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This implies that in pre-capitalist societies that there were no problems. Yet we know that many problems existed, such as famine, war, death of loved ones, diseases, poverty, etc.
All of humanity's greatest achievements (visiting the moon, halving world poverty rates, drastically reducing inter-state wars, vaccines, improved standards of living, etc.) happened after Capitalism supplanted monarchical feudalism and merchantilism as the primary economic system.
how do we know these problems would not exist without capitalism, it cannot be tested
All? That's absurd. What about the problems caused by the other economic systems? Disease? Domestic abuse?
This also depends on what you consider to be problems. Do you include personal problems faced by many (such as emotional trauma, health issues)?
But mostly, this premise is ridiculous.
aussume: all problems can be traced back to capitalism => capitalism is a problem.
the humans naturally developed capitalism => capitalism can be traced back to human nature => human nature is a problem.
human nature existed before capitalism => human nature can't be traced back to capitalism
because capitalism has no regard for the moral justifiability of its sole invariant ultimate goal: the accumulation of all possible capital
Capitalism facilitates growth of wealth through mutually agreed exchanges.
It lets those without property work and acquire property.
Problems arise when the gov intervenes and the exchanging party that is deprived seeks a way to bypass intervention.
Inequality is a political not economic problem
All the problems as we know them know. Perhaps capitalism was necessary to give perspective for a possible living standard. Now we must evolve out of it and find new possibilities in favor of everyone, no matter what race, class or gender. Don't forget, capitalism isn't a force of nature.
because "liberalism" is filthy petty bourgeoise and rentier class ideology, as if the extra income for a class of fortunate real estate, shop and website owners justifies the social injustice at large.
because massive income inequality is the almost unavoidable consequence of the minute laws and rules that make up the capitalist system, which are written by the wealthy.
because capitalism has no regard for anything other than profit, which led the capitalists to lie about anthropogenic global warming, and prevent a transition to green energy, which may well destroy many existing ecosystems, make half of land based species extinct, and kill millions of people.
because capitalism is not based on scientific, observable facts. It's based mostly on closed pressupositions that form a belief system (e.g. invisible hand). It really resembles more a religion then anything else.
Capitalism is a system in which a society is expected to compete in itself to make money and survive. Capitalism also encourages individualism which alone is a social catastrophe. We are expected to work for our individual interests only.
because those who work the hardest often earn the tiniest, which leads to a root social conflict that breeds indiscriminate hatred throughout our societies.
capitalism gives the stupidest people on earth a lot of confidence, and lets them propagate their genes more than smart and beautiful people do. (The premise of the Idiocracy movie)
because the less intellectual a man is, the more love for money he will grow
This does neither support or refute the argument. bitshiftedbyte
An overgeneralization of men's character. bitshiftedbyte
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