It is not Capitalism that causes the evils you quote, it is Statism, otherwise known as Big Government. In a pure Capitalist system, there would be no Government, or least no Government interference in the market. All commerce would be between willing buyers and willing sellers of goods and services. There is no such thing as a pure Capitalist system today: all markets are distorted to a greater or lesser degree by Government taxes, wealth redistribution and Government expenditure. Socialism is a virus infecting every Capitalist system through the democratic voting system, rewarding politicians who promise more welfare, bread and circuses, and in the process, growing big Government ever bigger. It is not Capitalism you need to oppose, it is the excesses of a Government grown out of control, and gathering more power to itself.

Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other system, because it works to create new wealth. Socialism works to redistribute wealth and, by central planning, to wreck the economy.

Government should be of Laws not of People

The evils that you attribute to Capitalism are actually caused by corrupt people breaking the law. Laws exist to protect the environment and the poor from exploitation: enforce them, strengthen them if need be, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that Socialism is the answer: it has been tried repeatedly over the last Century and has never worked, not once, because it is impossible for an economy to be centrally planned by bureaucrats better than by the laws of supply and demand in a free market.

In answer to some of your specific cases:

Right, the invisible hand fracking our water supply.

*So sue them.

The invisible hand that makes our rivers flammable.

*So sue them.

The invisible hand that cooks the ocean.

*The Ocean is not cooked: what are you smoking?

The invisible hand that is melting Antartica.

*At least I can spell Antarctica, and its average temperature in spite of Global Warming is -30 degrees C. Water cannot melt at -30 degrees, so this statement is fake news, sorry.

The invisible hand that chains teenage girls to sewing machines.

*That is criminal, mafia type behaviour, not Capitalism.

The invisible hand that traffics children into sex slavery.

*These people are bastards, but they would be under Socialism too. Stalin used the Bolshoi Ballet as his private Harem, and Communist China made prostitution illegal but admitted that some women were still paid for having sex.

You know, the invisible hand holding humanity down by the throat.

  • That sounds more like Fascism or Communism to me.
  • Fascism: “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
  • Communism: “a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.”

See how similar those are? If you define the Left of politics as supporting workers’ collectives without individual property or freedom, and the Right of politics as supporting the rights of the individual, then Free Market Capitalism is the Right, and Fascism and Communism are both at the extreme Left. Socialism is merely the poisonous rhetoric which inflames the gullible to support the revolution so that the Fascist/Communist dictatorship can be established: Socialism: “a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the State.” It is implicit that the State cannot own the means of production without stealing it from private owners, so the state must needs be Totalitarian, and the Revolution bloody.

Extremes are seldom good: the extreme Right is Anarchy (No Government), not Fascism. The extreme Left is Fascism (Big Government) in all but name. Fascism is just a hate label generated by Socialists who think they can distinguish between Hitler’s Socialist Fascism and Stalin’s Socialist Communism by clever marketing techniques. Given that the two systems are as similar as Coke and Pepsi, only branding by slogan can maintain a perceived difference between the two. So when you attack Capitalism you attack freedom, and advance the cause of Fascism/Communism.

Stop attacking Capitalism, and instead work towards Laws that regulate treatment of workers, and put child traffickers in Gaol. Don’t throw the Capitalist Baby out with the criminal bathwater! :-)



I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

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Al Black

Al Black

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.