On Why I Can’t Let Go of Capitalism
One of my two current Gray Matters is capitalism. I have a difficult time seeing it (rather than greed or unethical behavior) as the core problem. Like any system, it’s only as good as the people involved, which I guess is the problem.
I don’t think profit is bad, I don’t think money is bad, and I don’t think everyone should have equal amounts of everything. Equal opportunity would be optimal, though we all know we don’t have that.
Why can’t we simply (and by that I don’t mean it would be simple) replace the businesses that are founded on principles of exploitation with businesses that aren’t? Why can’t we create new ways to deal with all of the problems we have caused, and then profit from those technologies or products? I’m not talking about greenwashing; I’m talking about a legitimate alternative. What’s wrong with the idea of vegan businesses that are in business to make money? Is a system based on the production of commodities to be sold for a profit necessarily bad? Is it the system that has to be replaced? Can’t we instead work to transform the ethics involved? (I realize that hasn’t worked in most corporations with accounting practices and executive pay, but it has had some success.)
Do you think that:
A) Capitalism is the problem?
B) The way we do capitalism is the problem (subsidies, etc…)?
C) People are the problem?
D) All of the above?
And finally: If sentient nonhumans were not relegated to the status of property, would capitalism still be the problem in your mind?