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RE[6]: How sincere
by zima on Sat 17th Mar 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: How sincere"
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Funny how capitalism was most likely the reason you are using a computer today, have good transportation, have enough food to eat blah, blah, blah. Making a profit provides businesses the ability to expand, innovate and so forth [...] plus your most likely not speaking of true capitalism...

"True capitalism" is exactly what he called it, a religion - and like all such, not so rosy in what it really leads to in practice, especially if followed ardently by true believers.
Sure, it's very useful in many ways, but a) not to the exclusion of other models b) often missing the larger picture... your examples.

Capitalist forces tend to easily dismantle "good transportation" (,car,bus,traffic,.html ), which does heavily depend on sensible & coordinated large-scale planning (say, ) ...things for which we do ~govs for.

Food: our present agriculture doesn't exist thanks to capitalism, it exists thanks to taking resources from the past and somewhat spoiling the future ones (don't try to to convince anybody it doesn't, with half of all species gone by the end of the century, smth that will be one of most rapid extinction events in geological record) - our agriculture runs on fossil fuels ...which is slightly insane ( ) but, yes, you can argue also "capitalist" or smth.

Computers: many fundamental research necessary for modern computers, major earlier usages of machines which led to them, or to modern computer networks, were financed in not exactly capitalist fashion - either considered too risky, or with its outright focus on activities done by govs, censuses and such.
(which weren't very exclusive to stereotypical capitalist places; and, touching on sustainability & ignoring real costs: computers and electronics in general being among most "dirty" and resource-intensive things, yay)

The above touched on the larger picture that I mentioned - what really gave us "the ability to expand, innovate and so forth" was... stumbling on easy availability of cheap energy, while ignoring its real long-term costs (but such free lunch might very well end one day).
Hence capitalism (also it, of course) is a religion because it has really only mild relation to the true nature of our "ability to expand, innovate and so forth" in the past 2 or 3 centuries, it shrouds the dynamics of what was happening in myths.

Those contracts, that you cherish, work only because of... yup, gov stewardship. At the very least, thanks to a threat of intervention.
Govs provide framework in which we can sensibly do business and wealth, it's far from stealing it.
Also, curiously, the most decent places to live happen to have fairly extensive and functional systems of of governance (and BTW, places popularly derided as "nanny states" have highest social mobility, the measure of how much your position results from your own efforts) ...but I'm sure you'd dismiss it as just coincidence. Like you seem to not remember about immense contributions of, say, various UN bodies (sort of top expression of us and our govs) to stabilise the world... (which does include limiting outright exploits of commercial interests)

Edited 2012-03-18 00:19 UTC

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