Originally posted by SteveR
Most centrists know how to strike a reasoned balance. Why do you despise capitalism? It's the only system that really works. And, it is possible
to correct inherent problems.
Actually capitalism really doesn't work. The reason the world is in such a mess now is because of capitalism. It's why we're in Iraq etc. It's
why so many in the world are starving. It's why people are losing their homes.
If it wasn't for capitalism we could have been off oil years ago, the only reason we keep using it is because it makes more money than solar, or
other cheaper energy sources. What about all the inventions that have been suppressed, because they would hurt someone else’s inflated bank
account. This country has been living on debt for years, it’s not making enough money to cover it, the wealth in this country is an illusion. What
happens when the monies gone?
Under capitalism you are not free, someone owns you, your boss, your bank, your landlord, your government. It's a master-slave system. The few get
to live in luxury while the many struggle with scraps that drop off their table. We are dominated, exploited, coerced, repressed.
How can the individual fully express his own desires when he has to spend most of his time labouring to survive in a system set up to benefit the
minority (the top wealthy 5% who own 80% of the wealth).
Some people giving orders and others obeying them: this is the essence of servitude. Of course, as [right-Libertarians] smugly [observe],
'one can at least change jobs,' but you can't avoid having a job -- just as under statism one can at least change nationalities but you can't
avoid subjection to one nation-state or another. But freedom means more than the right to change masters. Bob Black ["The Libertarian as
Conservative, The Abolition of Work and other essays, p. 147]
‘Freedom means more than the right to change masters’
The only choice you have is to be governed, exploited, or destitute and homeless.
Capitalism destroys freedom…
[w]e stress the advantages of the free enterprise system, we complain about the totalitarian state, but... we have created more or less of a
totalitarian system in industry, particularly in large industry. Robert E. Wood, the chief executive officer of Sears, [quoted by Allan Engler,
Apostles of Greed, p. 68]
...the fundamental doctrine, that you should be free from domination and control, including the control of the manager and the owner.
Chomsky [Feb. 14th, 1992 appearance on Pozner/Donahue].
Capitalism wastes resources, goods and labour. The capitalist over produces, using resources that could be put to better use. It creates
miss-management, because people want to make a quick buck, instead of creating a society we can all live in, without needing for anything. It creates
a system where there is no counterincentive to not gorge oneself. Then we have to have government intervention to apply rules to stop rampant
capitalism, another reason capitalism can never be freedom.
Capitalism creates unemployment. Just as it is efficient for a bank to keep a reserve of cash, it is efficient for capitalism to maintain a reserve
Crime, inequalities in power and resources creates crime.
I could write a book on what’s wrong with capitalism, but I’ll leave at this for now.
As to your comment about selective socialistic sites, what do want me to quote? If I'm talking about dogs would I quote from a site about cats? You
just don't want to accept the truth that you've been lied to by those in power who appose socialism, for obvious reasons.
[edit on 30/7/2008 by ANOK]