Fwd: Re: [FoRK] the real power law

Regina Schuman rschuman at jfcsjax.org
Wed Mar 23 11:50:44 PST 2005



>>> Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> 3/23/2005 11:14:03 AM >>>

On Mar 23, 2005, at 9:55 AM, Regina Schuman wrote:

> fondly remembering when *i* brought up the disparity referenced
below
> and you called me a socialist.

Yes.

I don't in principle have any problem at all with the accumulation of 
money / power / etc. in the hands of individuals or human-tribal groups

of individuals (such as families) when that accumulation occurs as a 
result of successful and fair competition in free markets.  (That's 
called capitalism, or maybe capitalizm. ;-)

I have a problem in principle when markets are not in fact free and the

distribution of wealth is not *purely* a function of successful 
competition in free, fair markets.  And when that kind of thing is 
dressed up in "screw the rich" do-gooder "egalitarian" ideology it's 
called "socialism."

I've become increasingly concerned, however, about the misapplication 
of markets and competition by syncretic group-organisms:  political 
parties, (some) corporations, oligarchic cabals, religions, etc.  I'm 
more worried about these things and the kind of memetic pathologies 
that drive them --- and their evolutionary impact on humanity --- than

either "socialism" or "capitalism."

Ever the pragmatist, I've more or less decided that a dose of 
individualist-oriented socialism can in some limited context be an 
effective innoculation for more pernicious forms of collectivism.

$0.02,

jb



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