Capitalism is an illusion. Humans are the problem with capitalism. Greed, avarice, control, power, despotism and all the “deadly sins” are manifested and magnified through the illusion that human beings are little more than narcissists masquerading as actual feeling, sentient beings. The idea that some perfect “ideal” form of capitalism exists that self-regulates and promotes freedom and opportunity is a lead pipedream that has bludgeoned humanity bloody and dying.
Democracy too has been effectively deposed in the US by capitalism. The idea that we have a representative government that represents the people is a sad illusion. All political decisions are about money and influence, not people. Capitalism is the oligarchy that rules the world, especially the USA. USA is in effect corporately owned and operated.
There is no accountability in capitalism perfect or imperfect. As long as power and wealth is concentrated and directed towards a few controlling interests; and in return directed against everyone else, accountability or social responsibility is negated and rendered impotent. Those with the gold rule.
The religious proponents of unfettered capitalism in the US are laughable because no major religion on the earth encourages capitalistic behavior that is Darwinian at its core – survival of the fittest. Humans have the capacity to move beyond such primitive, anachronistic, savage, and narcissistic behavior. Cooperation, compassion, brotherly and sisterly love, genuine concern for others beyond one’s profit margins are all the “better angels” of human behavior.
Corporations and governments for that matter, are little more than sepulchers of amoral (at best), generally immoral (yet shrouded in legality), deadened narcissists that are using a golem of dollars and cents to wreak havoc and keep people in fear with debt, loss of income, government control scenarios and the like.
It is amazing that “We the People” are the government, that elects its representatives – illusion of representation – and we have been told to fear and loathe that to which we are inextricably connected. The ultimate self loathing scenario.
Yet we have been told through artful propaganda that corporations, capitalism and the so-called “free market” are preferable to “ The People” and their government; while the “The People” at large have no say or participatory representation within the boardrooms that rule society at large. This seems more fascist than democratic :
“Fascism, …comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology and a corporatist economic ideology developed in Italy. Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.[6 ]” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
Money rules all and people are always left dead and dying in its wake.
We are told and lies are spun to create value within the minds of those others that capitalists are creating. Values that do harm to the very individuals espousing them. More illusion, smoke and mirrors. There is little merit in economic models that imposes its creation of value and values for society at large, that by definition exclude, detract, do harm and promote violent anti-human behavior for those that cannot comply or will not comply to its will.
There is little free or voluntary individual activity expressed or encouraged in corporate economical models or capitalistic. Most ideas that are spawned in the capitalistic model are all contingent upon self preservation and profit with little regard for anyone or anything in its way or wake.
Look at the healthcare system where thousands of people die each day due to no healthcare; not to mention the military industrial complex and its lethal spawn. We have been told that healthcare is a privilege not a basic human right; and that the security of our own self interests negate any and all other considerations to the contrary. Justified genocide and torture.
The nebulous idea of the ideal of capitalism is pretty much like going to heaven: no one knows for sure; it does not and cannot exist in this world; it only benefits the believers, and sooner or later everyone that holds to this model will die believing it and will take thousands with them to the grave.