quote:Originally posted by umbrarchist:
Yes it's a Pyramid scheme. Bill Gates is currently at the top. I have a Linux book, copyright 2001, that talks about the planned obsolescence of computer software. Technology makes the society and the accounting much more complicated.
That could actually work for the advantage of socialism (the part about techonology upgrading society). Many people complain that socialism eventually communism can exist on small scale, but not on large scale because it's so decentralized (if it's not an authoritarian form of socialism). I don't see why communism would not work on a large scale, we don't live in the days of Marx where people communicated by telegraph and rode cart horses and walked. Communism can work on a national scale with postmodern technology: mass networking, the Internet, mass media, etc.
quote:Were those communes FARMS? Consumerism and planned obsolescence changes the entire game.
Yes, but keep in mind this was the 1930's back when 70% or more of Europeans were farmers. It could work in an urban environment today with modern technology.
I don't see why planned obscelesence would be any more of a problem for socialism or communism than for capitalism. Marx pointed out (quite rightly) that socialism would work better in a highly advanced society with postmodern technology. Socialism is harder in areas with less technology due to the problem of mass communication between labor unions over long distances (direct democracy is easier with Internet mass networking).