posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 01:41 PM
again, so far as the social contradictions go...
Do we live in a socialist or capitalist economy? Do we have a free market or a planned economy? Well, most of us would probably describe the US as
being a capitalistic, de-centralized, free market land... however people might say that any one of us was making contradictions if we described the US
in such a way and then went on to mention things like welfare, the Federal Reserve Board, the Social Security System and a myriad of other things.
The fact is that we live in a 'mixed' economy, and though we might have free market tendencies/ideology, we also incorporate a variety of socialist
ideas into our system. In the same vein, JT's world might have a mixed system, only one that considers itself roughly libertarian.
The fact that his society has collectivization AND an emphasis on individuality might indicate that it's really just concerned with pragmatic
solutions and is NOT interested in ideological clarity. Also... has anyone considered that JT might be inconsistent without even knowing it? His is
depicted as a militarized, impoverished world... one where high education is almost nonexistant. It might be possible for him to have conflicting
opinions because he lacks the rhetorical training to take note of that (or, like a modern day NKorean soldier, he just doesn't realize his own
Again, I'm not saying that I believe JT, just that many of these debunkings based on 'inconsistencies' fail to take into account how someone with a
limited education would describe a complex world in a few sentences or less. My bet is that any one of us, if they were answering questions for
someone from 1970, would say 'inconsistent' things as well.