Economics: does capitalism stimulate ‘pecking’ psychology ?

There is a concept in the animal world known as ‘pecking order’. This concept is contrary to the ‘love thy neighbor’ concept that religious people will be familiar with.

My question: does capitalism, with all of its positive attributes, possibly stimulate individuals’ sense of pecking?

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6 responses

  1. Actually, a sociologist named Max Weber at the turn of the 20th century theorized that Protestant Christianity initiated and drove the industrial revolution and the subsequent economic prosperity of the US. In a nutshell, he traced the underpinnings of capitalism to the Juedo-Christian ethical code. To answer your question, the concept of the “pecking order” is not at all foreign to Christianity. For example, I may be a wealthy business owner, but that doesn’t mean I can’t ‘love’ my employees, customers, or the homeless people who live in the alley behind my building. You may be unfairly equating capitalism with social irresponsibility, which it is not. Capitalists, or more aptly, Libertarians, are not heartless people, but they do not believe that government is the best vehicle for social equality.

  2. The corrupting world wide, private enterprise, of the “Narcotics Trade, the “Prostitution Rings,” the corrupting influence of government politicians, on the take, being bought off, and treated like a valuable commodity, by the “Merchants of world wide “Private Capital.” These “Free enterprise merchants of death, that starts world wars, so that they can make “Blood Money” on the backs of the ordinary citizen soldiers.
This powerful capitalist oligarchy, that has power that is all consuming and is of global proportion, dwarfs our government, and every government on the planet. This insidious, global private sector, causes more damage, then governments, because it has bought off most of the politicians and corrupted them, and infiltrated governments on the entire planet. It is this conglomeration of world wide capitalist rule, that rules the people of the world, with an iron hand.
    
Those that are a part of our PRIVATE SECTOR, …for the sake of making a profit, has and had, … made a “Pact, With The Devil,” …and the “PUBLIC BE DAMNED!”
    By pretending that the “GOVERNMENT is the ENEMY,” those that can’t see too well, are distracted from the real enemy, and that enemy is the global oligarchy, of “Capitalist Blood Suckers,” that are intent on continuing their bloody war, on the average, ordinary citizen.
    These criminal, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, world wide syndicates, are fighting this criminal murderous war, all over our capitalist planet.
    Only a planned “Socialist Economy,” can rid our planet of the corrupting influence of the private enterprise of criminal gang activity, that is organized to compete, kill, rape, and murder, …for profit and power!
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  3. Well, not only religious people are familiar with that concept. In philosophy Kant has introduced a term “moral law” or “categorical imperative” which is the same concept as “love thy neighbor” but he reached that idea not through faith but reason.
    And yes, capitalism probably stimulates a sense of pecking. The goal of capitalism is to posses more and more (profit generation), thus a society is being grouped into pools who are on certain level of that possession. The idea of capitalism looks absurd here, as there’s no limit how much is enough. Moreover, inanimate objects are being valued higher than people or natural resources. You might want to consult Marx (his yearly ideas) and E. Fromm (‘To have or to be?’)

  4. In Australia we once had a State Premier who called his press conferences “feeding the chickens’. He was certainly a capitalist and almost certainly taking a little more feed than his legal right. His Police Commissioner and many police officers at the time went to gaol for corruption.

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