[ExI] commies vs marxists was: RE: chinese fires, was:RE: book review

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Fri Dec 2 00:56:41 UTC 2022



…> On Behalf Of Will Steinberg via extropy-chat
Subject: Re: [ExI] chinese fires, was:RE: book review


>…That's another thing that kinda bugged me, Spike--the way you were talking about Marxism made it seem like you were conflating it with authoritarianism…


No worries Will.  Given sufficiently independent Marxist governments, most with populations of one to five, the scenario you describe works just fine and always have.


Times have changed, a lot.  Now we no longer rely on human labor to manufacture stuff very much.  A really good example is the Tesla factory up the street.  There are workers there, but most of them are overseeing manufacturing equipment.  It is nothing like the Ford factory that was there 30 years ago where lines of actual biological units made and assembled the cars.  Henry Ford was such a primitive savage that way.


Now our biological units are mostly from India and write software to control the construction of the cars.  They have the option of owning the tools, by buying up stock in their own company.  Those who followed that practice in Tesla are in great shape now.  They generally have a very low collective opinion of Marxism, while simultaneously practicing it in their homes, to eaching and from eaching with their spouses and children.


Plenty of workers today are software developers, in which case they already do own the tools.  More workers are moving toward that professional paradigm all the time.  That whole gathering in a factory renting the corporation’s tools business that vexed Marx (and his four brothers) is really much diminished.  


I can easily foresee that Marxism (and every variant of communism) steadily losing popularity, considering the current experience in China, where the population would prefer to not have the exits welded shut because of covid.  This expediency for slowing the pandemic carries its own risks, such as making emergency egress physically impossible when the damn building catches fire.  The Chinese proletariat disapprove of this as much as we would.  The big difference of course is that our asses are heavily armed and we intend to stay that way, lest we suffer the same fate as the Chinese.





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