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Comment: Re:What's it good for? (Score 1) 235

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48433273) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Space has lots of good stuff. Those millions of inhospitable cold rocks are chock full of easily extractable metals of all sorts. The millions of inhospitable cold rocks are often also covered in ice, which can be turned into lots of things. And luckily someone left a giant nuclear reactor sitting in the middle of it all that we can use to take advantage of this insane abundance. Also, nobody cares about pollution in space.

Comment: Re:Some thoughts... (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48350177) Attached to: 25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Marxist communism fails wherever it is tried (and saw to the murders of over 100 million innocent people) because it's fundamentally broken. It lacks any of the value indicators that are essential to any economic system.

Marx believed firmly in the labor theory of value, and as such all economic power derived from human labor, not from mechanical power and as such almost completely ignores the value of intellectual work, the guy who figures out the right way to apply labor to raw materials is fantastically more effective than the one who does it the wrong way.

Communism is also terrible at effectively allocating resources since it lacks the price signals that bundle cost and relative value and communicate them in a way that enables efficient allocation of resources to maximize what people collectively perceive as good, which is why communist economies always fail, and will always fail, even in the presence of automated systems that produce and distribute all of the essentials of life to everyone equally.

"All basic necessities of life will be for free and accessible to all members of said society + a few extras brought up by civilization. The list went --> basic necessities are air, water, food, shelter, warmth [energy] and clothing. The extras were child-care, education and medicine."

And yet that's very much what exists in the social welfare systems of most western countries today, with a few exceptions. They focus, quite rightly, on trying to get people back to work, but for the most part nobody starves by the roadside. Simultaneously they harness the desire for self improvement and reward it, creating an incentive for advancement.

As to the rest to be honest it just looks like a lengthy paranoid misanthropic screed.

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