Scott Corbitt

Bellevue, WA, United States

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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
Nobody has ever said, "Oh, look, I have to much wealth." Therefore, I do not understand your use of the word "overproduction". Also, the point of capitalism is to serve everyones' interests, so I don't understand that part of your statement either. People can do whatever they want in capitalism - so long as they pay for it. If you don't pay the consequences of what you do, then you just have looting. (e.g. if you don't pay for stuff you take, or if you dump waste in someone else's backyard, both of which are common in nonfree societies) Looting is bad for everyone - therefore, capitalism is good for "the interests of the community" except for the would-be looters. I would also like to point out there is no such thing as "the will of the community" or, as Rousseau stated it, "the general will". Will is a characteristic specific to individuals, not groups. Humanity is not a massmind. Any belief that is built on humanity as a massmind, or the general will of humanity or the community, is inherently misguided.
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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
Democratic control always means some form of government. Government is forcibly taking money from other people. Even if this control is democratic, it is still wrong. If 51% of the population wanted the 49%'s wealth, that wouldn't make it right to take it. A democracy stealing money from people and redistributing it is just as bad as a dictatorship like China or Russia. And yes, stealing is equitable with taxation: what else do you call forcibly giving up your property? The difference between necessary and bad taxation is that in a free society, as little as possible is taxed in order to preserve other freedoms. It is for this reason that the Founding Fathers said government is a necessary evil: it must subsist on stolen goods. Therefore, we should limit the taxation to as little as is necessary for defense and courts.
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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
Actually, hospitals never turn anyone away because they can't pay. In the U.S. healthcare is better for even poor people than it is for most people in the world. You say only the wealthy can afford it - well, that's not usually the case. Most poor people, unless they are spending their money on drugs or alcohol, can afford much better health care than most people in other countries can.
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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
There's no such thing as taking value without return in capitalism. All transactions are two way - both members give something - except for charity, which helps the poor who have nothing to give. In addition, you seem to believe that slavery is capitalist, but I don't see how it could be, as it takes away somebodies' natural rights. Also, this debt you keep complaining about was created by government regulation: the Federal Reserve regulators strictly enforced the Equal Lending Act, which caused banks to make subprime loans. Also, the value of gold is fairly constant, and ideal for currency: I direct you to http://www.321gold.com/fed/greenspan/1966.html. However, grain is hardly ideal: it rots easily, is constantly consumed (in your system, that would be eating money!) is unsplittable, and - unlike gold - has decreased in price throughout history. So your baseless accusation that gold loses value, actually applies more to grain, which you choose as a substitute. Although you seem confused, we haven't really been on a gold currency for a hundred years: all the inflation since 1913 was caused by the fed. So if you have a problem with currency devaluation, debasement, and destruction, the solution is to end the fed, not capitalism.
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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
Actually, the richest societies that are making all these great improvements are the capitalist ones. So when you say all these new improvements will allow us to get rid of capitalism, in reality that's not true: these new inventions were produced by capitalists, and new inventions will always continue to come out, until you end capitalism. Besides, greed isn't all that drives capitalism: legitimate desire for improvement also drives it. If people want a better life for their kids, or if they want to make some great invention for the betterment of all, that also drives people to produce in capitalism, but in communism, which you seem to like as you echo Karl Marx, stifles these legitimate desires for improvement. Same goes for McCarthy's statement.
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Scott Corbitt
Posted over 3 years ago
How would an economic system not based on the acquisition of material wealth work?
There is no way to produce without a measure of capitalism. The amount a society produces is equal to the amount it is capitalist. Even on the Internet, capitalism is what allows people to produce: bandwidth and sites are bought and sold, and it is because of this that we are able to do everything we like doing on the Internet. When people do not think they will gain something, they usually do not work. Even on the Internet, people only do a few things here and there usually, not hard work. For example, my brother made a chrome app that would let you see when you had comments on Facebook: he did this because he thought it would be useful to him, and it only took a few minutes to make it public for everyone. When it got many downloads, he was hired to work for Facebook. Russel Richard seems to be under the impression that the Internet works without Capitalism - in reality, the capitalism is there, just usually invisible.