kbevans at panix.com
Tue May 7 17:15:25 MDT 1996
It seems that when people throughout history have found that they
were able to support themselves and create economic security adequate for
their survival in old age, they stopped having large numbers of children (who
were intended to be insurance against poverty in old age) - eventually.
Population spikes have certainly accompanied prosperity, before people
realized that children were more of a lifestyle burden than economic boon.
The same thing will happen with socialism and technology. When
people realize that they are in control of their economic futures as a
society, they will likely follow an inclination towards grabbing now. When
they are faced with the fact that it is their own economic decisions that are
reducing the quality of their environmental lives, they will reform their
production. Working people do not now make their own economic decisions.
They don't have the power to support *themselves*. Capitalists give them
jobs. They don't have the power to make the decision to contribute
economically, no matter how much they want to.
That is why the "planned" approach is lacking. Socialism has to
return the power to the individual worker to go out and contribute
economically as he feels he can best do so. At the same time, socialism
needs an organic mechanism to rationalize real social costs and real social
benefits among capitals, as the capitalist market feigns doing.
Marx focused on a worker that labored but was not rewarded. We have
to focus on a worker that wants to work, but capitalism does not deign to let
him produce what he is capable of. We must believe that the worker wants to
produce wealth that he can enjoy in a clean environment. Until we empower
him maximally to produce for his fellow workers (the market), he will not be
able to act in the most rational way.
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