Karl Marx (1818–1883)
Marx’s “equality” was conditional, and although his vision was based on human need within the community, which is a central concern to the proponents of the Equal Money System (EMS), it was is still conditional. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…” For Marx, the only real equality that existed was the real value, which is linked to one’s labor or production.
Despite all the faults one may find in Marx’s perspectives, you have to say this about the cat – at least he took seriously the idea of reimagining the social arrangement of his era, an arrangement more or less based on egalitarian principles and the removal of the wealth and class distinction.
Marx’s critique of capitalism – its brutal exploitation, alienation, scarcity and enslavement was set against his social theory of a materialist conception of history as the history of class struggle. For Marx, History is the tale of the movement of class struggle. Marx’s historical approach was formed in part from Hegel’s dialectical theories (in terms of the oppositional forces in conflict), scientific analysis and Darwin’s theories of natural evolution; and laid the foundation for a historical narrative of the social evolution of class struggle. Indeed, the historical process of class struggle has an evolutionary Darwinian aspect, with Marx drawing a line from primitive times, to feudalism, to mercantilism and capitalism. Marx foresaw socialism and communism as the last steps towards establishing his version of utopia.
However, where Marx failed is that he could not conceive a workable set of social relations that would be the best for all. Within the Marxian principle one either had to produce something or one must fuck off. Marx’s equality was based on whatever labor one produced to make something. This was a tragic mistake, for if Marx concentrated on money instead; he would have laid bare the principle of how the struggle to acquire money was the most important aspect of a person’s life.
Unlike communism, EMS goes ALL THE WAY in covering the needs of people while providing an outlet for production. In other words, EMS provides for two revenue streams, one that covers necessity and one that allows one to produce without exploiting others. Look, communism was always primed for “freedom,” betraying its Liberal philosophical roots. Nevertheless, what happened? The Marxist utopia descended into a more complete form of enslavement kindly installed by an emergent elite of totalitarian gangsters. This is why there is great mistrust over any discussion of changing economic systems. We have been conditioned to believe that we are powerless to oppose or stop those who hold power of money while perversely believing that something called “freedom” exists. There is no freedom without Equality.