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Re: "Is Nader right?"
On Wed, 19 Nov 1997, Pieter Nagel wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Nov 1997, John N. Bryan wrote:
> > So far as "enforced anti-capitalist measures" are concerned, yes,
> > they are in effect anti-capitalist.
> I'm not that hot on political science, but labels such as
> "capitalism", "communism", "anarchism" etc. are not so much
> names for particular political systems, as attributes by which an
> actual real-world system can be defined.
> If the most striking attribute of a system is its predominant
> capitalistic nature, it is called "capitalistic". But most countries,
> even USA, have socialistic attributes as well - otherwise you would
> not pay tax; and welfare, policing, roads etc. would be services you
> pay for out of your own pocket from various competing "government
> providers". The way in which those powers are alloted show strong
> "democratic" tendencies, etc.
> Its not a matter of finding the One True Label and going all out for
> it, to be capitalistc in all possible respects to all possible
> degrees. The art is to mix all of them to the right degree.
> /_) /| /
> / i e t e r / |/ a g e l
Generally speaking... ;-)