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

From: Charlie <>
Date: Sun May 08 2011 - 15:06:59 EDT

Jerry wrote:
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.
How much wealth do you estimate there is in the world?

Hi Jerry,

Perhaps a question more acute than how much wealth is there in the world
is something along the line you indicate, although with more emphasis on
fettering relations of production than technological change: how much
useful work is currently suppressed and waiting to be unleashed?

Thank goodness for every bit of international solidarity against unjust
wars, imperialist oppression, colonial-style exploitation, and the
global corporate drive to push workers to the bottom.

Still, nearly all political action occurs within state boundaries. The
outlines of the next mode of production have come into view by analysis
of advanced capitalist economies. I'm optimistic that the working people
of the U.S., France, Britain, and other countries are moving, at
different rates, toward doing away with capitalism. They will do it in
one state then another; boundaries between some states might change; and
new relationships among them will emerge. But foreseeing an
international socialist economy is still like trying to grab a wisp of

Charles Andrews

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