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Old December 8th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #1
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Is it true that only progressive billionaires can save humanity?

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Communism failed in the 20th century, but is allowing the super-rich to dictate to the rest of humanity the only alternative system? Perhaps we need to design a socialist system, which also recognizes achievement.

Bill Gates, the second-richest person on Earth, has repeatedly criticized capitalism. Back in 2015 he explained his reasoning was based on a simple ecological calculation: the use of fossil fuels has to be radically reduced if we are to avoid a global catastrophe, and the private sector is too selfish to produce clean and economical alternatives to fossil fuels, which means humanity has to act outside market forces. Gates himself plans to spend $2 billion of his own money on green energy, even though there’s no fortune to be made from it, and he called on fellow billionaires to help make the US fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy....

How did it come to this? While (most of) the Left desperately tries to protect the old workers’ rights against the onslaught of global capitalism, it is almost exclusively the most “progressive” capitalists themselves (from Elon Musk to Mark Zuckerberg) who talk about post-capitalism – as if the very topic of passage from capitalism, as we know it, to a new post-capitalist order is appropriated by capitalism itself.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 06:07 PM   #2
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Musk grew up under fascism in South Africa and Zuckerberg came of age after the Cold War and related propaganda had been relegated to the history books. I wouldn't call them socialists but I would say that they've independently come to the same conclusion socialists like Marx and Engels had regarding late stage capitalism. While not champions of the workers (and I don't say this negatively considering their work on automation, AI and support for UBI) they do see how capitalism can only regress to feudalism at this point and are attempting to initiate the transition to a post-scarcity economy before revolution or neo-feudalism take hold.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 06:11 PM   #3
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Nope! We are all merely victims of circumstances, and we are helpless to do anything about it.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 06:54 PM   #4
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Nope! We are all merely victims of circumstances, and we are helpless to do anything about it.
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ONLY...Nope, But they will certainly be required.
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