-Capitalism Is NOT A Social System-
Capitalism is an economic system. As such it is not designed to create an acceptable social system. It is a tool. It is, like any other tool, supposed to serve a specific purpose. It is, as are a great many other tools, very dangerous when misused or not controlled properly or when used for the wrong purpose; one for which it was never intended to be used. You may think of it as being like fire; a wonderful servant when properly controlled but a horrible master when control is lost. It is a tool that must be owned, and work for, a society.
Many people in our society genuinely feel that capitalism is superior to other economic systems that have previously existed and also to some that have only been proposed. I agree with them on most of that. Too many people who support capitalism seem to have difficulty separating, in their minds, our economic system from our social system, however. Since capitalism depends upon competition, they think that society should also depend upon competition.
They are forgetting that our society is made up of human beings who share many of the same needs, likes, desires, goals, and abilities. We all have need of things like schools, hospitals, health care, roads, emergency services, police services, fire-fighters, and a whole host of things. When there is no society, each person must assume full responsibility for all his needs and wants. We come together in societies so as to share the load for those things that we share a need for.
Recently I’ve been hearing more and more people express the idea that “some shouldn’t have to pay for the needs of others” by way of social programs and medical care; even Social Security for pensioners who have paid into it all their lives, has come under fire. They make the classic error of wanna-be right wingers who have no idea of the meaning of the term "society."
It is not now, and it has never been, a matter of "some" paying the bills of others. It HAS been, just as it is in any properly operating company, a matter of all contribute - according to their skills, abilities, and health.
ALL CONTRIBUTE! - Got that part?
Some contribute in cash, some in social working ways, some by doing their jobs faithfully, some just by being the ones who buy those products that the company YOU work for makes. It behooves ANY civilized society to realize that we are all, always, interdependent on each other. That's the way successful companies work and that's the way a successful society works.
Our society is "broken" at the moment because we didn't ensure that it worked properly to meet the shared needs of all of its members. We let the tool gain the upper hand. It is now our master.
I am a dedicated capitalist. I am also, as are we all, part of something more; a company, a community, a social class, a nation, a world, etc. We co-operate with each other in many ways because that is the most efficient way of ensuring that many good things will be there for us when we need them. That is the social system we find most efficient.
To suggest that our social system ought to work along the lines of, and by the principles of, our capitalist economic system is sheer nonsense. Societies work best by co-operation. Economic systems work best by different principles. To try to force our society into the mold of our economic system is like trying to bathe by the techniques of auto-repair.
To those who would try to force this upon us, I have this to say to you; if you can't see the value of co-operation in certain areas of life, then how can you see the value of co-operatively built/funded roads, hospitals, police and fire departments, etc.? Why not hire your own cops and fire-fighters; train & equip them too, while you're at it. Build your own roads. Buy yourself a hospital, with all its trained staff and expensive equipment.
Not so doggone independent now, are you?
There is plenty of room for all the independence and individualism you can handle in our economic system without trying to bring it on over into those areas where we all, you included, have a common interest. Hey, if you're going to be a capitalist, at least try to learn where competition ends and co-operation begins...... for VERY personally independent reasons!