He advocates for our liberation from the rule of the boss (an employer) and from the tyranny of having to work for an employer for a living. He argues that getting everything for free will make us free.
Throughout most of American history, the idea of socialism has been a hopeless, often vaguely defined dream. So distant were its prospects at midcentury that the best definition Irving Howe and Lewis Coser, editors of the socialist periodical Dissent, could come up with in 1954 was this: “Socialism is the name of our desire.”
The socialist argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor. It’s that it makes us unfree. When my well-being depends upon your whim, when the basic needs of life compel submission to the market and subjugation at work, we live not in freedom but in domination. Socialists want to end that domination: to establish freedom from rule by the boss, from the need to smile for the sake of a sale, from the obligation to sell for the sake of survival.
For liberals, these are policies to alleviate economic misery. For socialists, these are measures of emancipation, liberating men and women from the tyranny of the market and autocracy at work. Back in the 1930s, it was said that liberalism was freedom plus groceries.The socialist, by contrast, believes that making things free makes people free.
Now here’s a thought experiment. Doctor Utopia there, Professor Corey Robin of Brooklyn College and his like-minded friends are in charge of the country, have destroyed the rule of law so as to change society, and you decide to go to the store to get some groceries.
You don’t work for The Man anymore because there is no more working for the hated man as per law because that would be immoral as per Doctor Utopia Professor Corey and friends who have a mortal lock on deciding what is right and wrong for the rest society.
So you go to the store to get food. But there is no store. There is no free stuff there. No one is working for The Man anymore. No one. There is no one at the store to give you free stuff. There is no one working to deliver free stuff to the store. Deliveries wouldn’t matter anyway because nothing is being made. Everyone’s been liberated from working for the man and is free now because: free stuff.
Well now how come no one is on top of giving you your free stuff? Where are all the workers?
I’ve got good news. They don’t have to work anymore. They’ve been liberated! They are not oppressed anymore. And neither are you. Now you are really truly free to live your life.
Hello Next Tuesday.
I could end this post right here but there is more stupid at work here that needs to be exposed.
Obviously, to anyone that isn’t so corrupt that they fall for this old socialist bait and switch con job, what happens in the real world is that Doctor Utopia Professor Corey Robin of Brooklyn College and his like minded friends would take over society and you would become a hopeless faceless troglodyte working for them in whatever capacity they tell you. Those who don’t disappear.
And notice at the beginning of the piece the feigned struggle to try and define just what socialism is, how is it defined? This is a real stumper according to the post-modern socialist. I don’t think he’s being truthful even in his supposed inability to define socialism as anything other than “Socialism is the name of our desire.”
I got a dictionary here Doctor Utopia, and I know how to use it. Let me point some things out from the definition. From the OED:
a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
“The means of production, distribution, and exchange” that the Professor tells us can all be ours for free are not things out there somewhere in the world apart from Man being spit out of some magic box. The fact is the means of production, distribution, and exchange are not things.
To the surprise of those people who are corrupt enough to fall for this bait and switch con job the means of production, distribution, and exchange are people.
YOU are the means of production, distribution, and exchange. You.
They are not separate from us.
YOU are the one that is going to get regulated and controlled. In the name of the community, of course. The self-government of your life will be taken over by those in power in the name of the community and controlled and regulated by them. If you cooperate they won’t hurt you. You will be fed, looked at by the vet, and given a proper cage. They will even give you a nice tire-swing-of-socialism for the cage of your life: some books they like.
This is like if our cats and dogs decided that food comes from the kitchen. What’s keeping them from living free? You, the middle man they have to please in order to get what they need from the kitchen. But if they were to eliminate the middle man (you) they would be free. And they would have the kitchen from which all food comes. Your cats and dogs manage to kill you.
And then they find that food doesn’t seem to come from the kitchen… And the dog that talked them all in to this mess has gotten very bossy…
Professor Corey Robin of Brooklyn College
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