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Occam's Stubble

The problem you're going to have with politicians is that progressives, most Democrats and some Republicans, think it is their job to tinker with society trying to create their vision of Utopia. This idea of giving everyone an equal stipend and leaving the rest to the free market is not going to go over well with a lot of them.

Kartik Gada

Occam's Stubble,

Perhaps. The key is international competition. In Chapter 10, I describe 4 candidate countries that can use their small size to their advantage and outcompete larger countries, while simultaneously proving the effectiveness of this approach.

Shubert

Good stuff.

I'd be happy if I just didn't have to pay taxes (I live in Massachusetts, so taxes suck here.)

Ross Pike

As a millenial investor focusing almost solely on disruptive innovation, and politically a Marxist myself (it's complicated), I must say I agree with almost everything up until now -- and certainly agree on all the broad strokes and conclusions you've drawn.

Not that my agreement is worth anything, of course. I just find it evocative that much of the same conclusions I've independently arrived to, as a result of reconciling my reformist Marxist and effective altruist inclinations, are non-trivially similar to your own. My assessments are infinitely less concrete, eloquent, backed up, verifiable, or convincing as yours, mind you, but I chalk that up to a wide dirth of age, experience, and obvious insight.

Also, you said "This solution transcends both socialism and capitalism," and I must add a caveat. I doubt you've read much Marx but it should be noted that there is resoundingly more similarity between his writings and conceptions, and what I've read of ATOM so far, than between that of the traditionally accepted economic explanations of neoliberals and the ATOM. Speaking not of his ideological conclusions and their dictats -- which arise from his economic model when paired with his psychology and cultural environment of the time and individual choices -- but purely of his full conception of historical materialism and his progression of human history through to capitalism and beyond.

The "and beyond" part pertaining to technological advancement and its impact upon capitalism especially, but certainly not exclusively.

I'm not joking nor exaggerating, but I must say I'm thrilled to have discovered such a salient overlap from such starkly different perspectives. I will certainly be re-reading Capital again after I finish reading the rest of the ATOM chapters, infact.

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