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William Z. Foster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 10:52 PM
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118. we have that now
What a mess.

The degree to which Capitalism was reined in to some extent for a brief while was when there was a massive and militant left wing presence in this country in the 30's - Socialists and Communists. "Regulated Capitalism," such as it was, represented a compromise, not a plan or a goal. That is risky ebnougn. If you start by advocating "regulated Capitlaism" you have lost the battle before you start.

Advocating "regulated Capitalism" is like advocating for fresh vegetables - yum yum - and not being willing to do any plowing or weeding or harvesting. "I am for that good thing (that could only happen because there was a strong left wing in the country advocating the abolition of Capitalism) called regulated Capitalism, but I am opposed to a strong left wing in the country advocating the abolition of Capitalism."

Speaking of Abolition, what would you think of "regulated slavery?" That is what many people advocated back before the Civil War - slavery contained and restricted and regulated. That was certainly better than unregulated slavery, I suppose. But it was no excuse not to advocate for total emancipation.

Progress means eliminating the actual chains, then the political chains, and now the economic chains. It flows one direction. Advocating anything less is to fight the tide of progress.
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