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Frederick53
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8/6/2012 10:16:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and having just caught the end of Salvador on TV I feel compelled to start this topic.

Everyone knows that authoritarianism is a direct route to tyranny, whether leftist or rightist. The atrocities committed in the name of the communist state are undoubtedly the most large scale and horrific events in recent human history, but the atrocities committed in the name the capitalist state in South and Central America are a close second. I don't pretend that a quasi-socialist government is incapable of causing suffering, so I'd appreciate it if certain people didn't pretend that capitalist governments are incapable of causing suffering.
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8/8/2012 6:15:02 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Everyone agrees capitalism can cause these tragedies.

People think, however, it depends on how the system is indicated. Dictator capitalism will inevitably lead to oppression. As will other regimes regardless of economic policy. It's [less] likely a government truely bound it it's constitution (as long as it preserves rights) can cause large scale murders.

Sadly America has left its bounds. And it's barely capitalist :(
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8/12/2012 8:10:53 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Well some of what I've heard regarding Chile especially is downright disturbing. People have said (maybe not on here but elsewhere on the internet) that the cruel and oppressive regime of Pinochet was completely justified because no matter what he did, his free market policies somehow absolved him of wrongdoings. I find that kind of thinking sickening. Like I said, I don't think that any socialist or communist government that brutalizes its people can be seen as good no matter how much I agree with their economic policy. I see so many people say that the thousands of innocents locked up and murdered for their beliefs were merely an unavoidable side effect of the implementation of the free market in the third world, and that the Chicago Boys were somehow courageous for agreeing to work with Pinochet. If I said that Stalin's regime was justified because he believed in Marxism, even in a circle of Marxists, I'd surely meet some harsh words. Nobody should logically want to tie their ideology to a dark stain on history, and yet many people proudly boast Chile (as well as other right wing uprisings and terrorist groups in Latin America) as examples of free market freedom fighters.
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Like no wonder that indian dude rejected you.- Darkkermit to royalpaladin

Social Darwinism is a justification- 1Historygenius

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