[Marxism] Does socialism have a future
ijrosso at shaw.ca
Sun Dec 24 22:21:05 MST 2006
"On mixed economies, you are basically describing welfare states
incorporating Keynesian economics, aren't you? Leaving aside the
merits or feasibility (in an age of all out attack on both
revolutionary socialism and the welfare state), it is just not what
Marxists mean by the word. In the USA, allowing the private sector to
flourish is tantamount to suicide. "
Keynesian economics, it seems to me, is the same as social democratic policies -- policies which may help the working class in capitalist societies but are mostly implemented with the private sector in mind and often "for profit" in government programs. These are short-term measures to pacify revolts against the system and is not intended to be the best policy in the public interest.
Democratic socialist policies, however, would be implemented by socialists in power to benefit directly the common people without any private sector involvement -- or concern of taking profits away from them. They would thoroughly be by "not for profit" programs.
Lastly, I believe a system which totally outlaws capitalism or even self-employment is counter not only to logic but to the demands by the vast majority of the people in the world. Hence I believe the ideological capitalists are right in this respect -- that total abolition of capitalism is contrary to human nature -- and that democratic mixed economy socialism with proper controls and enforcement is the most logical economic system. Both capitalism and Stalin's form of socialism, it seems to me, are too extreme -- either too unjust or too restrictive.
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