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Capitalism Bad NC; Generic

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Will MalsonCapitalism Bad; GenericPage 1 of 5
Capitalism Bad; Generic
We’ve come here today to provide an answer to the great question: to compete, or to cooperate? Assuch, my philosophy is that cooperation is superior to competition as a means of achieving excellence.What is the heart of the clash between competition and cooperation? In its truest and purest form, it isthe conflict between capitalism and socialism, the ultimate competition, and the ultimate cooperation.When it comes down to it, do we want to be competing, or do we want to be cooperating? I’ll give youthe answer in 3 steps. But first, let’s start with some definitions.
Socialism: “
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of  production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
(Oxford American Dictionaries, 2010)
True Socialism:
Communalism.
Communalism: “
the principle or practice of living together and sharing possessions andresponsibilities
 
(Oxford American Dictionaries, 2010)
 Now let’s get into my contentions.
“I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position.” Zizek 04
 
Will MalsonCapitalism Bad; GenericPage 2 of 5
STEP 1:
 
COMPETITION IS A EUPHAMISM FOR CAPITALISM. Ellen Wood 99
 
 Ellen Meiksins Wood [for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is theauthor of a number of books, including Democracy Against Capitalism and, with Verso, "The Retreat  from Class (which won the Deutscher Prize), The Origin of Capitalism, Peasant-Citizen and Slave and The Pristine Culture of Capitalism], "The Politics of Capitalism", The Monthly Review, Volume 51, Number 4, September 1999 (HEG)
This is why it's not enough to say, as some of Brenner's critics have done (including John Foster in theJune issue), that the primacy he gives to competition is contrary to Marx, who insists that competitiondoesn't cause capitalism's laws of motion but is simply their external manifestation in the movements of individual capitals. The point is that no other social form has laws of motion that work through themechanisms of competition. No other social form is subject to the imperatives of accumulation andinnovation, which are driven by competition. And competition is the mechanism of capitalism's basiclaws of motion because in capitalism, as in no other system, the irreducible condition of access to themeans of self-reproduction is market-dependence and subjection to market imperatives. We can't evenunderstand capital's perennial efforts to circumvent competition without taking account of thatirreducible condition of market-dependence and the competitive imperatives that go with it.
“I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position.” Zizek 04
 
Will MalsonCapitalism Bad; GenericPage 3 of 5
STEP 2:
CAPITALISM INEVITABLY LEADS TO EXTINCTION – IT’S SOCIALISM OR 
 
DEATH.Internationalist Perspective 2k 
 Internationalist Perspective #36 spring 2000 (HEG)
Mass death, and genocide, the deliberate and systematic extermination of whole groups of human beings, have become an integral part of the social landscape of capitalism in its phase of decadence.Auschwitz, Kolyma, and Hiroshima are not merely the names of discrete sites where human beings have been subjected to forms of industrialized mass death, but synecdoches for the death-world that is acomponent of the capitalist mode of production in this epoch. In that sense, I want to argue that theHolocaust, for example, was not a Jewish catastrophe, nor an atavistic reversion to the barbarism of a past epoch, but rather an event produced by the unfolding of the logic of capitalism itself. Moreover,Auschwitz, Kolyma, and Hiroshima are not "past", but rather futural events, objective-real possibilitieson the Front of history, to use concepts first articulated by the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. Theethnic cleansing which has been unleashed in Bosnia and Kosovo, the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda,the mass death to which Chechnya has been subjected, the prospect for a nuclear war on the Indian sub-continent, are so many examples of the future which awaits the human species as the capitalist mode of  production enters a new millenium. Indeed, it is just such a death-world that constitutes the meaning of one pole of the historic alternative which Rosa Luxemburg first posed in the midst of the slaughter inflicted on masses of conscripts during World War I: socialism or barbarism!
“I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position.” Zizek 04

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