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Tuesday, December 15 - 8:09pmSanction this postReply
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Professor Machan,

 

I like your question for Bernie, and I hope someone asks him.  It is a question that points up what the key difference between Marxism (or any form of totalitarianism) and Capitalism.  Capitalism lets people choose, none of the other systems do.

 

For along time I saw the defining character of socialsim being the public ownership of the means of production.  But now I think of that more as communism, where the government owns everything - totally.  Socialism and fascism are a bit different.  I am more inclined to see the defining character of socialism as the centralized control by an elite.  If the government can tell me, in great detail, what I can or cannot do with the things I 'own' then do I really own them?  I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on that.
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ps. 1883 was the year Marx died.  The Communist Manifesto was published in 1848.



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Friday, December 18 - 5:57pmSanction this postReply
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The right to private property is actually the right to choose how one's stuff and labor are to be allocated. All these statists want to be in charge of that!

 

Tibor Machan



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