The True Means of Production


Socialists like to proclaim that the workers are the means of production, and therefore should own all of its benefits.
But the factory worker is, in fact, the LEAST of the elements that goes into the production of wealth:
  • The inventor’s role is indispensable.
    Without him, there is nothing to make.
  • The entrepreneur, who recognizes the value of the invention and promotes its production, is almost as important.
    Without him, the invention is a dead end.
  • While anyone can invest, those who do are unique among the society in taking a risk and enabling the production.
    Without them, there are no resources for making it.
  • Without the facilitation of the management, everything would still fall on its face. Only some people are capable of organizing with any competence.
    Without this, people end up running in circles.
  • The engineers, who may not know science, but figure out how to produce things efficiently, have a relatively rare skill.
    Without them, nothing can be built effectively.
  • After all of that, the workers are little more than human cogs. Almost anyone can be trained into a production worker’s role…a fact that is exploited by the oppressive union monopolies, who TREAT them like interchangeable numbers.

Laborers can be proud of how they accomplish their otherwise-interchangeable role, and of their potential to move beyond their basic position. They have a right to the ambition of moving up into a less disposable role…but to pretend they are the “means of production” is fraudulent.

About kazvorpal
Polyamorous, libertarian heinleiner. ENTP, student of traditional Shaolin kung fu, writer, cunning linguist.

4 Responses to The True Means of Production

  1. freedom says:

    u r retarded,
    “Means of production refers to physical, non-human inputs used in production—the factories, machines, and tools used to produce wealth”

    (A)

    • Kaz Vorpal says:

      Wrong. The workers don’t own the factories, machines, and tools, per se. What Marx meant is that they own the means of production, because they /are/ the means of production.

      But, of course, it is every step before labor that is indispensable to production. Skip any of those steps, and there’s nothing for the workers to produce…but you can always find other workers.

  2. Hi this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
    you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have
    no coding knowledge so I wanted to get guidance from someone with
    experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    • kazvorpal says:

      This is a WordPress blog. WordPress uses something called TinyMCE, by default.

      Personally, I switch it to source mode and do the formatting of the article in raw HTML, because I’ve been using it for twenty years.

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