Monday, May 01, 2006

Catallarchy has a May Day tribute up for all those who died under Communist rule. Check it out. That's why I hate communism/socialism/stalinism/etc.


At 5/01/2006 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would you also link to a post about all those who have died under or because of capitalist regimes?

if not, why not?

At 5/02/2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

Almost definitely not (but it would depend), for several reasons.

I have what I believe to be good and well-reasoned arguments to oppose collectivism in all its forms, one of these reasons being that it has a long and storied history of providing its political leaders with the tools they need to intentionally commit genocide, induce famines, and all around terrorize the people it is supposed to protect.

But basically it boils down to the fact that I get to exercise editorial control over this site, so I can choose whether or not I publish something harmful to an ideology/society/whatever I support. I freely admit this. I believe capitalism to be good, and therefore I don't believe I should be acting in the interest of undermining it.

As far as the "it depends" part, if the post was intended as constructive criticism, maybe I would link to it.

But the reason I most likely would not is due to my basic beliefs about the legitimacy of a regime. I believe that individuals have inherent moral value as individual and so I oppose collectivism because it undermines this by allowing the government, rather than the individual, to make most of the decisions as to how people live. It has a tendency to take a view of the individuals in its polity as tools to be uded for the "greater good" however the government chooses to define it. I could go on for a while, but I think I'll stop. Suffice it to say that I believe the legitimacy of a regime should be judged on how well it protects the autonomy of the individual. This is a test that all forms of collectivism necessarily fail.

The majority of the deaths included in that tribute are deaths that were intentionally inflicted by the government, through death camps, intentional famine, secret police, or any number of means that can be traced back to specific government actions which were intended to kill. These were not accidental.

They claimed that one can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. They saw the breaking of these "eggs" as a price worth paying. They broke several million eggs. But no omelette was ever made. That's reason enough to hate it, I think.


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