[Marxism] Fwd: Convert to the drachma–piece of cake. Right… | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 12:33:03 MDT 2015

You've just proven my point.
1. I guarantee you that 95% of the Goldman Sachs overhaul you were involved
in was socially unnecessary.
2. Obamacare's computing snafus are 100% down to creating a Rube
Goldberg-machine "system" of competing insurers who need data on millions
of independent patients, providers and suppliers (and the latter as a
result needing to find data on the former). The "exchanges" which took so
much work and re-work to get up and running were only created for the
benefit of insurance companies.
I invite any of the Brits on list to speak to what kind of mammoth computer
systems were needed to set up your socialized medicine system (that's
irony, folks).

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> On 7/14/15 2:19 PM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
>> Well yes, in fact, the consolidation of all banks into one means you can
>> rip out much of the coding. Same for every other sector of the economy
>> which would be rationalized: the amount of data and calculations of same
>> required is drastically reduced when you don't have millions of
>> individual firms recalculating every day their prices, their stocks
>> (both financial and real), etc.
> This baloney might impress someone who has never written a program but it
> doesn't impress me.
> A typical large scale project in a major corporation takes anywhere from
> three to five years to complete, and that's without "consolidating" a bunch
> of them into a single state owned firm, which is what you are obviously
> talking about. It is one thing to make such a statement on a Marxism list
> off the top of your head and it is another to create the infrastructure,
> carry out the systems analysis, and then finally code and test a complex
> system. The USA had enormous money and manpower and look at what a fiasco
> Obamacare was before it was debugged. Is it the idea that a socialist
> Grexit will make protection exceptions and program loops obsolete? Amazing.

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