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Anarchy, Property, and Capitalism

A definition of anarchy: ‘without rule.’ To aim for anarchy is to aim for the ideal of absolute liberty, which is to my mind both a sensible and a good political purpose, though if the ultimate outcome ever occurs, it will be long after I've died. Ethical values serve materialist wants, and all moral systems start from at least one axiom (‘...’ ‘is good.’.) No one has produced empirical evidence for an absolute morality.

Questioning Anti-Globalization NGO Claims and Policies

By examining the validity of claims made by the World Development Movement, an anti-globalization Non Governmental Organization, I hope to provide information for - anyone with a general interest, those who are undecided about whether to join or donate toward an NGO, and those who are already activists and campaigning against globalization. I will be looking closely at the 'facts,' claims, and use of language in their material - I intend to demonstrate that this material (as well as that produced by others on the anti-liberal, pro-isolationist, pro-government, pro-autarky side of the globalization debate) should be treated with extreme caution. This essay is mainly addressed to the activists - as a spur to study and understand economics. It is also intended as further counterbalance to the media - which has largely supported the claims of the NGOs, and thereby influenced the opinion of millions.

Poverty and Wage Stagnation in the U.S.?

Average real consumption per person has increased 66% between 1970 and 1996. How can Americans be both earning 14% less in terms of money-wages and purchasing 66% more in terms of real goods? Why in 1995 does the Census Bureau record the average income of the lowest quintile [fifth] of households as $8,350 whereas the Department of Labor records their average consumption expenditure as $14,607 [if taking into account welfare programs then over $20,000]?

Evil Capitalists?

Socialists bemoan the state of ‘poverty’ in their abundantly wealthy capitalist nations (whilst supporting socialist governments under which there is mass poverty) then rally against the most visible expression of the very wealth of their ‘poor’ - mass entertainment popular culture - pop music, pulp fiction, magazines, hollywood dross, games consoles, television. There is not less ‘fine art’ in modern capitalist times, just more ‘popular art’, much of which is thoughtful and entertaining - a democratization of culture resulting from capitalist wealth, affording the ‘poor’ access to production and consumption.