Victoribus Spolia wrote:
No one ever said that his conclusion didn't follow from his premises; however, it seems we are agreed that his conclusion DOES involve ATLEAST the implicit dehumanization of an entire class of people; which, if the situation is as a dire as he claims, it would be equally logical to justify their genocide.
Its not that his conclusion isn't reasonable, but that its blatant wickedness should make us reconsider his premises. After all, depending on our worldview schema, it is always easy to find some group to blame and simplify the solution to the world's problems to an easy "if we only disenfranchised or eliminated this group everything would get better." This of course, not being qualitatively different than simply saying "well if those damn Jews didn't disproportionately control the media, government, and academia, everything would be better."
I have already pointed out that if the first statement is true, then the conclusion won't be sinister by nature; as it only implies the ‘expropriation’ of such group of people from their positions of power, and the wealth (that should rightfully belong to its actual creators).
I’d like to add to my previous statement that, such act (of expropriation) would only be ‘sinister’, if done with the intention of replacing one small group of individuals by another- to be the new owners of the same wealth and power. And, it would turn out to be a ‘mistake’, if done without a justified and viable plan of action in order to achieve a system of society in which the political – economic relations serve to benefit everyone, as oppose to a handful of super rich (greedy, profit-seeking individuals, as put forward initially by Qatzelok).
Victoribus Spolia wrote:
This is why the only purely subjective element prohibited in the Decalogue was "covetousness," as from it springs the roots of genocidal scapegoating; whether communistic, fascistic, or otherwise.
I have implicitly given my answer to this part already. I don’t believe such act would be ‘covetousness’, it would not be so because the super-rich / the Capitalists are not the rightful owners of the wealth they have acquired.
It is the existing system of society that allows them to accumulate wealth (surplus value) through the exploitation of the labor power. Scapegoating, fascism, genocide, and much more existing issues of today; are all the results and inevitable consequences of the ruling Capitalist system.
Therefore, it is foremost that such system – not the individuals – to be targeted for change, to achieve true humane goals.
Karl Marx, Economic and philosophic manuscripts of 1844