My Voice, My Stand

The State Is A Black Box

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 28/05/2007

When I was in my college, I have encountered a teacher who encouraged me to refocus my studies from the global affairs to the local one. She recommended that I focus on the people of the various regions of the world rather than the regional power balance among governments. I didn’t like the suggestion because the topic she suggested to me was the job of historians. Theorists on International Relations do not often examine people.

Like most of the rest, I view the state as a black box. The subjects of my studies were states and their governments while the objects of state actions are populations. But I eventually reached to the point that featured the inadequacy of such analyses. Now the ironic thing here is that I had first sought to study International Relations in order to help people overcome conflict, but in my focus on the politics of conflict, I had lost sight of the people.

Karl Marx’s Thoughts And My Queries

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 19/05/2007

If the people will be deprived of their right on private property, will a person’s efficiency in working drop knowing that they are working not for his own goal but the goal of the majority? If communism promotes equality, why do their leaders get the bigger piece of the pie so to speak? How does capitalism link the two other modes of production: feudalism and socialism. Can a society leapfrog (skipping capitalism) from feudal system going to social societies without any disadvantage?

Why did Marx argue that capitalism should be enriched but down the stretch, you need to annihilate it towards transition to socialism? “The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family it’s sentimental veil and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation (quoted from Karl Marx).” Will that be the price of a capitalist society or even a struggling one has to pay in order to be progressive?