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  •  i was under the impression that the (0+ / 0-)

    idea of capitalism was that it would it doesn't aim to alter human behavior but instead to simply harness it for a greater social good.

    •  Do people still follow the same patterns (2+ / 0-)
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      of behavior that they did in pre-capitalist societies? Do they live the same way? Work the same way?

      No they do not. Capitalism has altered human behavior in ways completely at odds with patterns that had endured for thousands of years. That's a fact regardless of what the idea may have been.

      Moreover, none of the early theorists of capitalism ever argued that human behavior should be free of social constraint or that market driven values should trump social values.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:42:24 AM PST

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      •  Contemporary defenses of capitalism are a carica- (2+ / 0-)
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        ture of early marketplace thinkers like Adam Smith.

        Fifty years ago, even most supporters of capitalism considered Objectivism or Libertarianism to be an unacceptable extreme. What we've witnessed since 1980 is an astounding vulgarization of capitalist thought, as Objectivist and extreme free market concepts and attitudes have been mainstreamed within right-wing discourse, and from there into public discourse.

        Find out about my next big thing by reading my blog. Link is here: http://bettysrants.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/my-next-big-thing/

        by Kimball Cross on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:43:07 AM PST

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