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I'm a software engineer and a member of Dandelion Village. I am also a permaculturist, Ultimate Frisbee player, rock climber and cook. Time not spent doing these things is devoted to playing with code and to writing.


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comment To what extent did the “Arab Spring” protesters meet their goals?
Is this really history yet? It's rather on going. The outcomes in many of these events haven't really come to completion.
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
3) Oligarchy refers merely to a system of governance. When the thing being governed is a state, then it is a political system. In this case the thing being governed is a company. It is still oligarchical governing: governing by a ruling elite -- the majority share stockholders.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
2) I don't disagree with that. Our current economic system is a pretty well globalized form of Corporate Capitalism. That said, Corporate Capitalism is a distinct form of Capitalism that is not the same as Free Market Capitalism or even the original form of Capitalism. But this is not a factual difference. It seems to be merely a difference of terms? I'm not sure why you felt the need to point this out.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
Alright, I'm going to respond to these to clear up facts and terms stuff. But I'm not going to debate you on merits. 1) It is a "free market", a free market of goods and services. It is not a free market of capital. It would have a different mechanism for starting a business, likely, than does capitalism. I haven't studied it enough to know the details I just know it exists as an concept. I don't know if it's ever been tried in any form.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK Also, in your comments responding to my comment on your answer, what do you find factually incorrect? As opposed to a difference of terms (which you said yourself there aren't clear agreed upon definitions for) or opinion?
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Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK What is described there is essentially Anarchy -- as it is understood by actual anarchists. That is, freedom from coercive forces. No state. No wage slavery. Nothing to force you to do anything. The wikipedia article labels it "anarcho-communism". Here's the link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_communism As I understand it, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat is an intermediate step on the road to pure communism. At least, that was Marx's idea, anyway.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK From Wikipedia: "Stateless communism, also known as pure communism, is the post-capitalist stage of society which Karl Marx predicted would inevitably result from the development of the productive forces. [...] Strictly speaking, pure communism is a stage of social development where material and productive forces are advanced to a degree where actual freedom (freedom from necessity, and thus from wage labor and alienation from work) for every person is possible.The state apparatus becomes redundant because classes cease to exist.[1]"
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK Which part, specifically, do you feel is factually wrong, as opposed to simply debatable or goes against your views? (I ask because I feel many of the comments you posted in response to me aren't factual corrections, but stem from your point of view and are entirely debatable.)
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVk Huh, that sucks. I've never had that trouble with it. Sorry to hear that. Well, I'm not sure what other forum would be better. But it really doesn't belong in the comments. Any ideas?
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK Don't worry, I don't bite or troll. Have you tried the SE chat system? It's pretty awesome. (I would think you would have by now with 62k combined rep.)
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@DVK If you want, we can continue this in chat. I'm in the room awaiting you.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
This isn't the place for this discussion. I moved it into chat, if you want to continue. I merely wished to illustrate your bias. And offer some examples from an alternative bias. We can continue this discussion in chat, if you want, and I'd be happy to as this interests me quite a bit.
Dec
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
let us continue this discussion in chat
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
Great answer, though on first read it appears to have an authorial bias in favor of free market capitalism. A couple of things -- socialism and "free market" are not exclusive. In one form of Democratic Socialism, companies are owned by their workers (not the government), but still operate in a larger free market context. Corporate Capitalism is in itself economic oligarchy (each company is essentially an oligarchy of the owners). Also, Corporate Capitalism gets on quite well with dictatorship. You're very right when you say there is no agreement on many of the definitions.
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comment Correlation between capitalism/democracy and communism/dictatorship?
@sardathrion As I understand it, the dictatorship phase was supposed to be temporary and eventually give way to a form of -- essentially -- anarchy. But of course, since anarchy is completely impractical, this never actually happens.