Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Erik Olin Wright — Capitalism and Freedom

Meaningful freedom and democracy aren’t compatible with capitalism.
As I have been saying. 

Capitalism and Freedom
Erik Olin Wright | professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison


Dan Lynch said...

Good article, thanks for posting.

Bob said...

'Who has the power' is a recurring theme in this article.

Bob said...

Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. The print magazine is released quarterly and reaches over 15,000 subscribers, in addition to a web audience of 700,000 a month.

I guess Jacobins have mellowed over the years...

Tom Hickey said...

That's right out of Karl Marx, which is why Karl Marx is anathema.

Looking at power is off the table in economics.

nivekvb said...
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nivekvb said...

Paul Craig Roberts wrote a very powerful article the other day, and I might write an post on it. I found it a little bit disturbing so I wrote to him about it, but I understood his anger.

So he got me interested in Pol Pot and the khmer Rouge, and it turned out that maybe they didn't murder 3 million people after all, the US had done it. And the people were starving because the farmers had fled to the cities as the US was bombing the countryside. So Pol Pot made them go back to the farms and the food they produced helped to end the famine.

So I looked up Stalin and it turned out he might have not starved all those people either. More in this in another post.

We might never find out the real truth because it all gets lost in history. But communism was just to perfect for the Western ruling class.

Far too perfect:

Hell on Earth, concentration camps, mass murder, mass starvation, Big Brother, hmm, a failed gray, industrial society. You couldn't make it worse. And Western capitalism was the good guy, with Rock n' Roll, Hollywood, and lots of fun. But I reckon all is not as it seems. Something's fishy.

nivekvb said...

Because of my mobile phone I missed some mistakes.

Tom Hickey said...

The Saker has a post on Stalin.

The controversy about Stalin – a “basket” of preliminary considerations

Bad but not as bad as made out to be, and he has plenty of competition in the West.

BTW, the Saker was raised as a White Russian anti-Stalinist ex-pat that hated the Reds.

Dan Lynch said...

Like any other "strong man" ruler, one has to ask if a more civilized ruler could have held the country together under the circumstances?

How are Iraq and Libya doing since we overthrew their rulers?