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PS my father was fond of telling a story about the depression when he was a child. When seeing lines of homeless and hungry people in the street he asked his grandmother "Why doesn't the government give them any money?"
She answered "Because it doesn't have any money".

It turns out that the child's wisdom was correct and the grandmother was wrong. The government ensures that it does not have any available cash to help the poor. This is because of maintaining the fiction of protection of capital held by the propertied ruling class to such a degree that the notion that capital is a creation of the state maintained through the enforcement of state institutions is forgotten. That is to say that Government properly sees its role as the protection of capital/maintenance of dispossession, which are two sides of the same coin.
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PS my father was fond of telling a story about the depression when he was a child. When seeing lines of homeless and hungry people in the street he asked his grandmother "Why doesn't the government give them any money?"
She answered "Because it doesn't have any money".

It turns out that the child's wisdom was correct and the grandmother was wrong. The government ensures that it does not have any available cash to help the poor. This is because of maintaining the fiction of protection of capital held by the propertied ruling class to such a degree that the notion that capital is a creation of the state maintained through the enforcement of state institutions is forgotten. That is to say that Government properly sees its role as the protection of capital/maintenance of dispossession, which are two sides of the same coin.
Reminds me something I heard once about unemployment benefits - the 'safety net' they provide may not be to prevent people starving, rather to protect rich people from an uprising - we pay poor people just enough to prevent them from burning down rich peoples houses and taking all their shit.
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The welfare state concept was a British one, born out of socialist equity philosophy and also as an expedient, a preventive against Marxist revolution.
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If the was a 1%p.a. small tax on assets including cash shares homes and other capital (Small TOE) this would be a much faurer contribution from assets themselves to contribute towards the protection and maintenance of those assets by the State.
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For light on the question 'is individualism valid and of value?' one only needs look to North Korea.

There we have the termination of the very notion.

Instead of the people having food they are fed disinformation.
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For light on the question 'is individualism valid and of value?' one only needs look to North Korea.

There we have the termination of the very notion.

Instead of the people having food they are fed disinformation.
Ah yes but one might just as well say that it is about the individualism of the leader, and his family.
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