Capitalism is good for something – but what exactly?

It seems to me that our capitalism is not doing what it was originally intended to do.

The original idea behind the usage of a capitalism in America was to let people decide for themselves how they wanted to make money, and as a consequence all kinds of interesting ideas could come to life in a marketplace.

I do not believe that capitalism was intended to be a tool for the arrogant or the greedy to scoop up excessive amounts of money and to empower one’s self or one’s corporation beyond the scope of promoting the general welfare.

I believe that at some point wealth becomes somewhat treasonous, even immoral. America’s current capitalism, unbridled as it is, seems to be working against a large percentage of people.

Intelligent consumerism should be the counter balance to open-ended free-market capitalism. Consumerism is the people’s check and balance mechanism against wayward capitalism. In this day it is, functionally, as powerful as our democracy. Consumerism is our tool to determine how the national currency flows: to whom it flows and to whom it does not flow. If our implementation of consumerism is without discretion then our capitalism will get ugly.

But intelligent consumerism is practically impossible. I, for instance, love Ronald Mcdonald too much to ever believe that there is anything bad about McDonald’s … joke … but the point is that it is quite easy to persuade people’s consumerist behaviors.



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One response

  1. I disagree: capitalism does exactly what it was meant to do – it’s just that the wealthies burried its purpose under beautiful lies.

    We’re the cow and get get the milk.

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