Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Libertarians can't think dialectically, EG are dumb

A watch made by A. Lange & Sohne known as the Grand Complication—just six were manufactured in 2013—was priced at $2.5 million. But come next month, some fabulously wealthy watch wearers will trade in their handmade timepieces containing thousands of perfectly calibrated moving parts for a far more useful $349 Apple Watch that was mass produced in a factory in China...The bottom line is that the Apple Watch is part of a trend in which the lifestyles and accouterments of the super wealthy increasingly look a lot more like yours and mine. (h/t @hammerdialectic)
The fancy line of criticism here is to observe that the same productive forces that make old technologies less expensive also create unaffordable new technologies, thus maintaining a gap between the rich and the poor. Generalized, this point expresses a dialectical understanding of our economy, which is of course a definitively Marxist understanding, leading inevitably to all of Marx's fancy conclusions and so on.

The simple line of criticism here is duh we didn't always have smart watches you dingus, so maybe we don't have other technologies right now that will widen the gap again?

These are both different ways of saying the same thing, because Marx's arguments are actually pretty simple if you can hold two thoughts in your head at the same time. But complicated jargon about dialectics shouldn't obscure the basic point that libertarians are dumb lol