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[Xmca-l] Re: 62:3.5 billion

What makes the end of capitalism more likely is that the bottom half of the
world *get to know* about those billionaires.

However, I think at the height of Victorian capitalism, the *relative*
differences were as great, at least in England. (I can't talk about the
rest of the UK.)


On 18 January 2016 at 07:31, Alfredo Jornet Gil <a.j.gil@iped.uio.no> wrote:

> Yeah... "unimaginable" but quite predictable, to our shame. What is more
> sad is that "imagining" how to reverse this situation seems so difficult,
> if not impossible, to most of us today. It reminds me Latour saying, "today
> it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism".
> He made this comment to point out that what classically had been thought of
> as "Nature", now appears less stable and secure than the "artificial", that
> is, than our economical/societal organization. It turns out that the latter
> is just as real and natural as the former... The good news, I guess, is
> that another way to do things should be just as imaginable as it is
> desirable to many of us.
> Alfredo.
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> Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>
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> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: 62:3.5 billion
> Kautsky certainly would have found this situation
> "unimaginable":
>     We consider the breakdown of the present social system
>     to be unavoidable, because we know that the economic
>     evolution inevitably brings on conditions that will
>     /compel/ the exploited classes to rise against this
>     system of private ownership. We know that this system
>     multiplies the number and the strength of the exploited,
>     and diminishes the number and strength of the
>     exploiting, classes, and that it will finally lead to
>     such unbearable conditions for the mass of the
>     population that they will have no choice but to go down
>     into degradation or to overthrow the system of private
>     property. (Kautsky, 1892)
> Andy
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> *Andy Blunden*
> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
> On 18/01/2016 3:44 PM, mike cole wrote:
> > Oxfam report: The world's 62 richest billionaires have as much wealth as
> > the bottom
> > half of the world's population.
> >
> > Literally unimaginable.
> >
> > mike
> >

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