Why dont people under capitalism think of ways of improving society?
Innovation is only valuable to the extent that it maximizes profit. While millions starve to death as a result of capitalism's inefficient allocation of resources, the capitalist thinks of technology to satisfy the "demands" (artificial needs) of the middle class consumers. The extreme victims of capitalism have no say in anything as they lack purchasing power, so providing sustainable alternatives to essential needs is not considered. Although indeed it is possible to feed the world, it is not profitable because these people lack purchasing power. People in 3rd world countries cannot produce the food necessary to sustain themselves because of problems like soil erosion and desertification. Why are we not looking for solutions? Shouldn't a society satisfy the needs of all people, not simply those who have purchasing power? The middle class in developed countries work in occupations that they real have little to no say in for their next pay cheque. Our job is not a means to improve society, but to ensure the status quo and to allow countless more to suffer from the unsustainable policies of global capitalism. The values of our consumerist society are reinforced through the various institutions that ensure the legitimacy of the capitalist state. We are not improving society. We are allowing this corrupt system to continue destroying the vulnerable as is an fundamental component of the capitalist system. When profit triumphs all, naturally the needs of the majority will not be met. Globalization is an inherent part of the economic system. In order to maximize profit, it is essential to exploit the resources and labour abroad. Wars are fought for companies that are tied to the nation state to gain access to resources which is why the state is an essential part of the capitalist system. In the end, we do think about ways to improve society. Our prime goal as middle class workers is a family's well being. Little do we care beyond the realms of our daily lives....little do we consider making positive changes in our communities because so long as capitalism exists, we will not be able to improve society.
Asked By: Char - 1/4/2010
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Conservative/Capitalist aren't know for their innovative, out of the box thinking, or for their compassion... More
Answered By: Leni Duchess of Beggars - 1/4/2010
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Right on! You should start a multi-million dollar corporation and start leading by example!!
Answered By: Yepper - 1/4/2010
Cute rant. Now look at history and tell me where most of the innovation that has increased crop yields and reduced things like soil erosion have come from. They have come from capitalist economies not from socialist or communist economies.
Answered By: WRG - 1/4/2010
Naive pseudo-intellectual college freshman-esque rants fail. I'd love to see your discourse on why you feel society needs to be dictated to above, and instead of, individual rights, and how you feel that actually improves society. But actually, no. I've heard enough.
Answered By: Glasses McCrashes - 1/4/2010
And what do you think socialism does to "improve society"? I recall one Country where it was tried had the novel idea to eliminate a group of people because of their religion. the same country killed those we now term "slow" or "retarded" because they were worthless to society. This "corrupt" system has the advantage... More
Answered By: smsmith500 - 1/4/2010
Well, I say you are somewhat wrong. Consider Exxon. They provide a necessity and gouge the crap out of everyone, making all of us poorer. Of course the rich invest in them so they come out to the good while the middle class and the poor get the shaft. Now, big oil could have kept prices down at the start of the... More
Answered By: Ken - 1/4/2010
I'm not sure where you live, but I'm guessing somewhere in the UK. I invite you to come to America and see our magnificent capitalist system for yourself where innovations enhance our lives every day. We are indeed the most innovative country in the world but you need to understand that innovation comes from... More
Answered By: Suzy - 1/4/2010
I'm wealthy, and capitalism provided that for me - I force none of my employed laborers to work for their low wages, they can quit ANY TIME! We import from 3rd world nations, but they're HAPPY to sell to us, and if they are making our products with slave labor, then guess what? NOT MY PROBLEM! I'm not forcing there... More
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