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  •  Capitalism is a Cancer (0+ / 0-)

    That will destroy this planet if we don't kill it.

    "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

    by Christopher Day on Fri May 26, 2006 at 04:45:02 AM PDT

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    •  i don't agree (0+ / 0-)

      it's not capitalism that is the problem.  it's just people's greed and lack of foresight.  they see how to make the buck NOW, but don't think about the costs down the road which will destroy them.  capitalism and free markets can work as long as people see long term costs and factor those in to their plans.  sometimes, governments can help this along by creating more immediate financial disincentives to destructive behavior.

      •  Big business is a huge problem. (0+ / 0-)

        A government cannot do much.  All it can do in manage the worst effects of globalism.

        •  It depends what kind of government (0+ / 0-)

          Certainly a government run by America's second party of corporate power, the Democrats, is unlikely to do much more than rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Thats why we need to talk about what it would take for the poor and working class majority of this country to obtain political power.

          "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

          by Christopher Day on Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:44:22 AM PDT

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          •  Hmmm...depends on the people. (0+ / 0-)

            When I was in Europe and Japan, they recycled a lot.  Maybe it has to come out of the grassroots, you know, how to deal with globalization causing species destruction and pollution.  

      •  Capitalism REWARDS greed and lack of foresight (0+ / 0-)

        The more costs a firm can externalize in the form of polution, unrecompensated damage to workers health, etc... the more profitable and competitive it will be. The problem isn't that firms don't see long-term costs its that they are able to pass them on to others. The logic of the free market is that firms must grow continuously or die. It is the logic of a cancer cell. Government regulation can certainly restrain some of the worse resulting excesses but this only intensifies the efforts of the big capitalists to secure control of the state, something this diary demonstrates they have been quite successful in. We live in a society where the processes of production are social and so are the costs, but ownership and the right to take profits are privately held in the hands of a tiny minority. This economic arrangement is fundamentally antagonistic to a genuinely democratic society. Instead we get this pale imitation of democracy in which we can choose which representatives of the capitalist class will occupy certain offices but the fundamental principle of the rule of the rich is never seriously in question.  

        "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

        by Christopher Day on Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:42:04 AM PDT

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