As I read this article in Seattle’s The Stranger about the Democratic Socialists of America, this passage leapt out at me:
In general, DSA advocates for taking basic needs like housing and health care off the market, empowering workers to organize and control their workplaces, and weakening the influence of corporations, all toward the long-term goal of abolishing capitalism.
I wonder if they’re aware there are only two known methods of allocating resources: a command economy that is inherently authoritarian and a market system?
I welcome any organization that has the goal of breaking the stranglehold that the present establishment Democrats and Republicans have on American politics. I think that an organization with the objective of ameliorating the worst effects of a market system is healthy and benign.
Market systems can lead to some people not having enough. Not enough food or housing or health care or whatever and that’s something that needs to be countered. But command systems always create shortages. The experience of the last couple of hundred years is that mixed economies are best despite needing constant tinkering.
I don’t look as favorably at having the objective of “abolishing capitalism” in the short, middle, or long term. That inevitably leads to murdering your neighbors.