• @UnderpantsWeevil
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    73 months ago

    Capitalism doesn’t have to be coercive to be wrong.

    Capitalism is, necessarily, coercive. You can find other things wrong with it, but this is an inherent characteristic of reserving ownership to a “landed” class.

    Even some perfectly voluntary capitalism with a UBI would still be wrong because capitalism inherently violates workers’ inalienable rights to workplace democracy

    But it achieves that end through the process of “Capital Strikes” (ie, lockouts, hiring freezes, speculative hording, etc). And capital strikes are only possible via coercive force (ie, putting a guy with a gun in an industrial site who shoots any worker that tries to enter and engage in production).

    The much stronger framing is alienable vs. inalienable rights.

    Rights are legal fictions. There is no such thing as an inalienable right in a material sense. You show me a right, I’ll show you a guy with a gun who can alienate it.

    • AutistoMephisto
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      23 months ago

      Here’s the thing: as long as poverty exists, poverty exists as a threat to get people to do things without their full consent. In some cases, like in the case of sex work, that can be actual sex, in which case, it cannot be faithfully said that all sex is fully consensual as long as it’s agreed to out of survival fears. In other cases, like for example minimum wage labor, people are accepting minimum wages out of fear of having nothing, and so they accept anything. This complete lack of bargaining power is behind low wages, dangerous conditions, terrible hours, poor treatment, etc.

    • J Lou
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      Alienated ≠ violated
      An inalienable right isn’t one that should not be alienated, but rather can’t be alienated. For labor’s rights, responsibility can’t be alienated at a material level. Consent isn’t sufficient to transfer responsibility to another. For example, a contract to transfer responsibility for a crime is invalid regardless of consent.

      Legal rights can be fictions but also can be based on ethics.

      Workers consent to employment unlike kings. Inalienability shows it’s invalid

      • @UnderpantsWeevil
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        13 months ago

        Consent isn’t sufficient to transfer responsibility to another.

        These are legalistic concepts, not materialistic concepts.

        For example, a contract to transfer responsibility for a crime is invalid regardless of consent.

        A contract is valid when it is enforced. And any cartel boss will tell you how “illegal” contracts are regularly enforced between criminal organizations.

        Past that, the very subject of crime and enforcement is subjective, as illustrated by the various states of the drug trade, human trafficking, and stolen property. More than one pawn shop has subsisted primarily on fenced goods. The legality of their stock does not appear to inhibit the success of their business.

        Legal rights can be fictions but also can be based on ethics.

        Ethics has no material basis.

        Workers consent to employment unlike kings.

        This doesn’t mean anything.

        • J Lou
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          Consent and responsibility are descriptive not legal concepts there.

          Opposing coercion is an ethic. Certain material facts logically imply ethics. A brain has finitely many states it can be in. The whole state space is finitely representable. Minds can be mathematically modeled completely in principle. The concept of strong attractors and flows in the space of all possible minds is thus coherent. The transcendent truth about ethics is unknowable, but that doesn’t allow denial of moral realism.

            • J Lou
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              13 months ago

              Sure, consent and responsibility can be legal concepts. De facto responsibility, which is the “who did the deed” sense of responsibility, is what can’t be transferred even with consent. Responsibility in this sense is descriptive. Property and contract play no role in determining who is de facto responsible for an action

              The moral claim is that the de facto responsibility should match legal responsibility. This is why contract to transfer legal responsibility is invalid @microblogmemes

              • @UnderpantsWeevil
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                De facto responsibility, which is the “who did the deed” sense of responsibility, is what can’t be transferred even with consent.

                The process by which de facto responsibility is established is a legal process. The adjudication of blame is a legal decision. Case in point, the current dust up over abortion rights involves states assigning culpability for homicide of a fetus to anyone aiding a pregnant woman in pursuing an abortion.

                Everything about this is a legal issue:

                • The legality of the original act

                • The culpability of individual participants

                • The definition surrounding the concept of “aid”

                • The definition surrounding the concept of “pregnant”

                • The definition surrounding the concept of “abortion”

                Property and contract play no role in determining who is de facto responsible for an action

                Property and contract play a role in determining whether an action is socially permissible.

                The moral claim is that the de facto responsibility should match legal responsibility.

                Morals aren’t objective and the idea of “responsibility” is relative. Parents are considered responsible for the acts of a child, but the legal definition of “parent” and “child” vary by legal jurisdiction. The core concept of “responsibility” is therefore rooted in the legal framework that assigns culpability.

                • J Lou
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                  “Responsibility” has different senses. One must be clear which sense is being discussed. Who is legally culpable for an action is what I am talking about with “legal responsibility.” De facto responsibility is a descriptive concept independent of whether there even is a legal system to impute legal responsibility. Property and contract determine the legal consequence of being held culpable. De facto responsibility is about purposeful results of deliberate actions. Morals have an objective part

                  • @UnderpantsWeevil
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                    13 months ago

                    De facto responsibility is a descriptive concept independent of whether there even is a legal system to impute legal responsibility.

                    Absent a system to impute legal responsibility, this is an entirely subjective question. In fact, the whole reason we have courts and juries is to answer the question relative to the local norms. That’s why jury selection is such a pivotal part of the trial process.

                    Property and contract determine the legal consequence of being held culpable.

                    They determine the perceived de facto responsibility from the perspective of an outside observer, as well. Law influences public opinion. A country in which smoking is taboo will treat the harms inflicted by second hand smoke as far more material than one in which it is decriminalized or socially encouraged. Same with getting vaxxed/masking up during a pandemic. Or driving while intoxicated.

                    De facto responsibility is about purposeful results of deliberate actions.

                    It can just as easily be defined as the neglect of certain actions. But, again, this depends on the social standards of one’s neighbors, which are then commonly enshrined into regional laws.