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I’m continuing my reporting on the current installment of Conservative Estimate, the recently founded website that is devoted to demolishing Conservatism.

On Friday, Mr. George showed that Capitalism, being founded on an unjust act of economic force, must be considered an intrinsically immoral system.

Today, he discusses the fact that Capitalism’s injustice can be mitigated somewhat, but it can never be removed.

Let’s see what he has to say after the interlaced orange tongues.

Mr. George begins today’s installment by asking whether Capitalism’s inherent immorality makes all capitalists evil, and he answers that this would be absurd.

Many of them don’t even know about the violence at the bottom of the system. Most of them think that they are dealing fairly with the people who work for them.
But ignorance does not excuse everything, and even if the ignorant capitalist is not entirely guilty, he is not entirely innocent either.
[T]heir ignorance does not change the fact: The leverage that capitalists hold over workers is the fear of unemployment and destitution. The person who uses that leverage either consciously or unthinkingly is not someone who ought to be considered morally upright.
Mr. George then goes on to point out that decent capitalists try to protect their workers, even if they don’t understand that the entire system is unjust, simply out of common humanity:
In the current recession, who hasn’t heard about employers who have taken a financial hit themselves in order to keep paying their workers enough to at least scrape by? These employers show that it is possible to mitigate the consequences of the violence at the root of capitalism.
But, he continues, it is not possible to remove the injustice of Capitalism entirely. More than likely, such generous capitalists will be driven out of business by more ruthless capitalists who can take advantage of the generous capitalist’s lack of focus on the bottom line.

In conclusion, Mr. George says that such attempts to mitigate the injustice of Capitalism can go some ways to soften the harshness of the system, but they cannot eliminate it.

There may be decent capitalists. But the capitalist system is not decent. Its dependence on economic force makes it immoral, and no amount of decency on the part of its practitioners can remove that stain.
You can read the whole post here.

Tomorrow, Mr. George will discuss why, in the standoff between workers and capitalists, the workers’ rights are always superior to the capitalists’ rights.

I’ll be reporting back each day as a new installment appears.

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  •  It really isn't a good idea to anthropomorphize (2+ / 0-)
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    a concept. Aside from the heart being an organ whose sensory and emotive capacity is poor, ascribing an organic function to a process does not being it to life.
    Figments of the imagination need to be recognized as such. Capitalism is an idea, an intellectual construct, which aims to model how certain human interactions in time and space are carried out. Discarding the human element or substituting an artificial organ does not illuminate the essence.
    Assigning capitalism a heart is frivolous.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:43:52 AM PST

  •  But then what economic system on earth (0+ / 0-)

    is any good for people, AND practically sustainable?   Certainly, some sort of collectivist farm community somewhere I guess is one answer, but that is a micro-economy at best.  The same species of humans who run capitalist societies and capitalist companies also run collectivist economies and all other economic and political and practical human endeavors.

    How is a collectivist society, for example, run by a greedy few, any better for people than our society?

    All we can do is appeal to our humanity, our atruistic side (when we see one), and hope that business owners who treat people better, are not driven out of business, like Seth Kimball, for example, in Aldus Shrugged!  Also, if enough business owners act responsibly toward people, then their businesses will prosper.  I have to believe that.  In the same way good customer service might cost you in the short run, an extra replacement product here and there, some extra man-hours maybe....but in the long run, it is a winning and sustainable formula.  Why wouldn't the same thing work for the treatment of employees as well??

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    by Floyd Blue on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:07:25 AM PST

  •  It isn't human; can't have a heart; many of the (0+ / 0-)

    People who promote it and benefit from it don't have hearts.

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