Guest opinion: Ebenezer Scrooge and the miracle of change

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  • Scott H Ogden, UT
    Jan. 1, 2019 4:10 p.m.

    My family has long loved A Christmas Carol; the original book and various stage versions. This year we watched the 2017 movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. To anyone who enjoys A Christmas Carol, I highly recommend watching this movie, which engagingly tells the tale of how Dickens wrote the book. Viewers get to see Dickens' own personal transformation along with that of his character Scrooge. Excellent acting, screen play, and directing. After watching this film I feel more hope for myself and for my fellow beings. God bless us, every one!

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2018 5:04 p.m.

    There are better ways of free choice than dog- eat- dog competition. Co-operation can produce good results, if an individual is not coerced. Teamwork has shown to be superior. Each member of the team has to be invested, thusly self-motivated to achieve successful endeavor, since the one benefits as well the others. And it should be :"as well as the others" in an equitable manner.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 27, 2018 11:31 a.m.

    To "marxist " how is it any more noble to have the government exploit the laborer than the business owner? But under capitalism, doesn't the employee exploit the employer because they come into the relationship without the tools or means to do their job, so they are using the employer's goods to personally profit.

    Your Marxism would have the government exploit the laborer. Also, as you have admitted elsewhere, without capitalism you can't pay for collectivism.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 26, 2018 2:18 p.m.

    The 1951 B&W version with Alastair Sim is best.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    We should have an opportunity to see Scrooge a couple of Christmases hence. By paying Crachit more than his competitors he may well have joined the proletariat along with Crachit. This as per the law of competition which rules capitalism.

    Competition rules capitalism. There is no getting around this. The big problem for capitalism, despite its virtues, is the employer/employee relationship because profit demands the exploitation of labor (see Marx surplus value). Scrooge if he wants to remain a capitalist must exploit Crachit. It's just that simple.

    Dickens' syrupy tale obscures the reality, though it is a nice story, and we watch it every year.