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Functional Atheist's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by Functional Atheist

Surprising to see so much support for Marxism on this thread.

Isn't there considerable evidence that market forces give powerful and useful incentives to risk-takers and innovators? Isn't respect for private property, when taxed and regulated as appropriate, associated with the most humane and just societies in history?

On the other side, isn't there consensus that efforts at radical egalitarianism--the Khmer Rouge, China under The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, Jonestown, the forced collectivization of agriculture under Stalin--almost inevitably result in massive death and human misery?

In short, isn't there general consensus (on the Left) that the Scandinavian model, which combine robust social services and highly progressive taxation with respect for individual property and enterprise, provides the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people?

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 05:07:04 UTC | #863632