Is Capitalism Evil?

Jenni - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Michael Moore's newest movie is Capitalism: A Love Story..... or anything but?



Personally, I have struggled with the idea of Capitalism. It works yes. But too well? A form of government that has no value of life? Fueled by greed, war and profit margins? I just can't seem to keep it down... when I think of the last century and how much damage we have done to our planet, our people, all living creatures without remorse, without consequence.... but there has been many consequence for us, the people, for our planet, for life as we know it. Problem is corporations have no value of life. They are not alive, so how could they? They feed off of profit margins and will consume anything in their path to achieve higher margins with no regard, no consequence, no vision of our future (only the future of the company). Real life Terminators.



I haven't seen the movie... looking forward to it.



Thought i'd include this...

http://legacy.lclark.edu/~clayton/commen...

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Johnny - posted on 02/26/2011

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Capitalism requires exponential growth. That is unsustainable. No system can grow constantly forever. Avarice will exist in any economic system, it is the nature of humanity. Most are willing to work for the common good, but those that are out only for themselves will generally overpower the populace. It would be great if people were willing to settle for a no-growth or slow growth economy, that was capitalist in nature. And many would be. But those that seek to hold power have little interest in a status quo. By nature of being driven, they will always want more, more, more. We will consume and grow until we eat ourselves.

Sara - posted on 02/26/2011

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John Keynes said “Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.” I happen to agree with him.

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Any form of economic system that grows because of stealing resources from people forcing them to live in poverty, generates large amounts of waste, and taps out our natural resources so large corporations can make money is evil.

Jenny - posted on 02/26/2011

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Yes Capitalism is evil as profit encourages waste which is killing us. it's not just Capitalism though, it is the existance of money itself that is the problem. We need to get back to living with Earth not above it. Imagine if we created goods that were 100% sustainable and designed to break down in an environmentally friendly way doing away with planned obsolesance. Imagine if we put our resources towards renewable energy sources and stopped suckling on the oil teat. Imagine unrestricted access to education at ALL levels. Why aren't we doing this now? Money. We have all of the resources we need to provide lives of plenty for every human being on our planet. Why don't we do it? Money.

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♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/26/2011

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(Im sure that there are unsuspecting people who are truly working for the greater good of man, really trying to do good)

But, im sure there have been cures for certain diseases that they claim they have yet to find and are still looking for cures, if they found the cure for cancer, they would no longer make the BIG$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ that they do yearly.

~I know this is way off subject, but had to post~

Jenni - posted on 02/26/2011

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see I watched "Corporations" quite a few years back and that docu really scared my "fruit of the looms" ;) off.

Jenni - posted on 02/26/2011

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Yes, I agree the "theory" isn't evil. But I can't help but feel we've created a monster. That the theory is working too well... not for us the people but for multi-billion dollar corporations. I mean, it's not just Capitalism, it's when any system of government is too successful. It comes with major backlashes. The powers that be become too powerful and need to be over turned?
@Tara, your opinion on us the consumers having the power is encouraging. I just wish we as a culture weren't so brainwashed. I think we are improving and people are starting to "think for themselves" more. But is it too little too late? I think the recession caused a lot of people to open their eyes. Although blame was reflected onto terrorism, consumers, single moms, immigrant workers. :P
Maybe I just sound like i'm ranting incoherently but I'm really not that knowledgeable on politics and on a quest to understand.

Isobel - posted on 02/26/2011

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What we have now is not capitalism! Capitalism in itself isn't evil, it's a theory about how to make the world work efficiently for the betterment of everybody involved.

Whatever this system is that we've got where the corporations are in charge of the government and their rights are more important than human rights? That is what's evil.

Tara - posted on 02/26/2011

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Capitalism in itself does not do harm, it is the powers that control the corporations. If people were smart consumers and paid more attention to where we spend our money, industry and corporations would have no choice but to change their model of doing business.
But that takes HUGE change for most people, no more Walmart, no more cheaply produced goods from third world countries. But on the other side we would see more earth friendly companies emerge, we would see more workers rights, we would see tighter restrictions on marketing toward children, tighter controls on the use of chemicals, less oil being used to produce crap en masse for Dollarama etc.
It is the consumerism side of capitalism that needs to shift gears. Consumers have all the power in the world, even more than the corporations them selves. We are the ones who use our money to influence the way the world does business. If WE stop spending our money on the crap they tell us we need to have, and instead we start spending our money on what we really need to have, and on things that do not harm our planet, and we as the consumer demand that industry change. If we demand that there be proper food labeling of all GMOs and hormones etc. if we demand that there be less packaging for the items we buy, if we demand organic, grass eating beef, if we demand change, and we put our money where our mouth is, then we can effect change.
But honestly I feel so hopeless when I see all the stuff in the world, all the useless stuff. We are a throw away society. Everything is made to break down so we have to replace it, shit we even make throw away "pre-soaped" dish washing towelettes that can be used and tossed away into the landfill.
The consequence of our consumerism capitalistic society is going to be that we "buy our selves to death" we will continue to consume, purchasing needless items, until our own backyards are filling up with trash and we can no longer swim in our lakes and our trees no longer grow and our water is polluted beyond filtration, but we'll be okay cause we'll all be sitting there in our polluted homes, eating our polluted food, sitting on our couches made on the other side of the world, wearing our fruit of the looms made by poor over worked women in thailand who receive no over time pay or standard working hours.
Anyhow, off my soapbox...
I try to teach my kids where stuff comes from so they know how to be wise consumers.

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