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  • Peter McKillop
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    Q: Why do Marxists only drink decaf tea?

    A: Because proper tea is theft!

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    The Majority Problem

    What IS clear is.......failure to rise to the occasion makes inevitable a steady decline in their life situation, and society's at large.

    Very true, Bob! They need to get a Libertarian government voted into power, for reasons cited previously, to truly help themselves...

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    The Majority Problem

    Democratic Marxism Discussion Paper # 16

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    How to Assess the Societal Majority (Mostly Working Persons)

    Yes the working person is run ragged and tired out by being in the capitalist system.

    BUT.....

    They are responsible adults, and they simply must rise, nonetheless, to the challenge of critically analyzing their situation, and seeking solutions. Some in the majority do this - the heavy-lifting, though tired, to assemble an accurate analysis of their life situation.

    BUT....

    Many working persons (Most?), it seems, seek an easier route. Why do they reject doing this heavy lifting??

    Are they just too lazy to take up the task?...........they would rather just relax and be entertained.

    Is it “avoidance” of something difficult?

    Are many so drained that they have neither the energy, nor the mind-set, to be able to take up the necessary task - to spend time and effort researching "WHY" society, and their position in it, are so abysmal?

    The answer to this may be unclear......

    BUT......

    What IS clear is.......failure to rise to the occasion makes inevitable a steady decline in their life situation, and society's at large.


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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:

    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.

    2.The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic


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    A. Statistics


    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 19 of 2024 (5/6 - 12 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(19 wks.)

    ….…14....................26.......................27


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(19 wks.).

    ........2......................2.......................2

    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are a bit behind those of 2024 so far.

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread does involve discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so “current” issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 27; Responses - 2) are good, and not that far below many other active threads in the Non-chess forum.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.

    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting 1 DM discussion paper per week, near the start of the week. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new “current” topics when they seem appropriate. So, overall, it is expected that the stats will slowly come down, compared to the beginning phase of this thread.


    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



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  • Pargat Perrer
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    Despite Argentina, I think Libertarians should not hold their breath about their next national breakthrough! In fact, in the longer run, the shortcomings of Miele Libertarianism will be most concerning. Pargat has already noted current issues re the situation of the vulnerable under Miele's austerity.

    Also, though Polievre may have Libertarian leanings, he will not replace Canadian Conservatism with some form of Libertarianism - again, don't hold your breath Libertarians!

    Bob A

    ALBERTA PRIEMER ABANDONING LIBERTARIANISM FOR BIG GOVERNMENT

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canad...an/ar-AA1o7UQs

    "This is why people elect governments: To do the things that they can't do in the private sector"

    Now, she's in government and has taken over its levers. She's shown ample interest in not only wielding the government machine's powers, but often expanding or maximizing them.

    She's maintained a larger cabinet than predecessors Jason Kenney or Rachel Notley.

    This year's budget, the second under Smith, features $71.2 billion in spending — a 20 per cent increase over the $59.4-billion budget tabled under Kenney before he left in 2022. Smith hiked provincial spending in two years by more than the Notley government did in four years

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    It is good that Dilip and I have come to some agreement on a few things:

    1. Decentralization is good (My Local Political Units & Dilip's "circles within circles") - same concept that local is better than mega.

    2. Low-income working Canadians who are generally employees are valued in society (I say the minimum wage is too low).

    3. "Hard-working, productive entrepreneurs, many of whom provide society's jobs, are valued in society (But under current capitalism, and Libertarianism if it ever should come to power in Canada via the back door, the financial reward to capital is out of balance with the contribution of the worker).

    Is this accurate Dilip (You needn't agree yet to my asides)?

    Bob A
    Let me give this some more clarity:
    1. Our global society is all inter-connected, though some (inner circles) are closer than others (outer circles).
    2. We agree that many hard-working Canadians are not earning a decent wage; and to correct this, we need to reduce the demand for such jobs, by enabling such workers, perhaps by forming co-operatives, to make their own 'business' out of what they can do best. That will also increase the 'supply' side of such jobs as there will be more businesses creating more jobs. On the other hand by just arbitrarily enforcing a higher minimum wage, we are creating more unemployment, as the demand for such jobs increases and the supply of such jobs reduces, as businesses in the high taxes cum high minimum wages environment may not be able to afford hiring people...
    3. We also agree that Capitalism has created some insanely wealthy individuals, instead of wealth production and ownership being more broad-based. The solution lies in scrapping the laws that these oligarchs have created through the corrupt politicians to make it very difficult for competitors to gain a fair share. In fact these oligarchs, given their vulgar financial prowess, can use unfair means to subdue competing businesses, and hence enforcement of the Natural Law is critical in achieving a fairer distribution of wealth, besides there being an easy access to capital...
    You just need to ponder over the more pragmatic and less oppressive option of Libertarianism as compared to Marxism, Bob, to achieve even more agreement between us!

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    It is good that Dilip and I have come to some agreement on a few things:

    1. Decentralization is good (My Local Political Units & Dilip's "circles within circles") - same concept that local is better than mega.

    2. Low-income working Canadians who are generally employees are valued in society (I say the minimum wage is too low).

    3. "Hard-working, productive entrepreneurs, many of whom provide society's jobs, are valued in society (But under current capitalism, and Libertarianism if it ever should come to power in Canada via the back door, the financial reward to capital is out of balance with the contribution of the worker).

    Is this accurate Dilip (You needn't agree yet to my asides)?

    Bob A

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:

    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.

    2. The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic


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    A. Statistics


    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 18 of 2024 (4/29 – 5/5 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(18 wks.)

    ….…26.....................41.......................28


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(18 wks.).

    ........2......................4.......................3


    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are consistent with those of 2024 so far.

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread involves discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so current issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 28; Responses - 3) are good, and not that far below many other active threads in the Non-chess forum.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.

    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting about 1 DM discussion paper per week, near the start of the week. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new current topics when they seem appropriate. So, overall, the stats should be expected to slowly come down a bit.


    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Hi Dilip:

    Also, for the first time in ages, Sweden suddenly has had a rise in extreme right wing politics.

    It is unclear what is going on in Swedish politics in the last while...........the Sweden of "social democracy/ Capitalism with a human face" of yesteryear may have to now be jettisoned as a part of history.

    Has any CT'er got a good grasp on Sweden's recent evolution?

    Bob A

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    Nature of Democratic Marxism


    Bob Armstrong (24/5/5): Hi Sid:

    Question many have of DM: DM will have both an Income, Goods and Services, and Wealth tax, as now, only on a more progressive scale.


    Bob A (Democratic Marxism)
    Bob apparently admires Sweden...so let us look at what Sweden is doing (from an article in BBC today):
    Sweden scrapped wealth and inheritance taxes in the 2000s, and tax rates on money made from stocks and pay outs to company shareholders are much lower than taxes on salaries. The corporate tax rate has also dropped from around 30% in the 1990s to around 20% - slightly lower than the European average...

    Thus taxes are much less 'progressive' than in Canada... that is why Sweden seems to be doing better...

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  • Pargat Perrer
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    What did I say was wrong?

    It is Dilip's characterization of many hard-working, low-income Canadians - he referred to them as:

    "while those who can lick the a..es of their government appointed superiors and politicians, and can play around with the myriad of contradictory laws, can enjoy life without ever being productive..." - Dilip's Post # 158 (24/5/4) in the CT thread, "Life - How Should it be Viewed".

    Obviously most hard-working low-income Canadians are not "a...es lickers", nor is anybody saying they are......except Dilip.

    Bob A
    Even if we give Dilip the benefit of the doubt and say he was only referring to a MINORITY of low-income Canadians as ass-lickers, there is still a problem about that.

    Because in the same breath, Dilip will say that ALL of the entrepreneurs in Canada are hard-working and productive and doing good things for everyone else. This is why Dilip chooses Libertarianism over any form of socialism. He thinks his "upper" class of people are SUPERIOR to the "lower" class of people.

    In post after post Dilip has mentioned this attitude of his.

    Entrepreneurs: all good, all hard working, all pure of heart, all want to EARN their living and provide valuable goods and services. LOL
    Low-income workers: huge numbers of them are lazy, ass-lickers, want something for nothing.

    Everything Dilip writes here is based on this bias. Perhaps this comes from a background related to the caste system in India. In any event, it is wrong. Yes, some low-income earners are lazy. But YES, at least an equal number of entrepreneurs are EQUALLY lazy and want to make money off of other people with the least effort ... and they don't actually CARE whether their product or service is of any value or not. If it makes money .... YES!

    If we eliminate the bias, we see that Libertarianism doesn't get to the truth of the matter and offers no solution to the greed of humanity. In fact, by appealing to the innate greed, LIbertarianism only exacerbates the problems.

    Just look around. We live in a world increasingly controlled by entrepreneurs and corporations. None of the problems are getting solved, and the number of problems is only increasing.
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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    What did I say was wrong?

    It is Dilip's characterization of many hard-working, low-income Canadians - he referred to them as:

    "while those who can lick the a..es of their government appointed superiors and politicians, and can play around with the myriad of contradictory laws, can enjoy life without ever being productive..." - Dilip's Post # 158 (24/5/4) in the CT thread, "Life - How Should it be Viewed".

    Obviously most hard-working low-income Canadians are not "a...es lickers", nor is anybody saying they are......except Dilip.

    Bob A
    Why are you resorting to lies (or are you just trolling)? I never referred to the many hard working, low income Canadians negatively at all...in fact I have said that these are to be applauded. As Sid has said, you comment on posts without actually reading them...

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    What did I say was wrong?

    It is Dilip's characterization of many hard-working, low-income Canadians - he referred to them as:

    "while those who can lick the a..es of their government appointed superiors and politicians, and can play around with the myriad of contradictory laws, can enjoy life without ever being productive..." - Dilip's Post # 158 (24/5/4) in the CT thread, "Life - How Should it be Viewed".

    Obviously most hard-working low-income Canadians are not "a...es lickers", nor is anybody saying they are......except Dilip.

    Bob A

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    Dilip

    I do really hope you are wrong..........

    It will be an unmitigated disaster if Mr Mini-Trump is able to take over the Conservative Party of Canada, as Majordomo has of the Republican Party of USA.

    I do expect more of my Canadian neighbours..........though........at the Ontario level.....Our Progressive (??) Conservative Dougy just won two by-elections (Sigh)!

    Bob A

    Note: majordomo • \may-jer-DOH-moh\ • noun. -......3 : a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another; broadly : the person who runs an enterprise.
    The post above is Bob's response to: Pierre Poilievre: Memo to corporate Canada - fire your lobbyist. Ignore politicians. Go to the people. (msn.com)
    So according to Bob, who calls himself the defender of democracy and the masses, it is wrong to stop licking the a..es of politicians and it is wrong to have a discourse directly with the masses! Bob, I fear you are just a good-for-yourself-only politician cum liar-lawyer who calls, in another CT thread, someone who wants freedom from politicians' tyranny, as 'elitist, demeaning and dismissive Libertarian... '
    Last edited by Dilip Panjwani; Sunday, 5th May, 2024, 11:12 AM.

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Nature of Democratic Marxism

    An interesting exchange on another CT thread:

    Sid Belzberg (24/5/5): So, I have a question, Bob, based on a true story. An entrepreneur gets a microloan for $300.00 and buys some products that are sold online for $3000.00. Next, the $3000.00 is used to buy more inventory that is promptly sold for $30,000, and so on. Over a year, this person amasses $1,000.0000.00 in the bank. How would DM deal with a formerly poor person who quickly ascended to the top one percent?

    Bob Armstrong (24/5/5): Hi Sid:

    Question many have of DM: DM will have both an Income, Goods and Services, and Wealth tax, as now, only on a more progressive scale.

    Successful entrepreneurs will still be monetarily rewarded, as now, though less extensively and grotesquely. They will have an appropriate "success" reputation, as now. As intelligent electors, I would expect their opinion to be respected and considered re societal issues......I know this will surprise those busy trying to smear Democratic Marxism.

    DM is not overturning all of society norms; it is set on tweaking the system to make it more just and equal.

    In this sense, Democratic Marxism is, I guess, less radical that old-style USSR Communism (Hate to admit DM is not very radical). But it is a step left from Democratic Socialism.

    Bob A (Democratic Marxism)

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