Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Dear Socialists: The People HAVE Seized the Means of Production… Using Capitalism.

Posted by M. C. on February 13, 2019

The government is what is standing in the way of the people fully seizing the means of production. Not the capitalists…

By Joe Jarvis

The proletariat did not have to seize the means of production in a violent socialist coup.

Capitalism handed the means of production to the workers voluntarily.

And it did so for a profit.

We traded violent destructive revolution for peaceful productive markets… and accomplished more than socialism could ever imagine. And we are just getting started.

Socialists have long seen injustice in the fact that the workers who do the labor don’t get to keep the entire product of their labor.

And capitalists have responded by claiming that providing the means of production and organization entitle them, not the workers, to the profits.

But the entire argument is moot.

Production costs have dropped so low that basically anyone can accumulate the capital to launch an independent endeavor.

And that has revealed that it was never really about the capital…

Socialists are right about one thing: labor is the main driver behind production.

Unfortunately, they fail to see the value in the labor of the capitalists and managers.

Allocating capital to productive endeavors takes skillful labor. Organizing and running a business takes skillful labor. That’s why most new businesses fail.

But any worker who has these skills can now buck their capitalist overlords, seize their own means of production, and the socialist revolution is complete…

Anyone can start an e-commerce website for a couple hundred bucks. The value in using Amazon for e-commerce is the labor that Jeff Bezos put into the company, not in the website itself.

In fact, Amazon helped me seize the means of production from publishing companies.

I wrote and self-published a book… which basically no one bought. Because the value of a publisher is not in their printing presses… it is in the skilled labor required to sell a book. (And I’d be grateful to any greedy capitalist who helped me sell a million copies and kept 90% of the profits.)

Capitalism has even allowed socialists to exit the capitalist system, and start their own little socialist utopias… on private property.

The only thing that may be holding you back in all this is the government.

Because the government still forces you to pay rent on your socialist utopia’s land–property taxes.

The government taxes self-employed independent contractors 15.3% just on payroll taxes–double what an employee pays.

The government requires licensing for hair braiding, giving diet advice, and teaching kids how to sew.

The government has so many taxes, that you can hardly accumulate enough capital to start a business. They have so many regulations, that you can’t compete against the established crony-capitalist political donors.

The government is what is standing in the way of the people fully seizing the means of production. Not the capitalists…

Be seeing you

Big Gov

I am from the government and am here to help.


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