Once again, trolling for material and doing so at probably one of the better sites at which to do it: Treehugger, that special brand that combines both “sustainable environmentalism” and socialism. This time, an article on how Albert Einstein hated Capitalism. It starts off with the senseless nod to the Noble Savage concoction and then the “idyllic” nature of the agrarian society:
“The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence,” Einstein said. “The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil.”
Yeah, planned economies have worked out so very well. The problem that while he was a genius in his fields of math and physics and to which there is no doubt, it is rare that such a savant’s capabilities transfer as well to other areas – in Einstein’s case, economic theory and politics. The post descends from there as the writer adds more poop to the pile:
Humans naturally both compete and cooperate with each other. But capitalism encourages competition and discourages cooperation, breaking social bonds.
Yeah, not so much on that cooperation thingie. Of course, I had to leave a dropping of my own (still waiting to be published as they, like us, moderate comments):
UPDATE: glad I saved off that entire post and put my response here – it was deleted. Am trying again over there.
I guess it is all about the simplest awareness of what it takes to make something, especially ranging from something that appears to be mundane like a pencil to a Boeing 777 or a supercomputer. I guess it is the nature of today’s world that most people take a lot of stuff for granted and never give much thought as to how some object in their house came to be. Even the computer, tablet, or phone on which you are reading this post is really a marvel of our age – a few years or decades ago, they were inconceivable other than in the annals of science fiction.
Fiction no longer – we built that, capitalism built that (with no apologies to Senator Elizabeth “Fauxcahauntus no more!” Warren).