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Monday, November 29, 2004

Give Me a Sign

Another insight into the mind of the pro-Bush voter – on my return from South Florida Sunday, I passed a Jeep that had a homemade, poster-sized sticker affixed to the rear-mounted spare tire. The sign said:

"If I give you mine, that's generosity.

If you give me yours, that's generosity.

If you give mine away, that's communism!"
Needless to say, the word "communism" was written in red ink.

Without going into a long debunking of the political ignorance this displays, let me say this: communism is based on government ownership of the means of production, as compared to capitalism, which allows private ownership of such means.

For workers, there's not a heck of a lot of difference, especially when it comes to government taking their money and giving it away. In America, workers who are paid legally have taxes removed from their paychecks, and that money is redistributed to a variety of people.

In America, most of the tax money goes to high-tech industries, notably weapon makers. Very little goes to the poor. For example, when President Bush handed out his three massive tax cuts, he did so by borrowing money from people not yet born and gave it to people alive now that are already rich. And if you examine how much money the government hands out in freebies, you will see that most subsidies are to wealthy corporate interests and not to so-called welfare queens.

Capitalism, as much if not more so than communism, is about taking your money and redistributing it to others.

But what I do I expect trying to learn something from bumper stickers?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark's theory was that communism would succeed feudalism and capitalism resulting in a "dictatorship of the proletariat." At that time, the state would cease existence, and economic life would be ordered "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

Mark was not an anti-capitalist. He said capitalism saved millions of people from 'the idiocy of rural' existence. But he nevertheless believed that Capitalism could not survive.

- dred

Of course history proved him wrong, and the Soviet Union was the most obvious example of communism's miserable failure when put into practice.

I would say, therefore, that for workers, there is indeed a heck of a lot of difference...tax burdens and federal budgets in modern capitalist economies notwithstanding.

2:45 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark's theory was that communism would succeed feudalism and capitalism resulting in a "dictatorship of the proletariat." At that time, the state would cease existence, and economic life would be ordered "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

Mark was not an anti-capitalist. He said capitalism saved millions of people from 'the idiocy of rural' existence. But he nevertheless believed that Capitalism could not survive.

Of course history proved him wrong, and the Soviet Union was the most obvious example of communism's miserable failure when put into practice.

I would say, therefore, that for workers, there is indeed a heck of a lot of difference...tax burdens and federal budgets in modern capitalist economies notwithstanding.

-dred

2:48 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marx's theory was that communism would succeed feudalism and capitalism resulting in a "dictatorship of the proletariat." At that time, the state would cease existence, and economic life would be ordered "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

Marx was not an anti-capitalist. He said capitalism saved millions of people from 'the idiocy of rural' existence. But he nevertheless believed that Capitalism could not survive.

Of course history proved him wrong, and the Soviet Union was the most obvious example of communism's miserable failure when put into practice.

I would say, therefore, that for workers, there is indeed a heck of a lot of difference...tax burdens and federal budgets in modern capitalist economies notwithstanding.

-dred (sorry- 3rd edit!!)

2:49 AM

 

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