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Capitalism is Evil

Opening Argument

edited February 9 in Philosophy
Capitalism is evil because:
  • It alienates the worker from his work
  • Incentivizes outsourcing, which creates child labor and slavery.
  • It dehumanizes the proletariat by making them nothing more than a means to produce a profit.
  • It creates aggression against progress and other proletariats by creating a fear of unemployment.
  • It demonizes the unfortunate by labeling them as lazy. If you are not working, Capitalism says that you are lazy and deserve to die for it.
Let me hear your thoughts.
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  1. Is Capitalism evil?

    15 votes
    1. Yes
      46.67%
    2. No
      33.33%
    3. Are you a communist? (No)
      20.00%



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  • Capitalism is good. It allows the country to be merit based, because people who work will most likely be a higher class.
    AmpersandDrCerealPogue
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  • Capitalism is good. It allows the country to be merit based, because people who work will most likely be a higher class.
    The correlation is relatively weak and it is possible to have systems which specifically reward work.
    DrCerealPogue
  • Capitalism is about not fighting evil. It isn't evil in itself. It's sort of like... Well, the truth is that every evil act is good to the winner and Capitalism chooses to accept that as it is.

    Is it nice? Hell no. I am no right wing libertarian sociopath but those that are enjoy the lack of mercy in the system and see it as a 'good' not an 'evil'.


    BaconToes
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • MikeMike 86 Pts

    Those who claim “Capitalism” is evil generally considers socialism is good.

    Socialism: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

    Capitalism: “an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.”

    The way I see it, Capitalism is based on freedom, where Socialism is based on State tyranny.

    Relative to freedom, the foundation to capitalism and also, the foundation to the U.S. Constitution, I like Thomas Jefferson’s take on freedom:

    “Of liberty then I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will: but rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

    Those who feel capitalism is bad, is missing their true nemesis being one of moral virtue (aka “rightful liberty”) within a society. Whatever form of governance or economic system one prefers, means little if society’s moral virtue is poor will simply morph into a state of tyranny.     

    DrCerealLibertineStates
  • Invariably the people who declare capitalism is evil end up making tons of money exploiting the masses in some other way, whether it's televangelists raising donations in the name of god, or a communist state functioning through bribes and through forcibly taking value from people.

    Face it, if the capitalists don't fleece you, the people warning you you'll get fleeced are going to find a way to fleece you.
    DrCereal
  • It's not evil. It has flaws, but, it's not evil.
  • Capitalism is neither inherently evil or good. Capitalism is economy acting as function of nature, prescribing victory to those with greater skill and/or progeny. 
  • Capitalism should be used in many countries including the US due to it awarding people who work hard.
  • The real reason why, I think, Capitalism is evil is that it disguises itself as a benevolent economic system that liberates people and promotes individuality. But this can't be further from the truth. Capitalism inevitably leads to an oppressive society wherein corporations tread on people's freedom and a consumerist attitude among people leads to the destruction of individuality. One of the fears people have about Socialism is that it leads to a monopoly of the government over resources, but the truth is that capitalism has the same effect. Due to corporate consolidation, US has effectively become an oligopoly wherein a handful of corporations decide prices and wages for workers. Another fear people have in regards to Socialism/Communism is that it leads to hunger, poverty and death. But, again, this is not unique to socialism either. We all know, how under our current global capitalist system millions of people die every day from starvation or easily preventable diseases. The problem is, when this happens, not many people want to call it capitalism's fault but somehow every death that happened in the Soviet regime or Maoist China is due to the inherent flaws of leftist ideas. This sort of double standard has lead to the Cold War-esque idea that Capitalism leads to liberty and Socialism only leads to hunger, poverty, and death.
    cdog1950
  • A follow up question to this debate would be, we can all hopefully agree that capitalism is flawed. What changes would you input in order to improve a capitalistic society?
    A good debate is not judged by bias, but in the context of the debate, where objectivity is key and rationale prevalent. 


  • cdog1950cdog1950 27 Pts
    Capitalism as practiced generally appears to cause much grief for many people. Particularly as practiced now in America where labor is subjected to one set of rules, and capital has another (having basically bought the government and provided socialism for themselves).  Just a mention, capitalism sometimes is conflated with the "free market," which is a lie. Socialism without  moderation will most likely fail, probably on the basis of the "fallacy of the commons."  A middle road seems to be the best solution, otherwise you end up in an oligarchy or plutocracy.
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