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Socialistic Policies of Ancient China [2]: Monopoly
By Xinfajia   2017-12-01
Confucius hated monopoly; but monopoly was condemned before the time of Confucius. Some forms of monopoly, however, may be necessary for and beneficial to the society. To treat Confucius' theory in accordance with modern categories, monopoly may be classified first into two grand divisions, private and public; then public monopoly into fiscal and social, and private monopoly into personal, legal, natural, and business. Confucius opposes private monopoly, with few exceptions, though he is very glad to give special honor and wealth to men who possess extraordinary virtue or ability for the sake of society. According to the principles of Confucius, there is no reason why the government should grant legal monopoly to anybody except for a limited one, such as copyrights and patents, that is, for a limited time to those who contribute something to society, but not to those who are simply favorites of the court. As to monopoly acquired by natural advantages, Confucius positively does not allow any private person to hold it. Confucius does not permit private persons to have business monopolies, either. If such monopolies are unavoidable, however, a tax on the profits from them is necessary in order to equalize the distribution of wealth.
 
California Governor Says Trump Is Courting The 'Wrath Of God' By Ignoring Climate Change
By Mary Papenfuss ,HuffPost   2017-12-11
 
Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions
By The Associated Press   2017-12-11
 
How Corporate Power Killed Democracy
By Richard Moser   2017-12-11
With comment from the New Legalist editor.
 
The Burning Earth Bears Witness in California
By PAUL STREET   2017-12-10
We have at most two decades to avert environmental catastrophe and sustain realistic hopes for a decent future. Failure on that score would mean that nothing else we care about and (on the left) fight for – democracy, social justice, peace, artistic expression, equality, and more – would matter all that much. It’ll be about the best possible arrangement of chairs and drinks on the decks of a sinking ship....
 
Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation (video & text)
By Daniel Ellsberg   2017-12-10
 
Paul Krugman: The GOP is attempting the biggest tax scam in history
By JACOB SUGARMAN, ALTERNET   2017-12-09
Make no mistake, the Republican bill will hurt the vast majority of Americans — bigly
 
Socialism, Capitalism and Health Care
By James Petras   2017-12-09
With comment from the New Legalist editor.
 
Ancient China: Colossal Waterway System Built by 5,000-Year-Old Liangzhu Civilization Discovered by Scientists
By Kastalia Medrano ,Newsweek   2017-12-08
 
 





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