[Marxism] another computer "system" f*cked up by capitalism

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 10:45:28 MST 2014

Wheels within wheels... In the Cockshott interview linked in my previous
message, the interviewer says: "

*Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor at MIT, recently said in an online
microeconomics course, 'Economics is fundamentally a right wing science…our
models always assume the market knows best, and you are going to be
indoctrinated into this basic position.'”*

*Gruber, for those who've forgotten or never heard, was the main architect
of Mitt Romney's pro-insurance healthcare plan in Massachusetts, a plan
then tweaked to become Obamacare. In the last decade he's been the leading
academic voice against "politically unfeasible single-payer." Fucking pimp.*

On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM, Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at gmail.com>wrote:

> The lead story in the Times today is about workers whose unemployment
> benefits, food stamps, etc. are delayed or denied because of computer
> problems:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/us/faulty-websites-confront-needy-in-search-of-aid.html?hp&_r=0
> This story is a natural follow-up to the Obamacare IT fuck-up. And the
> reasons are basically the same: trying to create and/or integrate mulitple,
> usually non-compatible systems; having the work done by for-profit
> consultants with a vested interest in complexity; and requiring amounts and
> types of data which are only of interest to competing insurers as a way of
> denying benefits to recipients.
> In contrast, today's All-Union Single-Payer email notes that:
> "Medicare was rolled out in six months with only index cards in the time
> before computers.  No need to ask how much you make—it is available to
> all."
> Similarly the still-superior infant mortality rates in Cuba reported in
> the last couple days had to be done with computer systems far more
> integrated and far less complex than what we suffer under. And I guarantee
> you that the Western European countries whose health care is far superior
> to ours have computer systems that are far simpler. Same for whatever else
> is left of their welfare state benefit systems.
> ps See this new interview with Paul Cockshott, in which he describes, on
> the one hand, new computing and mathematical techniques to capture the
> mind-boggling complexity of market-based economies, and, on the other, the
> simplicity of computing the parameters of a socialist economy if the
> political will is there.
> http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=11711

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