Is It Evil to Oppose Capitalism?

Everyone had fun with crazy grandpa Bernie Sanders in 2016, but it’s a little scary how many people seem to take the guy who owns 3 houses ranting against capitalism seriously. More people are overtly talking about how great socialism is, when I assumed that was a debate long ago settled, like that slavery is bad. I have no idea what these people think socialism is — they seem to think it’s some sort of magic word that causes everyone to get everything they want. And I have no idea what they imagine capitalism to be. They keep saying it “hurts the poor” and I’m like, “What? You must be thinking of your face.”

When I hear capitalism, I think of the stats at places like HumanProgress.org where you see this massive increase over the last century in the living standards of the world’s poorest. In wealth, nutrition, life expectancy, it’s been an insane boon. It’s not even remotely debatable; capitalism has been orders and orders of magnitude better at helping people. Debating capitalism against other systems is like debating what’s a better weapon, a gun or different varieties of sticks. So when people say they want to crush capitalism, I take that as they want massive amounts of poor people to starve to death if it means rich people will be a little less rich.

Socialism somehow gets labeled “progressive” despite being a really old, really really failed system of misery and oppression. We have a system that both massively helps people while also respecting people, i.e., giving them freedom to make their own choices. It’s not just dumb to oppose it, it’s wrong. Being a socialist is as cute as those alt-right people playing nazi — who were also socialists. Because in the end, socialism is about controlling people, and what horrible person doesn’t love that?

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  1. I will say that a Socialist or Communist economic system will work but only in small groups. Once you get past probably, roughly, 1000 people in the system it starts breaking down because there begins to be too much difference in the abilities of all the people in the system. Capitalism can handle large populations better because it has a more rational means of distribution of production to need for larger groups that doesn’t require an increasingly top down, extensive management system. 30 guys can share out things fairly easily, 300 million, not so much.

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    • Communism = socialism taken to its obvious (and very much intended) conclusion. Idiot liberals always say…”nobody has ever done communism right so you can’t say it doesn’t work…’ People who couldn’t tell you the 3 most famous socialists are Hitler, Stalin and Mao think they know what doing it “right” means.

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  2. “Broken Capitalism: This Is How We Fix It” (the book) talks about how to resolve the issues that are causing Earth’s economy and ecosystems to collapse today. Over 50% of the global population today (according to latest polls) believes capitalism is severely broken and they are rejecting it completely, which is a tragedy in itself. Many books and articles have been written about these problems, but very few present politically viable solutions. This book presents realistic solutions.

    The difference between capitalism and socialism in the real world is much less obvious than most people think. The book talks about the “2008 Wall Street Communist Revolution” in ironical terms, but as a serious example of how the US gov perpetrated an even bigger intervention (as a % of GDP) than the 1917 communist revolution. Ongoing corporate welfare to the tune of $100s billions per year also blurs the lines between the so-called capitalism practiced in the US vs. socialism in other countries. Singapore gov owns all land and provides a large majority of its housing from the government. South Korea (Samsung), Nokia, Toyota, and many large companies today that are supposedly beacons of capitalistic free market virtue were all born as state-owned enterprises.

    So, capitalists are deluded if they think that the neoliberal capitalism in the US is the only path to national prosperity.

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