reply I post on the forum of the Ludwig von Mises Institute with the intention to provoke a larger debate. Here are some exchanges :

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After which she called me and Norberg a "monster".

Try asking her what makes you a monster.  Keep asking her to refine her definition until you get to a point where there is clearly a logical falacy.

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Felipe replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:54 PM

I really don't know why, but it seems that the people from the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada dont wish to debate 'with people like us'. Here is a reply I post on the forum of the Ludwig von Mises Institute with the intention to provoke a larger debate. Here are some exchanges

I thought this guy was just a troll.

He should have made a new thread and post his arguments there, but I have to say, I just dont see any real argument from him.

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 2:03 PM

I think you do not realize how mutch our theory is exactly what Adamn Smith and Ricardo wrote.

I'm almost done with P.J O 'Rourke "Wealth of Nations". By the time I'm done with it, my Adam Smith books will arrive through mail.

One thing is certain, Adam Smith was not a "Anti-capitalst for a more human and natural world". Nor did he advocate the belief that all wages should be the same around the world.

One thing that I liked about his arguments was :

WE "can do very well in sales" because we have money here and some people exploit this by selling shirts 400% the value they really have. And why would an...other human would need to work 12-14 hours per days or more (because it is NOT 8-10 hours in the world's sweatshops) to make YOUR cloth, when a child selling the same cloth in our malls is paid 1000% the salary of the one who makes the damn cloth?

Enjoy.Apparently Price-gouging is wrong.

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z1235 replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 2:07 PM

unionrevolte,

What (if anything) do you have against (1) private property (including one's own body and labor) and (2) voluntary exchanges of such property between free individuals?

In what ways do you differ from -- and in what ways are you similar to -- the Zeitgeist Movement / Venus Project?

This part...

All of the social profits go into a BIG social bank account wich no one can access. 1 time per month, all of thes...e profits are divided, by a computer, by the number of terran we are on earth and make the deposit to any of them. No one take care of this. Only computers. But all of this must be 100% public.

...especially encouraged me to make the analogy. 

Welcome!

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Terrigan replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 4:15 PM

So, they're basically asking for total wage equality, that every worker be paid an identical amount of money per hour of labor.  What are the most effective ways to attack such a view of how the world "should" be?

First, this is nothing but a restatement of the labor theory of value.  The simplest way to debunk any hard reading of the labor theory of value is by simple example.  For instance, you could look at some useful good... say graphite.  There are many ways for a person to make graphite.  But what they are saying is that the person making graphite from wood ashes should receive the same wage as someone who makes graphite by crushing and burning diamonds.  Pick any good, and you can make the same argument.

Naturally, they respond that no one should make graphite by crushing and burning diamonds, but that leads to the next point:  who will determine, and how will they determine, the "best" way to make any given good?  Ask what is the "best" way to make any good, and then note that the "best" way is determined, in part, by the available capital goods for the procedure.  It is impossible to use "best" process X to make good Y unless capital goods A, B, and C are available.

In the past, capital goods A, B, and C were absent, so the "best" method was different.  Of course, there is nothing special about the past.  The possibility that there is some heretofore unknown set of capital goods D, E and F that permit an even "better" method to make Y in the future is very high.  But in order to make D, E, and F, people will need to stop making A, B, C, and Y in order to think up, design, and produce D, E, and F.  What incentive is there to do this if there is nothing to be gained by working on D, E, and F?

Is "thinking up new capital goods" going to be a valid job in this society they want to build?  If not, who will do the inventing?  If so, how do I distinguish a person who is thinking up new capital goods from someone who is twiddling his thumbs?  Who will determine what sets of actions will constitute a "job" worthy of a "wage" and how will this information be archived and handled?

That's a fairly linear argument you can make against wage equality.  There are even some side threads you can take.  For instance, who determines that everyone is getting paid the same amount?  Who observes that no "under the table" production is happening?  What happens when someone is willing to work longer (shorter) hours than everyone else?  Obviously, the infrastructure for observing and enforcing this wage equality have a nonzero cost.  Do these costs come out of the "world bank" first, and then everyone else gets a cut of what's left? 

Of course, no matter how much is spent on surveillance and enforcement, there will always be some chicanery.  What prevents the amount set aside for surveillance and enforcement from growing without bound and consuming the entire wealth aggregation?  What prevents the people in charge of surveillance from using the information they get from the surveillance from profiting via underhanded methods, like graft or blackmail?  (Here I say blackmail because it is the use of information gleaned against the victim's will which is being used, though I am aware that blackmail is legitimate in a free society)

Basically, through these arguments, you can show that the end result of any attempt to totally equalize wages is a totally authoritarian society, in which the individual has no freedom, but must act on the dictates of some outside force.  Whether this outside force is an all-seeing magic computer that has their best interests in mind or a ruthless and evil dictator or group of dictators with their own interests in mind is not something that the individual in such a society can determine.  He can be told that everything is for the best by the dictators just as easily as by the computer.  The figures of how much wealth is being produced can be falsified, and there's no way to prove such falsification is not occurring except by each individual going around and seeing everything with his own eyes, which is simply impossible.

There are other ways to debunk the nonsense being spewed, but that's the one I chose to develop first.  Hope this helps.

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Redmond replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:16 PM

Debated the wrong person?

That person was me ;-)

Yeah I didn't have a lot of time to go very deep into it, I was mostly trying to reply to a point or two here and there - I think I was putting my kids to bed at the time.

Funny story, I had a later exchange where I posted the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto - he called them propaganda and that it wasn't the communist Manifesto.

So I sent him the link.

He was a bit sheepish after that.

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:21 PM

o_O

I found your debate while googling through Montreal stuff. Nice to meet you.

 

He posted a reply on facebook about a "funny debate he had with Austrians".

It looks as if he "won" the debate.

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Drew replied on Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:25 PM

@Terrigan

What are your thoughts on Direct Democracy? Apparently, it's the bread and butter of that type of society.

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@Drew Brando : Morality is a major part of humanity, we cannot dissociate it.
I think you are pretty well aware of ‘our goal for humanity’, now here is why we are TRUE liberalists and why Adamn Smith would agree with us:
-Only us can guarantee total FREE MOVEMENT OF ALL humans on the planet. Only us have a real plan to take off the country’s borders. Of course, you cannot do this without ballancing the economy between different reagions, we’re saw what happened when we do that : rich reagions becomes richer and poor regions becomes even more poor. This imbalance makes it impossible for the poor reagions to produce and consume goods like they would want to. Economic imbalance prevent real liberalism, this is evident!
-We are the only group wich proposes to really and definitely destroy the State (government) without causing a civil war encouraged by the social divisions. We are the only one that offers real free market that will regulates itself, exactly like Adamn Smith described.
-We would abolish most of the advertising that take off the critical thinking of the consumers, and will encourage real critical consumption. The ‘advertising’of the different products will have equal visibility.
-Our economic system proposes a full and perfect competition between businesses, without any speculation, taxes of any kind or bureaucracy.
-In a liberal-egalitarist world, every terrans would become a contractor and an investor. Every human will have equal economic power (the democratic investment) to invest it in the social projet they want. Investment will no more be a privilege of the minority or of the State. Investments will be made ONLY and by all of the humans.

Drew, you say “You suppose that a worker should be paid more then the entrepeneur”. But where did you found this in our writens? We constantly pretend that EVERY humans should get the SAME economic power. What would justify that a worker should be paid more than the entrepeneur? Nothing!
    
We are not anarchists, our system requires a social organisation, and we are far far away from the syndicalists. The world of the futur will forget what labor-unions were for because they will be free to work where they want and how they want, no more economic slavery. This is only a drawing, but you are free to ask any questions and I will try to develop my arguments the best I can.

@Micah71381 : Don’t be egocentric, if you don’t like reading books, be aware that some other people really love it. If there is a profession on earth wich will never have a lack of workers, it is medicine. And personnally, I would prefer the harvesting job than the desk operator one, but this is only my opinion. On this island, if the 3 peoples want to be desk operators, they could all 3 become some. And if they found that they need a doctor and a farmer, well they could come to terms (that they would FREELY negociate) and say that each will read medicine book 2 days per weeks, be a farmer 2 other days and work as a desk operator the 3 other days. And when the crops comes, they could decide that they take a pause in the medicine studing and go work to the field. The important work that no one wants to do must be fairly distributed between each workers, it is not the task of a single person to do the work that no one wants to do!

Personnally, I think it is ALOT more profitable to the island society to have all 3 workers to make some exercise in the farm’s field and that they all 3 have a minimum medicine formation. Don’t you think?

@z1235 : What differs us from the Zeitgeist Movement OR Venus Project is our theory and our revolutionary procedure. These groups base their theory on the collective property of the natural ressources, we base it on historical human knowledge and historical copyrights. Also, their revolution procedure is quite similar to the MAGIC used by the anarchists. Our theory is alot stronger than these groups, even if they could be complementary.

@Terrigan : I do not see where you want to go with that. Look, we accept the laws of market (offer and deman). If the graphite from diamonds is more rare, it will have a higher price than the graphite from wood ashes. Only one distinction : the workers of both of these profession will get the same salary because they both used the machinery and the knowledge gained from the whole humanity exchanges. Their work is a consequence of the social and historical conditions.

You ask “and how will they determine, the "best" way to make any given good”. I respond to you that everyone will be free to make the goods like they want to. What will determine if they use the best production way will be the price of the goods. Look, this is liberal-capitalism’s theory. Maybe your readings from the elementary school are too far?

@Redmond: On FaceBook, I responded to you that the 10 points in the communist manifest was the biggest mistake that Marx did. And he knew it. That is why, if you read the 1872 edition of this manifest, you will find in the preface that Marx and his colleagues wrote clearly pretends that these 10 points are not that important and that we should not bring a lot of attention to these. Unfortunatly, it seems that some people did and still does today.   :0(

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Redmond replied on Sun, Feb 27 2011 6:15 AM

What did he win?

His ideas are completely unworkable, he later mentioned that he did not know what the labour theory of value was, etc etc.

Quebec already is a bankrupt social welfare state, I don't see how it could get much worse, but hey they are free to try, I would just ask that they separate from Canada first.

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Redmond replied on Sun, Feb 27 2011 6:19 AM

Hi Unionrevolte

Please quote Marx saying "the 10 points of the communist manifesto were a big mistake"

Maybe the only mistake was that he actually set out a plan. Then people could critique it.

Spouting utopian nonsense is far more easy and it has the added benefit of being non-specific enough that anyone can be said to be promoting the goals by doing just about anything, even murdering other people!

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Redmond replied on Sun, Feb 27 2011 6:21 AM

Last month I wrote a paper on child labor and why it's good for "third world countries", and my History teacher read it infront of the class and demonized me.

Are you serious?

That is crazy! Where do you go to school?

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Redmond, I didn't say I won anything. Only time will tell if we were true.

You say our "ideas are completely unworkable", but can you offer us an argument?

Beleive me, I would also prefer if Quebec was independant than Canada...

Kindly, André Franc-Shi

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Redmond, here is the citation from the 1872 edition of the manifest :

However much that state of things may have altered during the last twenty-five years, the general principles laid down in the Manifesto are, on the whole, as correct today as ever. Here and there, some detail might be improved. The practical application of the principles will depend, as the Manifesto itself states, everywhere and at all times, on the historical conditions for the time being existing, and, for that reason, no special stress is laid on the revolutionary measures proposed at the end of Section II. That passage would, in many respects, be very differently worded today. In view of the gigantic strides of Modern Industry since 1848, and of the accompanying improved and extended organization of the working class, in view of the practical experience gained, first in the February Revolution, and then, still more, in the Paris Commune, where the proletariat for the first time held political power for two whole months, this programme has in some details been antiquated. One thing especially was proved by the Commune, viz., that “the working class cannot simply lay hold of the ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes.” (See The Civil War in France: Address of the General Council of the International Working Men’ s Association, 1871, where this point is further developed.) Further, it is self-evident that the criticism of socialist literature is deficient in relation to the present time, because it comes down only to 1847; also that the remarks on the relation of the Communists to the various opposition parties (Section IV), although, in principle still correct, yet in practice are antiquated, because the political situation has been entirely changed, and the progress of history has swept from off the earth the greater portion of the political parties there enumerated.

But then, the Manifesto has become a historical document which we have no longer any right to alter. A subsequent edition may perhaps appear with an introduction bridging the gap from 1847 to the present day; but this reprint was too unexpected to leave us time for that.

Sources : http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/preface.htm#preface-1872

 

Look, we don't care anymore what Marx wrote. Neo-marxism is not the same as classic-marxism, you know, WE have evolved in 150 years... You must make the distinction if you want to understand the modern situation ou our modern economic and politic positions.

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for they're social work

'they're' 'social work'.

LOL.

Cranks like this are worthless. I don't know why libertarians bother. They don't give a damn about economics, they're just leftoid religious nutters.

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@Ricky James Moore II : Because some libertarians know we are a menace for the burgess and it's capitalistic world that you are trying to redifine with some elements from the past. We bring hope to the 85% of the people on earth that suffers under the present economic system.

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"On this island, if the 3 peoples want to be desk operators, they could all 3 become some. And if they found that they need a doctor and a farmer, well they could come to terms (that they would FREELY negociate) and say that each will read medicine book 2 days per weeks, be a farmer 2 other days and work as a desk operator the 3 other days. And when the crops comes, they could decide that they take a pause in the medicine studing and go work to the field. The important work that no one wants to do must be fairly distributed between each workers, it is not the task of a single person to do the work that no one wants to do!

Personnally, I think it is ALOT more profitable to the island society to have all 3 workers to make some exercise in the farm’s field and that they all 3 have a minimum medicine formation. Don’t you think?"

What if they freely negotiate to do only 1 job each?   For the love of God: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparative_advantage

Ricky, I wasn't going to bother but this is one of the most basic economic laws.

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Redmond replied on Sun, Feb 27 2011 6:54 AM

Look, we don't care anymore what Marx wrote. Neo-marxism is not the same as classic-marxism, you know, WE have evolved in 150 years... You must make the distinction if you want to understand the modern situation ou our modern economic and politic positions.

Really? so stop quoting him and trotsky and lenin.

The other people on your facebook page LOVE marx and Trotsky - Trotsky was as utopian as the rest of them.

The fantasies are promoted to convince others to give them power.

After they get power, they just fuck things up, because they actually don't have a plan.

Much Like Marx.

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Remind them that someone having a bigger salary than someone else isn't decreasing the other person's salary. Pretend I'm worth $10. Whether Bill Gates is also worth $10 or $100, it doesn't change my worth.

I'd also give Economics in One Lesson a quick fly-through because I'm sure they'll use minimum wage arguments and shit, which you can easily knock down with that chapter. And talk about the broken window fallacy a lot.

Promote capitalism, but also promote voluntaryism. Ask if they'd be willing to get rid of the State without socializing/corporatizing the economy first with the help of the State's coercion. If they say no, you can work with that and blame them for being just as bad and forceful as government. If they say yes, then you can talk about a voluntaryist society in that you wouldn't force them to be capitalists any more than they could force you to be socialists. Again, if they say no, they're just another form of government. If they say yes, then you can get into the details (i.e. how companies need to compete for workers with higher wages and better conditions, how technology doesn't increase unemployment at all, etc.) of capitalism and why that division of labor is beneficial to everyone.

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@Aristippus : "What if they freely negotiate to do only 1 job each?". Look, it is simple, the workers are FREE to do as they want, so if they all want to do 1 job each, they can!
But wich one will do the littering if no one want to do it? The answer is all of them. The littering will be equally seperated between each 3 workers, even if they all do a different 'profession job'.
It cannot go simplier than that, it is the exact same thing you would do if you would live with your girlfriend or some friends...

@Redmond : "Really? so stop quoting him and trotsky and lenin.". What? When did I quote these people? You are the one who asked me to quote Marx...
I do not totally agree with Trotsky, but he's fight against Staline did help to develop the theory even further. He's "permanent revolution theory" helped us to understand the worker's positions even more.
It helped us the understand the impact of the "FORMOISIE" and the "INNOVOISIE", two different classes from the proletarians...

@Brian Anderson : "having a bigger salary than someone else isn't decreasing the other person's salary". You should really go back to school and learn finance. Do I have to remind you that a business have limited finances and bank's credit? What you are telling is like "if the State invest 1000$, that doesn't means I will have to pay this 1000$ elsewhere". We all know this 1000$ will be taken from somebody somewhere...

This debate isn't going anywhere. Please provide REAL metaphysic arguments.

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Felipe replied on Sun, Feb 27 2011 7:34 AM

Because some libertarians know we are a menace for the burgess and it's capitalistic world

Ignorance is not a menace to Freedom, at worst is an annoyance.

We bring hope to the 85% of the people on earth that suffers under the present economic system.

Delusions of grandeur, how typical.

I remember this guy from the Amazon forums that claimed that socialists were "in the quest to create a perfect system" (seriously) and that libertarians were a "bunch of misguided anarchists defending the status quo". LOL

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