- Oct 2013
I am not saying that. Please don't take things so literally, as to miss the message. Few things are "either, or." What I am saying is 63% is closer to 100% than to 0%. Therefore, progressivism or liberalism or socialism - in some forms- is closer to communism than anything else. It can be a stepping stone. And I would imagine there are some in Sweden, who if placed into power, would take more. Where I work, we need 24 hour coverage, 7 days a week. So, people can voluntarily be on call, to handle business. It is voluntary and they are compensated. We usually get annual raise to our wages, so the longer you are there, the more you make (no merit pay here). New workers often will take the on call to supplement their wages. However, almost to a person, once the net pay on those on call wages reaches about 60% (that is 40% is being deducted for taxes etc.) they quit being on call. As you might surmise, as a worker makes more income, they eventually move to the next tax bracket. I can't tell you how many times I have heard workers say, "It's not worth it." I view it as I made a few more dollars, even if nearly half is taken out (which where I am in the scheme of things). But, then I need the money. The point is, for almost everybody but the most desperate, there is point of diminishing returns, whereby the work is no longer worth the compensation and people will work less, as their leisure time ( or sanity or health or whatever else) is more valuable than the compensation they view as not enough for the work.
What i'm saying is that marxism isn't caracterised by tax rate, not even by the percentage of tax rate. Tax remains, in a form or another, a redistribution. And taxes as redistribution exists in ultra-liberal societies, as in conseravtive, communist, aso.
I'm also saying that IMHO, when we're positioned at center/right, all too often wz qualify what we dissagree with as "Marxist", as if we're at center/left, we all too often qualify what we dissagree with as "Fascist."
It's useless, not towards marxism/fascism, but mainly towards ourselves. We're passing near the truth, and we're not even realising that we missed it.
P.S. I'll come back for Lukàcs