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Marx, in the mid-nineteenth century, thought that whoever owned the tools and technology – the “means of production” – would control society.  He argued that, because work was inter-dependent, workers could disrupt production and seize the tool from their bosses.  Once they owned the tools, they would rule society.
Yet history played a trick on him.  For the very same inter-dependency gave even greater leverage to a new group – those who orchestrated or integrated the system.  In the end, it was neither the owners nor the workers who came to power.  In both capitalist and socialist nations, it was the integrators who rose to the top.
It was not ownership of the “means of production” that gave power.  It was control of the “means of integration”.
   —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “The Third Wave
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Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
     —  John Steinbeck
[That’s me!  One of the lumpen embarrassed…  —  KMAB]
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Capitalism has been proved a false god because it leads inevitably to class war among rigidly defined classes.  Socialism has been proved false because it has been demonstrated that it cannot abolish these classes.
   —  Peter Drucker
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I am wholly devoid of public spirit or moral purpose.  This is incomprehensible to many men, and they seek to remedy the defect by crediting me with purposes of their own.  The only thing I respect is intellectual honesty, of which, of course, intellectual courage is a necessary part.  A Socialist who goes to jail for his opinions seems to me a much finer man than the judge who sends him there, though I disagree with all the ideas of the Socialist and agree with some of those of the judge.  But though he is fine, the Socialist is nevertheless foolish, for he suffers for what is untrue.  If I knew what was true, I’d probably be willing to sweat and strive for it, and maybe even to die for it to the tune of bugle-blasts.  But so far I have not found it.
  ―  H. L. Mencken
From his book: “In Defense Of Women
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2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
 2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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