Re: [OPE-L] Socialism and expropriation

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 11:00:16 EST

> without seeming to vent a banality. I am well aware most socialist
> revolutions involve expropriation of property, and where is the morality
> in that?

Hi Jurriaan,

OK, I'll take a small bite:

One could make several claims, including --

1) the expropriation of  capitalist property  is a returning of property
to its rightful owners.

2) in many cases,  expropriation might be justified with the principle
of self-defense;

3) for those who commit violence against people (e.g. counter-revolutionary
forces attempting a coup)  the threat of expropriation could be seen as a
deterrent and its imposition as a legitimate form of punishment;

4) in many contexts, it could be justified through the principle of

I think that most moral systems incorporate means of addressing past
wrongs.  It is a bit much to expect people after a revolution
to simply forgive all past wrongs.  Expropriation is a form in which some,
but not all,  of those past wrongs can be addressed.

In solidarity, Jerry

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