Re: [OPE] market - and other kinds of - socialism

Date: Sat May 07 2011 - 09:44:37 EDT

> I offered the core of one in three specific principles derived from
> analysis of contemporary capitalism in my book No Rich, No Poor. At
> least there is something specific to work from.
Hi Charlie:
The first principle is "eliminate rich and poor", right?
What is your specific program for how this would be done *globally*?
i.e. how would international disparities in wealth be overcome?
It is rather easy to see that there could be potential conflict
within an international socialist economy over wealth and
income inequalities.
Also related to this question are estimates of wealth in
individual countries and globally. Yet, wealth distribution
statistics are harder to come by and less accurate that income
distribution statistics. How much wealth do you estimate there
is in the world? I ask this question because socialists often
just assume that there is more than enough wealth in the
world to provide for the wants and needs of everyone but don't really
attempt to make actual statistical estimations of how big the
global pie is. I realize, of course, that this is related to
technological changes - growth in the force of production and
the social productivity of labor (i.e. the pie itself is growing),
- but there is often, imo, over-optimism among socialists about this
topic (the pace of technological change) too.
In solidarity, Jerry
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