Top 10 Reasons To Hate Capitalism

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10. Capitalist corporations suffer from a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and are rewarded by shareholders for acting that way. If corporations could be sent to a criminal psychologist’s office they’d be diagnosed as psychopaths and locked away forever.

9. Capitalism encourages greed. But greed is only good for capitalists. For normal people it is anti-social and soul destroying, not to mention very bad for our communities, which rely on altruism, compassion and a generalized concern for others.

8. Capitalism is a system of minority privilege and class rule based on the private ownership of means of livelihood. This gives a few rich people the power to buy and sell jobs, which means they can build or destroy entire communities that depend on those jobs.

7. Capitalists praise freedom and individualism, but they destroy freedom and individualism for everyone but themselves. The vast majority of us who work for a living are daily asked to uncritically follow orders, to act as if we are machines, and limit our creativity to what profits our bosses.

6. Capitalists denigrate cooperation and collectivism, but create mass production processes that rely on both from workers. Their system requires us to be cogs in a giant profit-making machine, but because they fear the power this gives us we are told working together for our own interests is illegitimate and bad. Thus capitalists undermine unions and other organizations that encourage workers to cooperate with each other and act collectively.

5. Capitalism requires the largest propaganda system the world has ever known to convince us it is the only system possible. It turns people into consumers through advertising, marketing, entertainment and even so-called news. Millions around the world are employed to use their creativity to twist our feelings of love, desire, human solidarity and fairness into tools of manipulation, so that ever more profits can flow into the hands of a tiny minority.

4. Capitalism is a system in which the principle of one dollar, one vote, dominates that of one person, one vote. Those who own the most shares (bought with their dollars) control giant corporations, many of which are more powerful than all but a few governments. Rich people also use their money to dominate the elections that are supposed to give us all one, equal vote. Under capitalism those with the most money are entitled to the most goods and services as well as the most say in directing our governments and our economy.

3. Capitalism proclaims the virtue of naked self-interest, but self-interest without regard for morality, ecology or common sense leads to environmental degradation, destruction of indigenous communities, colonialism, war and other forms of mass destruction. Self-interest leads capitalists to seek profit absolutely everywhere, regardless of the damage done to other people and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. Self-interest leads capitalists to destroy any rival economic system or way of thinking (such as indigenous communal land use and respect for nature) that can be a barrier to their endless quest for profit.

2. Capitalism is not a friend to democracy but ultimately its enemy. When pushed, capitalists choose capitalism over democracy. If people use democracy to weaken the power of capitalists the rich and powerful turn to various forms of fascism in order to keep their privileges.

1. Capitalism is a cancer taking over our planet. Capitalists make profits from global warming, from destroying our oceans, from pumping ever more chemicals into the atmosphere and from patenting everything they can, including life itself. Only by getting rid of capitalism can we rescue our environment.

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    The fact that there are no comments is telling – after all this is an American site and the majority of Americans revere capitalism i.e. profit at all cost. I am still to meet an American who will denounce capitalism, no matter how poor they are. After all ” they are all just temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Please prove me wrong.

  • Linda Jansen

    The fact there are no commenters probably means that most Americans coming to this site (Popular Resistance) already know the worst points of capitalism and are working against them. Not sure where you are writing from, Ms. Berg, but glad you found your way here. Pay attention and you will be delighted to see that plenty of Americans understand the evils of capitalism.

  • DHFabian

    When you see an article in the morning that has no comments, it means that you’re the first to comment.

  • kevinzeese

    See Linda Jahnsen is right – we do cover anti-capitalism perspectives a lot, maybe people already know this.

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    and that is your comment?

  • DHFabian

    Today’s Americans embrace hard capitalism, unlike those who came before us. For the past 20 years, the implicit message has been that our system works so well that everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. (Have you noticed that the “inequality” discussion of recent years has been confined to the gap between the working class and rich?) By today, Americans truly believe that only those who are of current use to the job market (our capitalist system) deserve to survive. Those who are left behind are mere surplus population, of no use to us. We discard that which is of no use.

  • ywsf

    Its all true as stated in the movie The Corporation. We know capitalism is bad. But what do we replace it with? People have always needed goods and services, but how do we make those company stop being sociopaths, or compete with them when they can sell products for less than a small business can buy them from manufacturers. Walmart put my TV repair man Dad’s small business under for that very reason. then they called him and asked him to come work for them, for shitty wages. He closed shop and retired and never shopped Walmart a day in his life. Congress is on their payroll too so they do nothing about unlivable wages, pollution, earthquakes from fracking, destroying communities, etc. Congress let this happen. Time for a 3rd party. Neither current party can be trusted to help we the people in any way shape or form.

  • Rosemary1155

    I’m disappointed that the author didn’t mention capitalism’s evil twin, militarism. There can’t be any more immoral use of capitalism than to profit on the blood of the children and adults we slaughter in other countries. Not only do the munitions manufacturers profit, but so do a multitude of other vampires.

  • Helga Fellay

    DHFabian, you really should, at least once, leave your gated community and look around you. When using the expression “working class” it does not refer to only those individuals who are lucky enough to have a job which can support them and their families, but those who have lost their jobs because of outsourcing, including those who are looking for jobs, and even those who have finally given up looking, are members of that class. When you say “our system works so well that everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief” you are living in a non-existing fantasy land which is far removed from reality. Why don’t you leave your mansion and drive through the rust belt and visit some of the ghost towns which used to be prosperous towns of “working class” people living comfortable lives, before NAFTA destroyed their lives. If you believe that only the Wealthy Elite “deserve to survive” and think of the 98% of struggling Americans as “mere surplus population, of no use to us” which should be discarded, you expose the full ugliness of your mindless and soulless self.

  • Helga Fellay

    You are of course correct. I think militarism is included by implication, because capitalism and militarism are not only evil twins, they are conjoined twins. One feeds of the other, and neither one can exist without the other.

  • Helga Fellay

    ywsf, I believe that capitalism in and by itself is not evil. The evil we are witnessing today is the result of a completely out-of-control, totally unregulated form of capitalism which inevitably results in the bigger fish swallowing up the smaller fish, until there is only one oversized deadly shark left, which means absolute dictatorship by the deadliest corporate shark(s). This is the world we live in today. Our “democratic elections” are merely an expensive sideshow to keep people from becoming fully aware of this fact.

  • Helga Fellay

    it’s actually a surprisingly good comment. You, Lili-Ann, seem as unaware of the world we live in as DHF is. When you say “I am still to meet an American who will denounce capitalism, no matter how poor they are.” my response to you is that you need to get out more. At least meet some people who don’t live in your isolated bubble of delusionals. I have denounced capitalism, as do most of the people I know.

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    I’m not living in America – I’m a Swedish/Australian living in Europe and if you for a minute think I am unaware of what’s going on in the world check out my 10,000 + tweets – most with reference to articles about world politics and human rights. I get Popular Resistance articles, just like you on a daily basis. I know exactly what is going on – I certainly don’t live in a delusional bubble, Besides decades as a university lecturer is hardly an isolated profession Perhaps I haven’t met enough Americans and I apologize for my rash assumption.

  • ywsf

    I believe you just made the case for Capitalism not working. Its based on competition, which ultimately means all smaller fish will eventually be eaten with one big fish remaining. We have anti trust laws that are ignored. It is a cycle that will continue with capitalism.