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Has Extreme capitalism, with its onslaught of visual and audible commercialism - combined with an enclopedia of tax laws - produced a growing number of anti-capitalists in search of a better system?

Asked by onaquest (10points) October 3rd, 2007
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carlosp's avatar

Not sure why you asked, since you appear to already know. Loaded question, much?

mrtomservo's avatar

I think so. But this is your essay to write. :)

manahouri's avatar

The anti-tax people are the extreme capitalists. Hence the new breed of libertarian who defines himself as an ‘anarcho-capitalist.’

Extreme capitalists have always been anti-tax.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

youtube ron Paul

hossman's avatar

How did I know Mr. Paul’s name would show up? Yikes, seems to me the poster has given us a clear idea of where the question “should” go. I agree with others here that taxes are by no means part of capitalism, in fact, “Extreme Capitalism,” in my view, would be more like laissez-faire capitalism with no government interference, regulation or taxes. Neither realistic nor possible.

I’m not sure what you mean by a better “anti-capitalist system.” Do you mean a system that actively opposes capitalism, as your tone suggests? Seems to me that would be a waste of time and resources. If you simply mean an alternative system to capitalism, what would you suggest? Many people then promote barter, not understanding barter is simply a more basic form of capitalism.

Really, the only alternatives I can see to capitalism are : 1) Complete altruism, where everybody does for each other, and voluntarily shares their resources equitably. The ideals of early
Christianity would be an example. Noble, but people being what they are, there will always be somebody taking advantage, and the system would collapse; or 2) Some form of socialism, where resources are allocated by some form of decision maker. Again, people being what they are, corruption is inevitable, plus a bureaucracy can never function as efficiently as a market. I’m not aware of any successes with socialism on a large scale. In fact, some countries like France are now seeing their successful and wealthy flee the country.

Capitalism is inherently unfair to many. It can be, in individual circumstances, downright vicious (but so can socialism). Its virtues are it inherently (in its pure form) directs its rewards to those either coming into the system with wealth (sometimes good, sometimes bad) or those working hardest (almost always good); and further, it recognizes greed and incorporates it into the system, relying on it to increase efficiency. It’s not perfect, but it ain’t a perfect world. I do think it most closely matches the broad spectrum of how humanity works. Us as we are, not as we should be.

rosedog's avatar

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