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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 12:47 AM
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192. ok, rather than beat the capitalist ideal to death....

let me say that the ideal compromise is a socialist/capitalist system, in the spirit of Stiglitz (see post 84). Capitalism does involve a certain amount of chance and risk-taking, and if I happen to be on the losing end of the system then I would still like the system to be able to take care of my basic needs. This is an ideal that is currently not being met, considering the number of impoverished and homeless people. Also, if I have not accumulated a considerable amount of wealth by the time I retire, I would still like to benefit from social programs like medicare and social security. In my ideal world, there should also be programs for people who are horrified by the thought of working for money.

BUT, in the meantime, I would still appreciate the ability to market and sell my work (as in the previous post) and there are plenty of skilled labor workers who want to continue doing what they do, and be able to organize into unions so that they can negotiate fair wages. The ability of global corporations to outsource to oppressive countries presents a problem, but I believe that we have to work harder on legislation and foreign policy to make the system fair.

Yes, when you focus on the beancounters and the mechanics of capitalism, then it can be very dehumanizing: capitalism only cares about you as a source of labor. The solution is not to allow government or company management to be guided only by capitalistic goals.
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