It is not surprising that during the capitalist epoch

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Unformatted text preview: gainst layoffs, free or near-free health care and schooling, and so on. In these countries the market and the state are seen as partners. In Japan and elsewhere in Asia, there are systems that can be described as state capitalism, where there is heavy government involvement in directing the economy and where the state tends to dominate the market. 3|Page Capitalism Critique Affirmative BDL Alternative Can’t Solve – Capitalism Inevitable [___] No alternatives to capitalism have managed to survive John Isbister, Professor Economics, U. Cal @ Santa Cruz, 2001 (Capitalism and Justice, p. 46) Some in the capitalist world try to retain or re-create the best parts of precapitalism. Some Amish and Mennonite communities are based on precapitalist values, as are some other faith-based groups. The 1960s and 1970s saw the creation of secular alternative rural communes, communities whose members tried to eliminate all marks of distinction between them, to be self -sufficient, and to live simply. The communes had some successes, but most eventually collapsed. Communities such as these have attempted to embody precapitalist values, but none has succeeded in cutting itself off from capitalist influences: from the market, from the media, from the legal system, and from other influences of the modern world. While we can learn from our antecedent societies, we cannot return to them. The door has been closed. [___] Capitalism is too ingrained to be wished away Wilson, coordinator of the Independent Press Association’s Campus Journalism Project, 2000 (How the Left can Win Arguments and Influence People, pg 15 - 16) Capitalism is far too ingrained in American life to eliminate. If you go into the most impoverished areas of America, you will find that the people who live there are not seeking government control over factories or even more social welfare programs; they're hoping, usually in vain, for a fair chance to share in the capitalist wealth. The poor do not pray for som-they strive to be a part of the capitalist system. They want jobs, they want to start businesses, and they want to make money and be successful. What's wrong with America is not capitalism as a system but capitalism as a religion. We worship the accumulation of wealth and treat the horrible inequality between rich and poor as if it were an act of God. Worst of all, we allow the government to exacerbate the financial divide by favoring the wealthy: go anywhere in America, and compare a rich suburb with a poor town-the city services, schools, parks, and practically everything else will be better financed in the place populated by rich people. The aim is not to overthrow capitalism but to overhaul it. Give it a social-justice tune-up, make it more efficient, get the economic engine to hit on all cylinders for everybody, and stop putting out so many environmentally hazardous substances. To some people, this goal means selling out leftist ideals for the sake of capitalism. But the right thrives on having an ineffective opposi...
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