Comments "Michael Walzer: The Free Market and Morality":
Author: MalazilkreeWalzer is completely misguided even it his intentions are noble. Walzer says, "If all money could buy were rare books and gourmet dinners it would be harmless and that is the way money should be...". Money is just an expression of promises we make to each other over goods and services we exchange, no more no less. In that way, money is a moral expression of trust we share. I worry over those who think we are not moral enough to trust each other and that the world will be better it they can set the limits on our interactions to their standards.
Author: Kagatilarthere are different ways to progress... it all depends on what is your final goal.
Author: MozuruYou know somebody is talking utter bullshit when he calls a Jew a Nazi.
Author: Zolozilkree"They shouldn't be able to buy expensive medical care unavailable to anybody else", are you freaken kidding me? How the flying f*ck do you think medicine advances? This guy is totally disconnected from the importance of incentives in advancing civilization.
Author: VizuruThe problem I've always had isn't that criticism of markets is incorrect, because it very often is valid. The problem is that many of these same critics don't even attempt to address those very same problems in government. For instance, with regard to Walzer's claim that money can be misused, what about politicians using their power for undue priveliges, which is often a great injustice. But Walzer's issue is even more basic than that--he doesn't see how some of what he says is unjust has...
Author: KabarI do not even consider that the least bit interesting, but 2 minutes at wikipedia made me aware that Hitchens in fact referred to himself as a Marxist as late as 2009.
Author: MezigarI have proven you wrong. Don't even try arguing your way out of this one, I'm ending this conversation.
Author: GogarBertrand Russell - "The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism", part 2, chapter 3.
Author: DumiI was more concerned with baffling statements such as "Nazi's were capitalists with government regulation", "Jewish people breed with other jewish people - this is pure racism" or "intellectuals are never left wing, they are always centrists". It seems unlikely too me that any person right in his mind could really believe that.
Author: ZucageNow we have a just society.
Author: KazrahnHe has so much common sense or reason for a social scientist which seems uncommon among modern day economists.
Author: NikokinosOk. Let me just say that I would set limits on what people can teach.
Author: GardajinYeah nice way to avoid the point. Oh and b.t.w. you also said he's "a communist without realizing it". Well let me say that Michael Walzer - who, unlike you, actually knows something about the communist tradition - happens to have co-founded Dissent Magazine which became to be associated with a clique of left-wing intellectuals who are known for their...anti-communism.
Author: DolmaranCollectivism is by definition at odds with individualism. Since it is not possible to reconcile two conflicting claims, it is therefore not possible to "break out of" the dichotomy. You cannot do away with reason and logic with a wave of the hand.
Author: Nikojora'the span of control' seems permanently overchallenged.. stressed, the numbers too high. people can not rule themselves nor can be ruled (doesn't matter at all, in the first place..) in nations of so many people. the peoples disappear, and they are the ones able to.. our base is nature and small communities, the rest (connections with more human people(s)..) should be nice and even more voluntary.. history has proven for 10ths of 1000ths of years to prefer this for a balanced green loving exist.
Author: Doukinos"progress" most people who call for communism or socialism believe that they are progressing human society.
Author: Yolkree(continued) benefits to them as well. For instance, paying to get a seat in an elite university can be clearly seen as a dick move by some, but it also provides the university with a greater endowment, which can be used for research, financial aid,etc. In short, Walzer's work on just war is brilliant and unrivaled. His work on markets, not so much. You want a good criticism of markets, I would suggest literature like The Great Gatsby, or films like Oliver Stone's Wall Street. This is amateurish
Author: Arashigore"Love of money is quite as strong a motive, and quite as great a source of injustice, as love of power. This must be obvious to any unbiased student of politics."
Author: Muzragore"I would set limits on what people can do in the pursuit of wealth."
Author: Mezirnot really, for free markets to truly work total competition needs to be in place. for total competition to be in place there needs to be tons of business that offer pretty much the same product. thus prices are controlled to the minimum and everyone is getting a fair share and no one is really more prosperous then anyone else. That is pure free market.
Author: DuzuruThere are more human rights in the USA than North korea.
Author: NezahnOh God the all comments I could write just providing a critique of your first sentence. But luckily the simplistic statement "extremely intelligent people are not political" can simply be debunked empirically by providing 1 example of an extremely intelligent person who was political. We will pick a natural scientist: Linus Pauling, unashamedly pro-Soviet & a giant in the field of chemistry.
Author: Mirnsovereign small nations in voluntary federations in case of an agressive neighbouring small nation's boundary keeper(s), directing towards jus post bellum, and so splitting of the federation (so always own money: unification should be for defensive war, to end fast, so never unification of coin is needed. of course usa states should seperate all and have own sovereignity in selfdefense and own coin.. generals only in war, shortly, after which voluntary exile, right thinking postwarmen, now peace
Author: MalashoAs the infamous meme goes: not sure if serious or just trolling.
Author: Kagargone of the books i've read in life i'm glad of, to understand just and unjust war.. is 'god is red' one of the interesting books in native american literature, this one by the awake vine deloria
Author: ArashoMy God! "People should not be able to buy expensive medical care that is not available to everyone"!? How oppressive can a person be and still be considered a good-doer by the masses?