Re: [OPE-L] transition measures

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 09:16:49 EST

I only have time for a brief reply so I apologize for the lack of
comprehensiveness in the following.

If you call for the abolishment of all debts, won't that be interpreted
as a
call to arms by many petty capitalists, small landlords,  and those who

Yes, I understand that many petty capitalists would gain if there was
a change.  But, others would lose.  And others who might gain could be
expected to oppose it on principle since the mentality of petty
is often that they see themselves becoming big capitalists.

That is why I suggest that the issue of abolition of debts be put to a
referendum. It is unclear whether the population would vote for the
abolition, but should they do so, the fact that it was done by a clear
majority vote would give it a moral authority that would make opposition
much harder. Only by proposing the abolition of democracy could they
confront the issue head on, and that would mobilize the population on
our side.

We used this tactic in the 90s to defeat water privatization. We called
for a referendum, got 94% against privatization and then the Tories did
not dare do it.

> 2. Democratising the Economy
> a) Major strategic institutions like banking, energy, water, land
> rail, airports and ports would be put under not for profit companies a
> of whose boards would be drawn from the general population of citizens
> working age, and having a minority representation of employees of the
> individual not for profit company. A reasonable split might be 70%
> representatives and 30% employee representatives.

How did you come up with the 70-30 division?

Of the top of my head, perhaps one should just say 2/3 public 1/3

btw,  in your section on exploitation (putting aside for now  the issue
whether banks exploit people through lending) I would suggest using
term than "usury".

You may be right. It may be such an old word that most people will not
understand it.


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