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Ironies of Capitalism

Ironies of Capitalism Communists said capitalism would die due to it’s inherent contradictions. It was inevitable, they said. Yet they weren’t willing to wait for it’s inevitable collapse, because apparently, like many end-timers, they wanted to help the Inevitable get a freakin’ move on. John Maynard Keynes said, “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of … Continue reading

Why Did Stalin Make Doodles of Wolves?

Do you ever doodle to pass the time in long meetings? If so, you have something in common with Joseph Stalin, who liked to draw wolves on scraps of paper and then color in the backgrounds with red. What do you think that means? (I asked a couple of 20-somethings who said, “Who is Joseph … Continue reading

Left/Right, With us/Against us, Globalism/Nationalism: Why only two choices?

When any argument rages for decades, it’s because both sides have some truth and neither has it all. “You’re either for us or for the terrorists,” George Bush said. “Pick one.” “It’s either the nation or the workers of the world,” the communists said, “Pick one.” “It’s either science or religion,” say many today, “Pick … Continue reading

When Communism Works Well

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Sounds fair. I mean, what’s wrong with that? You may recognize that it is Karl Marx’s slogan, and therefore it must be bad, but think: Karl Marx probably said “The baby needs a clean diaper,” at some point in his life and that … Continue reading

Marx had it wrong, but probably not the way you think

Many people in the west think they know all they need to know about communism. It’s bad, evil and “bloody.” After sixty years of constant anti-communist propaganda, what is left to know? Right-wingy news pundits cut out little tails and pin them on their cartoon donkey labeled “Communism” and the public responds like Pavlov’s dogs: … Continue reading

Adapt or Die-the vital need for reform

John Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” “Revolution” is a word with positive connotations in America, but not in other countries. In fact, most revolutions end with many deaths and a new government installed that is just as bad, if not worse, than the original one. Ask … Continue reading

Phony Choices: Capitalism vs Communism

Many Americans, after sixty years of intense propaganda, react to the words “communism” “socialism” or “leftist” the same way your knee reacts when the doctor taps it with that little rubber hammer. This reflex proves that the sixty years of propaganda has done its job. It is high time to be free of that reflex. … Continue reading

Beyond Capitalism vs Communism: Modern Money Theory

Perhaps you, like I, see problems with both cowboy capitalism and creaky communism. But what is the alternative? As Monty Python used to say, “And now for something completely different.” Modern Money Theory is simply the contention that any nation that has a sovereign currency, that is, ‘prints’ its own money, can never go broke, … Continue reading

Politics and Morality: Karl Marx

Karl Marx (1818-1883), like John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and John Stewart Mill, was a product of the Enlightenment. Both Marx and Mill were committed to basing politics on a scientific theory and the freedom of the individual. Yes, Marx also wanted to free individuals-from exploitation by the elite into a classless, stateless society. It is … Continue reading

The False Dualism of “Left” and “Right”

I am so sick of “the left” and “the right” hurling insults at each other like kids on a schoolyard playground. I am sick of it because 1). It’s a waste of time 2). Rank stupidity makes me cringe. Having spent almost my entire life under anti-communist propaganda I understand the knee-jerk panic about anything … Continue reading