I don’t see how the tax hikes go to help “the capitalists”, if anything, it hurts the pure capitalists.
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.
Who the tax hikes will help are the Corporatists or the oligarchists or the presidents men or whatever you want to call them. Those that don’t want to play by the rules of free market capitalism and want to play by the rules of corruption.
It’s not ‘corporatism,’ you fucking dolt. The capitalists are the ones who control the means of production; it doesn’t matter if those in control are also helped by the State. A small business owner is no more a ‘pure capitalist’ than the head of AT&T or Monsanto. Turns out (and this is something you dumb fucking AnCaps should realize) the State is a mechanism by which one class ensures the oppression of another.The people that will be helped by the tax hikes are those that will profit from those taxes.
The State is a necessary aspect of capitalism; the power of the capitalists is ensured by the State, by involuntary subordination, by coercion.
Baby steps, MK.
Shane is clearly on the right track in terms of recognizing austerity policies as an attempt to deprive the hard-working masses in order to feed a corrupt and wealthy elite that have grown fat and idle on corruption and systematic privilege.
His sympathy toward “honest capitalists” is something that will erode over time as he realizes just how deep the corruption and power goes.
We’re using the term “capitalism” differently in this case, but essentially you and I are in agreement.
Though I feel essentially ALL capitalists owe their wealth to systematic state privilege, rather than just “the cronies” or “the corporatists” or whatever, yes that’s my point.
It’s a mass robbery of the populace meant to pay off politically-connected and wealthy elites.