We at ACC are for capitalism because it is a liberating force. It makes lives better. It provides opportunity. It offers escape from despair.
The big government Marxist critique of the 20th Century is death. Centrally planned projects, with an emphasis on state approved “experts” is a dead end.
That is actually kind. Perhaps “societally and intellectually suicidal” would be more accurate than “dead end.”.
If one wants people to live poorly, to die early, to feel more pain than need be, to live below their potential spiritually, intellectually, and economically with a longing always in their heart for something better but which can not be obtained, then by all means support socialism.
If on the other hand one believes in the human spirit and the dignity of all humankind, I’d suggest learning about how real capitalism, free voluntary markets, make the world a better place.
If one does this however one may have a sudden urge to feed one’s Che Guevara t-shirt into the garbage disposal. So be warned.
One other thing. Before one becomes too enamored with the “noble savage” idea. That cellular communication makes the rain forest of New Guinea less “real.” I say tell that to the mother who can now treat her daughter who suffers with typhoid, or the village chief who can now upload illegal logging around his home to the world.
(From Technology Review)
The project was set up by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. The resulting network is now operated by a tiny stand-alone telecommunications company run by a local NGO, with a laptop for local billing and a satellite connection to the rest of the world. The network relies on Swedish phone numbers because no local telecommunications company would provide them.