Re: [sixties-l] Re: Bill Mandel's view

From: Elmer Lightman (
Date: Sun Jul 16 2000 - 01:57:09 CUT

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    I was a regular in Bill Mandel's KPFA audience for years. Taped the program
    for it's rare information. And I admire his mind. Coming upon the current
    dialogue, and the evolution in his views, I haven't seen addressed the
    answer to three points for which I've always faulted capitalism:
    1) Waste. The enormous waste of resources in the production of redundant
    consumer products, the over production (the new proliferation "99c stores"
    to at least sell the left over stuff to someone rather than destroy it, is
    small relief--why didn't it cost 99cents in the first place?)
    2) Immediate profit over any real interest in conserving dwindling
    resources for any future there might be. A society that planned for the
    future of the human race is what I'd hoped we'd get from the socialists, but
    did they even have that ethic?
    3) Wasn't the Soviet Union's problem that it didn't have access to the
    world's resources the way the U.S. did (and secured with it's military)?
    Wasn't that a key reason USSR couldn't compete, notwithstanding any accuracy
    of the other reasons Bill gives? And for that matter isn't the lack of
    access to all the world's resources (and of course various social issues not
    to the direct point of this thread) the reason inhabitants of countries like
    Haiti emmigrate to the U.S.? The goodies are here, not the least of reasons
    being that whatever is there has been brought here to manufacture U.S.
    goodies out of. So: more goodies here, poverty there, people come here.

    Elmer LIghman

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