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  • Thu, Mar 31, 2011 - 12:24am

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    dshields

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  • Socialism‘s fundamental principles are centered on a critique of this concept, stating, among other things, that the cost of defending property is higher than the returns from private property ownership, and that, even when property rights encourage their holders to develop their property or generate wealth, they do so only for their own benefit, which may not coincide with benefit to other people or to society at large.
  • Libertarian socialism generally accepts property rights, but with a short abandonment period. In other words, a person must make (more or less) continuous use of the item or else lose ownership rights. This is usually referred to as “possession property” or “usufruct“. Thus, in this usufruct system, absentee ownership is illegitimate and workers own the machines or other equipment that they work with.
  • Communism argues that only collective ownership of the means of production through a polity (though not necessarily a state) will assure the minimization of unequal or unjust outcomes and the maximization of benefits, and that therefore private ownership of capital should be abolished.

Both communism and some kinds of socialism have also upheld the notion that private ownership of capital is inherently illegitimate. This argument centers mainly on the idea that private ownership of capital always benefits one class over another, giving rise to domination through the use of this privately owned capital. Communists are not opposed to personal property that is “hard-won, self-acquired, self-earned” (Communist Manifesto) by members of the proletariat. Both socialism and communism are careful to make the distinction between private ownership of capital (land, factories, resources, etc…) and private property (homes, material objects, and so forth).

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America was founded on equal opportunity, not equal outcome.  It is enshrined in the constitution and bill of rights.  It is one of, if not the most important, reason(s) America has been able to generate the civil society and wealth it has created.  If we stray from equal opportunity and move to equal outcome we will fail.  There is so much to say about this one subject.  It is the root of the rot from within that we are dealing with these days with the class of dependency.