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Is a $300 billion subsidy to the fossil fuel industry corporate extortion?

I read a newspaper report that the fossil fuel industry receives a direct subsidy of $370 billion and an indirect subsidy, according to an IMF report, including health and climate damage and recovery ...
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Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense?

Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense? It may help to know if it's made, bought and sold. Can people own more or less of the internet, and in what ways?
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How did Peter L. Berger's view of capitalism differ from Ivan Illich's?

These two men had different opinions on capitalism. I thought Ivan Illich was an anarchist. But I thought Dr. Berger believed that socialism was a myth. I read that they disagreed on capitalism. ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

This question is not really related to objectivism, but I am somewhat intersted in "What would Ayn Rand say?", with emphasis on her defense of capitalism rather than her general philosophy. Accepting ...
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Are Marx's crises of capitalism essentially crises for the working class?

Are Marx's crises of capitalism essentially crises for the working class? It is well known that Marx predicted increased immiseration of the working class relative to the bourgeoisie, and that crises,...
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What's the name of the “God creates Evil” fallacy?

I see this fallacy everywhere, from anti-Christians to Socialists/Communists. It goes like this: "if God exists, then why did He make all this Evil?" Another example: "the baker, by baking bread and ...
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What's a 'bootstrap argument'?

Glasbeek, Harry. BA, LLB (Melbourne), JD (Chicago). Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism (2017). p. 168 Bottom.   This is a good juncture at which to remind ...
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Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological?

Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological? If so, who, what specifically are their research interests, and what studies into it are available? By 'ideology' I suppose ...
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How can laissez-faire capitalism not turn to corporatocracy?

An idea of corporatocracy (pretty dystopian) exists in some movies and videogames. Typically huge corporations ar epresented as having own armies and those armies can force citizens do their work. We ...
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How did subjectivity change with capitalism?

How did human subjectivity change with capitalism? I'm interested in Marxist answers, but I will accept answers from other perspectives. So, less about how our understanding of 'subjectivity' changed ...
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Validity of Authority

I am an anarchist, and frequently in political philosophy discussions my visions and ideals of a leaderless society are rebuffed with the claim that people are not capable enough/ not to be trusted to ...
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Is (almost) every store unethical due to its pricing strategy?

Almost every store sells a majority of their products using cheap, manipulative tricks such as setting the sales price at a number ending in 9. So instead of 50, they'll ask for 49. Instead of 250, ...
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Is the folliowing tu quoque a reasonable argument?

Is the following tu quo que a reasonable argument? Don't be a communist, you saw what happened in Russia Reply: And the slave trade was run by capitalists. I'm not even sure if the reply is true, ...
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What is intrinsic in Capitalism which leads to accumulation of wealth with a minority?

I know this is a broad question some would recommend me reading Marx or other critics of capitalism to find the answer. But my question is, in almost all western world, there are left wing entities in ...
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Do Deleuze and Baudrillard really advocate extracting capitalism's “subversive energy”?

I'm reading Forget Foucault by Baudrillard, or starting to, anyway. Still in Sylvere Lotringer's introduction. He claims that, after the failure of the '68 revolution in France, thinkers like Deleuze ...
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Would an universal basic income eliminate exploitation (a la Marx) in capitalism?

Marx's argument in the theory of exploitation is that capitalists do not need to sell their labour power in the market in order to live, whereas workers need to do so. As such, workers are not really "...