Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

April 1, 2020

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  1. I’d like to leave a comment on another philosophical article by Mr Proyect titled Life And Death In The Epicentre published on CounterPunch.
    Viruses are very alive because they are subject to evolution.
    Capitalism is not a virus because it brings some good for the common people. If it can be insisted that it is a parasite then it’s a partially benign one.
    The antibodies against its most rapacious version, (the one who disproportionately benefits itself instead of the host cell of common people) are consumers, not socialists. Of course not the current multitude of costumers nowadays. We need a new customer who is well informed hence have the power to boycott what capitalism offers him.
    Capitalism is equivalent to a powered evolution of our species while socialism is the worship of those who cannot evolve promptly enough.
    Hunter-gatherers were far from being successful and didn’t have any surplus that allowed them to specialise into tasks which were not merely those providing for food. That’s why they disappeared numerically leaving the field (so to say) to farmers. These “barbarians” were by no mean freer than Yeomen because they were subject to high mortality rates in infants that kept their number low. Just few of them reached old age.
    Mr Proyect could have died before reaching the age of 50 if he were to live among barbarians because they were doomed to live in groups which were not big enough to support specialisation of the kind needed to have doctors. Freedom can still be bargained if you are smart enough in a capitalistic society. The fact that you don’t accept subordination is a declaration of your own failure to be smart enough to reduce it to the minimum.
    Hunter-gatherers know this all too well and that’s why the few of them who’ve remained are so eager to give up their easy freedom with the many advantages of capitalistic societies.

    Comment by Riccardo Pusceddu — April 1, 2020 @ 2:03 am

  2. Of course, I’d forgotten, this is April Fool’s Day. Sooo, everything is okay under capitalism if you’re sneaky smart enough, that is, if you’re a capitalist.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — April 1, 2020 @ 6:33 pm

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