Is it really as simple as blaming these problems on capitalism? If one defines capitalism as an economic arrangement of private property rights and the freedom to justly acquire, use, and dispose of property, then how is the following in any way capitalism?
Crisis — Created by central banks, either privately run but sanctioned by the state or directly run by the state, causing a cycle of booms and busts that sends economies into recession and/or depression.
War — Created by the state, enabled in part by corporate collusion with the state as well as central bank inflationary policies that create money out of thin air.
Poverty — Exacerbated by the state through government welfare programs, perpetuating the plight of the poor by making them dependant on the state for their survival, as well as through increased barriers of entry to the market such as taxes, regulations, and minimum wage, preventing the poor from helping themselves.
Corruption — Enabled by the state, fed by collusion between politicians and special interest groups.
Exploitation — Enabled by the state.
Inequality — See exploitation.
Pollution — See inequality.
Depletion — Enabled by the state mainly through inadequate property rights. Resource extraction becomes destructive thanks to governments leasing land for mining or logging rights rather than selling the land outright. With no incentive to maintain the value of the land, corporations deplete all the natural resources they can and move on.
Waste — Derived from the statist Keynesian idea that in order to stimulate the economy one must spend rather than save, the cultural phenomenon that pervades the world today is one of excess and extravagance, rather than conserving resources and maximising lone-term benefit.
Climate — Not much to say here except that more evidence is required before one can say with a high degree of certainty that human action is affecting the climate. It is important to question the political and economic motives of those pushing for anthropogenic climate change theory when it entails increased power for the state and its corporate cronies.
When politics is so interwoven into economics, we are no longer talking about simple capitalism. It would be more accurate to describe what we have today as state capitalism, crony capitalism, corporatism, or fascism. Similarly, when one examines capitalism absent the state, it would be more accurate to call it stateless capitalism, laissez-faire capitalism, or anarcho-capitalism.
Justice – This one has pretty much lost its meaning. Justice is the righting of wrongs. This is, however, not what happens today. People think justice is another word for revenge, a way to get back at people who have wronged them. Justice is about repairing damage, revenge is about causing more damage. How they came to mean the same thing is beyond me. What I do know is that you cannot right a wrong with a wrong. It is not justice, and it is not justifiable.
Thats my stance.
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