Comment: "taking back the fruits of our labor"

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"taking back the fruits of our labor"

How are we being denied the fruits of our labor? Do you mean that we are being denied the fruits of our labor by the State (of course we libertarians would agree), or by the capitalist, or in some other way?

If so, we would literally have 4-5 times the income for our current efforts.

Can you please show us how you arrived at that figure (or any of the other figures you cite)?

If so, we would stop buying disposable crap and start buying long lasting quality items. That further saves us money.

Why would "we" do that? Would we be required to do that? By what authority?

If we stop paying monthly for services that we could own (think solar power as one example), we would quickly pay it off and save much more.

If we had enough money saved up as a result of the above, we would never buy insurance. That saves a ton more.

If we accumulated all of the above, we would never let our kids, family or close friends take out a loan and pay interest. That saves the rest.

I'm starting to get the picture. When you say we're being denied the "fruits of our labor," you mean the capitalist is denying us the full product of our labor, right? Hence your solutions above involve individuals savings money themselves to avoid borrowing from the capitalist, and owning the means of production themselves, to prevent the capitalist from extracting the "surplus value" from our labor, right? If this is what you're saying, do you realize this is just straight-up Marxism?

As the tech advances, it would become easier (already has) for the average person to run small, local businesses that directly compete with large, global corporations. This puts local accountability back into the hands of the local community. This solves many other social problems.

Why would that happen? There's a reason that large international corporations have developed. Economies of scale make larger firms (ceteris peribus, and up to a point) more efficient than smaller firms, while price differentials across regions make geographically dispersed production processes (parts made in China, assembled in Detroit e.g.) more efficient than purely local production. Are you suggesting that economies of scale would suddenly disappear, and that prices will for some reason be uniform across all regions?

This puts local accountability back into the hands of the local community.

In a free market, firms are accountable to their customers, why would I want them to be accountable to "the community," and what does that even mean - local government?

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."