Ran across the article in AlterNet a progressive blog and news feed, this article was titled 10 reasons to hate capitalism. Being a purist capitalist myself I wanted to kind of rebuttal on Mr. Gary Engler reasons why to hate capitalism. He spreads the reasons in descending order and as you read them you can tell there is a high level of socialism in each reason.
Reason 10: Capitalist corporations suffer from a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and are rewarded by shareholders for acting that way. If corporations could be sent to a criminal psychologist’s office they’d be diagnosed as psychopaths and locked away forever.
Capitalism does not cause antisocial behavior it would be the opposite. People or companies trying to sell something become extraverts the goal to sell products and get the word out by inacting incentives, discounts and competition. Antisocial behavior would be counterproductive unless your goal is to hide something and what kind of capitalism tries to hide from the public….crony capitalism. Crony capitalism sponsored by the federal and state government hides wealth, it does not share and tries to isolates the wealth to its self.
Reason 9: Capitalism encourages greed. But greed is only good for capitalists. For normal people it is anti-social and soul destroying, not to mention very bad for our communities, which rely on altruism, compassion and a generalized concern for others.
Capitalism does not cause greed, mans wants and destructive behavior cannot be blamed on capitalism. The love of money is the root of evil, but capitalism can create jobs give people a purpose, and actually allow people to be more charitable. One’s heart and actions cause greed not capitalism. At number 10 greed follows some pretty stiff competition on the ten commandment behind murder, honor they parents, stealing, having gods before The God. Not to make light of one sin from another but capitalism like any other philosophy can be used for immoral and unethical behavior much like socialism and communism.
Reason 8 Capitalism is a system of minority privilege and class rule based on the private ownership of means of livelihood. This gives a few rich people the power to buy and sell jobs, which means they can build or destroy entire communities that depend on those jobs.
This kind of thought is pure communism, in a communist state privileged class rules as we saw in Russia, as we see in Cuba, China and North Korea. In a complete capitalist senerio one can own sell or buy as he pleases. One can sell his talents, he trade or abilities and can compete with any and all classes. We saw a young group of men in the late 70’s and early 80’s take ideas and talent to make companies like Apple and Microsoft. Again capital cronyism sponsored by the federal and state governments restrict small businesses from competing with big businesses with over taxation and regulations. Large companies are given passes by federal state and local agancies in exchange for money and power. When capitalism is given a chance to thrive with minimal governmental intervention a community can thrive with jobs, charity works competition allowing communities to have a choice to shop or goods or services.
Reason 7: Capitalists praise freedom and individualism, but they destroy freedom and individualism for everyone but themselves. The vast majority of us who work for a living are daily asked to uncritically follow orders, to act as if we are machines, and limit our creativity to what profits our bosses.
Capitalism makes creativity a reality, again Apple and Microsoft are prime examples. An individual uses their ability as they wish. In capitalism you pick your job, your job does not pick you like in communism. Man that has lackluster devotion and motive will never thrive in a capitalist world. Yes you have to work, but in order to be able to be in the position to give the orders you must first earn that right.
Reason 6: Capitalists denigrate cooperation and collectivism, but create mass production processes that rely on both from workers. Their system requires us to be cogs in a giant profit-making machine, but because they fear the power this gives us we are told working together for our own interests is illegitimate and bad. Thus capitalists undermine unions and other organizations that encourage workers to cooperate with each other and act collectively.
Capitalism requires workers to do their best, workers that only do half the job are a burden on the rest. The concept of mass production has speeded up processes that make factories more productive, streamlined the process and produce better products. If a company does not make a profit then a worker does not have a job. Again going back to you earn your position, if you are a cog then you most likely earned that position, blaming somebody that has earned a degree or worked hard over your high school cirtificute that is only good for cleaning the bathrooms is not reasonable. In a capitalist world you have the ability to sell your services or your trade but you have earn that sell.
Reason 5: Capitalism requires the largest propaganda system the world has ever known to convince us it is the only system possible. It turns people into consumers through advertising, marketing, entertainment and even so-called news. Millions around the world are employed to use their creativity to twist our feelings of love, desire, human solidarity and fairness into tools of manipulation, so that ever more profits can flow into the hands of a tiny minority.
Capitalism requires hard word to succeed, the propaganda system is “you don’t have to work or try to succeed”. You are responsible for your thoughts and actions and to blame those actions or lack of on Dunkin Donuts is just stupid, you saw the camercial those donates looked so good I had to buy them and that is why I’m too fat and can’t find a job that lets me sit down all day. True capitalism promotes competition and advertising and marketing is a part of that. On one end you say millions around the world are employed so those are jobs are created by capitalism. With competion that minority grows to a majority and more people that could of now can.
Reason 4: Capitalism is a system in which the principle of one dollar, one vote, dominates that of one person, one vote. Those who own the most shares (bought with their dollars) control giant corporations, many of which are more powerful than all but a few governments. Rich people also use their money to dominate the elections that are supposed to give us all one, equal vote. Under capitalism those with the most money are entitled to the most goods and services as well as the most say in directing our governments and our economy.
Under true capitalism everyone has a chance to become successful and make money. Under your ideas of capitalism AKA crony capitalism one cannot. You hit crony capitalism one the head just got the name wrong, it’s not capitalism is crony capitalism with a hint of communism mixed in. It’s our responsibility to elect good men and women, not people that prostitute themselves out for money and votes but people that do it for what they promised they would do and that is on us the individual.
Reason 3: Capitalism proclaims the virtue of naked self-interest, but self-interest without regard for morality, ecology or common sense leads to environmental degradation, destruction of indigenous communities, colonialism, war and other forms of mass destruction. Self-interest leads capitalists to seek profit absolutely everywhere, regardless of the damage done to other people and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. Self-interest leads capitalists to destroy any rival economic system or way of thinking (such as indigenous communal land use and respect for nature) that can be a barrier to their endless quest for profit.
This is not Capitalism this is immorality and unethical behavior. Again the system that can take anyone anywhere cannot be blamed for man’s inherent evil this is on the individual. Man that lacks a God or thinks he is above God is living a immoral life, this leads to unethical behavior, lack of regard to human life and lack of regard to God’s creation. If man refused to tame his behavior then there is no stopping the sins he will commit. Capitalism does not make you immoral but your actions and thoughts will, when man refused to adhere to some kind of moral and ethical code then the sins the limit.
Reason 2: Capitalism is not a friend to democracy but ultimately its enemy. When pushed, capitalists choose capitalism over democracy. If people use democracy to weaken the power of capitalists the rich and powerful turn to various forms of fascism in order to keep their privileges.
Capitalism is a friend of domecracy it is no friend to communism or socialism since it promotes rugged individualism. A true capitalist will always choose democracy over communism and socialism where and individual cannot flourish. The right to be a part of democracy only helps capitalism, it allows man to be free and be competitive.
Reason 1: Capitalism is a cancer taking over our planet. Capitalists make profits from global warming, from destroying our oceans, from pumping ever more chemicals into the atmosphere and from patenting everything they can, including life itself. Only by getting rid of capitalism can we rescue our environment.
True capitalism is just a small part of the cure to the world, allowing companies to make better goods without over restrictions, over regulations, no payoffs to senators or local governments only increases strength. Look at the eastern block countries of Russia and see what anti capitalism created in the way of pollution. Look at China and it’s smog ridden cities. Your asking for the world to return to the 1600’s as you type this in 21st century tablet.
Capitalism if used in the way it is intended can keep our oceans clean but we have to take on that responsibility as well. The government only exploits capitalism to its own gain called crony capitalism. It increases cronyism and then turns it back on it and says all capitalism is evil while taking back door deals exchange for destroying completion. Even true capitalism cannot save a society, people have to take responsibility for themselves, for their morality, ethics and the way they run their business. Don’t blame a concept for the evils of society we need to start blaming ourselves for that.