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Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 329 329

You need to add capital gains and corporate taxes if you want to know how much the US government actually gets from every dollar earned by a corporation:

http://taxfoundation.org/artic... [taxfoundation.org]

I thought you objected to politically-motivated reports.

The papers and news reports you point to are bogus

Says the guy who just cited tax foundation dot org.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 329 329

The difference is that Dr. Gallo both never claimed to have a cure and never had that cure fail repeatedly and spectacularly in the real world. I think the abject failure of Marx's solutions is a strong indication that his analysis is deeply flawed. But you don't need to take my word for it. There's already a quote from the beginning that we can study:

"within the capitalist system all methods for raising the social productiveness of labour are brought about at the cost of the individual labourer; all means for the development of production transform themselves into means of domination over, and exploitation of, the producers; they mutilate the labourer into a fragment of a man, degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine, destroy every remnant of charm in his work and turn it into a hated toil; they estrange from him the intellectual potentialities of the labour process in the same proportion as science is incorporated in it as an independent power; they distort the conditions under which he works, subject him during the labour process to a despotism the more hateful for its meanness; they transform his life-time into working-time, and drag his wife and child beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut of capital."

The obvious rebuttal is that the premises are false. For example, labor unions are a typical social construct in capitalism that doesn't result in the claimed consequences. Or consider job search engines. Are workers worse off because the hiring process has been improved a bit? Are we, workers worse off due to technological improvements to worker productivity like computers or air conditioning?

Why should we trust this spew of verbiage when the initial assumptions are patently false?

And let us not forget that so many people, the middle class (or "bourgeoisie"), just aren't living with this sort of drudgery. Marx tried to ignore this group and categorize thema as being more or less enemies of the working class ("proletariat").

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 329 329

So want to see socialism, first the psychopaths have to go, quite simply they will corrupt any ism they are a part of, attempt to turn it into an authoritarian state where they have control and can dominate and exploit the citizens of that society.

The problem here is that your so-called "psychopaths" are normal humans exhibiting normal human behavior. That's the thing about capitalism and markets, you don't need to get rid of normal human behavior in order for them to work well.

The 'Free Market' is straight up marketing lie because it is wholly and totally dependent upon nothing in that market ever being Free, everything 'owned' and 'controlled', so that those with the most can control and exploit those with the least. With everything that can be owned being owned, including all of the essentials to life, so that denial of life becomes the tool of exploitation of the not free at all market place of human lives.

You don't even know what a market is. It's not some magic controlling beast, it is merely an avenue for trade - trade which you don't have to participate in.

Comment Re:Troll (Score -1, Troll) 329 329

and have worked in

I see you've enjoyed the capitalism too.

Hell, I was even there long enough to have experienced their health care system after I got a wisdom tooth removed in Helsinki. Cost me $25 (which the dentist wouldn't take because he said it had been a pleasure to practice English with me).

Just because it didn't cost you a lot doesn't mean it was cheap. Capitalism paid for that bit of social welfare.

It continues to amuse me how people claim that countries like this aren't socialist hellholes because of the socialism.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 329 329

That claim is such utter bullshit that it isn't even worth for a citation. Use your head, man. I mean, how utterly ignorant can you be?

Yes, it's worth a citation. In fact, I have a couple for you. Here's a Fortune Magazine article that shows my claim is true. There's even a nifty graph for you to look at and not understand.

http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/...

https://fortunedotcom.files.wo...

http://nelp.org/publication/gr...

the fact is that the US has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world (go look it up).

Yeah, I looked it up:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex...

And here's the full (peer-reviewed) article, for your perusal. Let's hope you are more capable of perusal than you are of simple Google searches.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Pa...

Comment Re:Troll (Score 2) 329 329

I've been to Soviet Russia (Stalingrad (now St. Petersberg)) and lived in it personally, first hand.` Have you?

I've been to, and lived in, and have worked in Britain, Finland and France. Have you? Hell, I was even there long enough to have experienced their health care system after I got a wisdom tooth removed in Helsinki. Cost me $25 (which the dentist wouldn't take because he said it had been a pleasure to practice English with me).

So, if you want to talk about "socialism" with me, you can bring your "Soviet Russia" to the parks and see if the squirrels want it, because nobody's buying here. My experience with socialism is a whole hell of a lot more germane than your "Soviet Russia".

And yes, I have been to St Petersberg. In fact, I've got a picture of my wife and I in front of The Hermitage right over my left (your right) shoulder. It was taken on an August day six years ago. My wife was there for a Mathematics conference and I was her plus one.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 329 329

First, forget about pensions; 401k plans are much better and have replaced them for most workers.

Fewer than 15% of everyone with a 401k plan will have enough to retire by the time they turn 70.

The 401k plan will go down as one of the greatest scams, and one of the greatest schemes to redistribute money upward, in the history of human economics.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ed...

You know how the Chinese government is forcing people to buy and hold stocks in order to try to shore up their crashing stock market? Well that's exactly what the entire 401k statute was for. Conservatives like to say that Social Security and worker pensions were a "Ponzi scheme". Well, 401k is a Ponzi scheme on steroids.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 3, Insightful) 329 329

The fact that "corporate profits" are a higher percentage of GDP, a prioriy, only means that more private businesses are organized as corporations, hardly a big problem.

More than forty percent of all workers in the US are making less than $15/hr.

The claim that "the statutory top corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent" is a half-truth, because the effective corporate tax rate in the US is actually closer to 50%, one of the highest in the world.

That is some happy American Enterprise Institute horseshit. The real, effective corporate tax rate in the US is less than 13%:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/0...

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 329 329

I'll take my chances with free market capitalism over socialism ANY DAY.

There is an old commie saying: "You keep doing what you been doing and you're going to keep getting what you got."

And what you got is the "new normal". P.T. Barnum had a name for people who believe in "free market capitalism".

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