Curt: Understanding Russia

UNDERSTANDING RUSSIA
It is hard for westerners subject to multiple competing ideological frameworks while at the same time, protected by rule of law, in a high trust culture, where people largely tell the truth, to imagine how primitive, superstitious, pseudoscientific, paranoid, conspiratorial, the Russian mind is.

They live in a world of lies. In their world of lies they are rational actors.

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  1. Beauregard

    Question for Curt, would be philosopher:

    How does property rights fit into mixed economies, corporatism and cronyism?

    If a corporation has property rights is that for eternity?

    Who decides?

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    1. Roman

      – Corporatism and cronyism (the bad parts) can be described in terms of violations of property rights — pollution, eminent domain, corrupt privatizations, perverted justice. So I don’t see your point.

      – The old Austrian-Rothbardian Roman would say that it’s for the term of their contract, probably. The new Propertarian Roman would say that it’s for as long as society cares to extend and defend their rights.

      – For better or worse, the guys with the guns.

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    2. Curt Doolittle

      Beauregard,

      I’m going to try to guess at what “fit in” means. I think you mean, “How do we reconcile the apparent conflicts between the logical ideal of property rights theory, and the existential reality of mixed economies, pervasive corporatism, and cronyism?”

      The problem I’m having is that I”m not really sure what you’re asking. So I’ll stab in the dark trying to reconcile as best I can.

      Mixed economies are as simple as corporations with shareholders who receive dividends on their investments – whether those investments are in sweat equity (observing norms), acting in an employee capacity(participating in the market of production distribution and trade), or whether one is an investor (taxpayer). There is no difference between a mixed economy and a corporation. It’s an organization where different interests combine different resources, to produce, distribute, and trade.

      Corporatism exists because the state wanted to give capital a free ride, and took upon policing corporations in the legislature by removing universal standing under the common law. This is a problem of representative democracy. The answer is to revoke the corporate privilege, restore universal standing, and eliminate shareholder voting which is meaningless. (This takes a lot of explanation but I know how to address it.)

      Cronyism exists because of the combination of representative government policing corporations by rather than citizen policing under universal standing. And because funding choices (monetary, fiscal trade, and industrial policy) are made by representatives rather than held at auction, using modern technology.

      As for corporate rights, I don’t know what you’re referring to. But if the current shareholders of a corporation purchased rights to their shares, and therefore to a share of some property or other, or that organization persists as a functional organizational entity then it is hard to see how those rights should terminate. But you could be referring to some strange exception like intellectual property rights or something, and I might not really be able to guess your question.

      All of these problems arise because of three simple problems.

      First, a technological problem of the pre-industrial era where time and the speed of communications were problematic. We are not challenged by these problems any longer.

      Second, by the conflation of law-making (the judiciary) with commons-creation (the government), into a law-making-body called the legislature. Instead, if the government could not make law, only contract enforcible under law, and so the legislature can only produce contracts and not laws, and contracts all expire with the people who wrote them, then there is a time limit on all relations between the public (commons) and the private sector, and laws cannot be constructed to favor corporations for the benefit of politicians.

      Third, there is no reason whatsoever for majority rule. Monopoly government is pointless. Law must be decidable, so the law must exist as a monopoly definition of property and rights. However, the construction of contracts under that law, for the production of commons, do not need universal approval. They need only prevent imposition of costs on non-participants under the rule of law which protects non-participants property rights from exactly those kinds of attacks.

      So as far as I know, all of the questions you’re asking are entirely compatible with property rights theory (or at least by Propertarianism), and in fact, they are only confusing in the absence of property rights theory.

      There are some interesting human cognitive biases in play in the populace but that’s another story for another time..

      Curt Doolittle
      The Propertarian Institute
      Kiev, Ukraine

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  2. Beauregard

    Curt,

    What is was looking for was leadership in offering
    achievable ways ordinary farmer in your part of
    world can keep his beets and cabbages.

    I was not looking for esoteric expository rather mundane
    ways for ordinary guys to survive.

    I was not looking for answers in Marx or Rothbard,
    rather what can ordinary guy do to save himself and
    family.

    Maybe during harvest season you and Roman could
    spend week on farm so as to connect to real ground.

    So I ask for ways your comments can add value to
    future of Ukraine and world.

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    Addendum:

    •Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
    Albert Camus

    •Everything that is really great and inspiring is
    created by the individual who can labor in
    freedom. Albert Einstein

    •Force always attracts men of low morality.
    Albert Einstein

    •It’s no accident that capitalism has brought with
    it progress, not merely in production but also in
    knowledge. Egoism and competition are, alas,
    stronger forces than public spirit and sense of
    duty. Albert Einstein

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