[Marxism] The-Opportunity-Costs-of-Socialism.pdf

Michael Meeropol mameerop at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 07:14:48 MDT 2018


It seems to me the other important point to make about this "report" is
that the attempt to use GDP as the way to measure the "better" well being
of Americans vs. the populations of the Nordic countries is to remind
anyone who reads the "report" (or journalists who write about it) that what
is left out are all the collectively provided goods in the Nordic countries
that because they don't go through the "market" they show up as a lower
"value" for GDP -- whereas because (for example) our health care system is
private there is an artificially high "value" created for their products
--- the over=pricing of pharmaceuticals due to patents, the over pricing of
medical services due to artificiallly created shortages of medical
professionals ---the lack of decent public transportation systems leading
to overconsumption of individual motor vehicles and fuel --- etc. etc.

Which then permits a real examination of all the work done by the
Stiglitz-Sen commission on how to TRULY measure human well being ---

AND FINALLY --- since the key to socialism however defined is the human
instinct for collective solutions to problems --- the ONLY way to prevent
climate induced disaster (or to survive it without a turn towards total
barbarism or a worse than fascism centralized set of mini-governments
wherever humans survive) is for some form of socialism to come to the fore.



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