Re: anti-capitalism thread
« Reply #177 on: June 26, 2015, 01:29:01 PM »
"No he's not? He's growing rich off exploiting others through rent-seeking."
Again, if it were possible to change the system anytime soon, then yeah lets focus on that. Capitalism is disgusting.
But it happens to be quite popular these days, and although that can likely change it won't anytime soon.
So we can sit idle and do nothing, and you and I can continue to sit back and contribute to the exploitation ourselves, as we do, or we can find ways to utilize the system to benefit others.
So you say hes growing rich - but I say hes giving almost all of it away and keeping <100k for his family. So his riches are really for others, and the rest is to allow him to live comfortably but not excessively. But ohhh, so what if hes giving it away, it doesn't matter because he only got it through exploiting renters. Yeah what a travesty, american's renters have it sooo bad. I can't believe they're being skinned alive by their landlords for an extra $50-250 a month so that he can help those over privileged $2 a day earners in third world countries.
Again if you can change it, change it - but we can't. So we can talk about fairy tales, or we can do something practical to make it happen.
And yes, in the long run my idea doesn't fix the issue. It will allow the system to perpetuate due to the majority of rich being evil and also the very nature of capitalism itself. At best it's a glorified bandaid to a much bigger problem, but a much needed bandaid (cuz people's suffering is real), until real change occurs and capitalism in finally thrown in the trash can of terrible ideas - if it ever happens.