If you’re preaching the evils of capitalism, I’d like to know what you think would be better.

Folks, you have valid points, but you’re using the wrong word. What you’re talking about is corruption, not capitalism.

Sorry for yelling. Just wanted to make that stand out. Here’s the thing. I know if you look around, it’s easy to think corruption and capitalism are the same.

Words mean things for a reason…

Words mean things so that when we use a word, we all know what we’re talking about. Except, English is a damn weird language, which is why we need etymology, which is the study of the meaning of words.

That little local store you love? The grocery store where you buy your food? Capitalism allows them to exist.

In my city, we have a little store that’s locally owned and operated. Everything in the store is either fair trade, organic or local. I love that store.

Fact is, we need to buy stuff. That is not in question. The only question is this — is trade controlled by the business owner, or by the government?

When trade is controlled by private business owners, that’s capitalism.
When trade is controlled by the government, that’s the opposite of capitalism.

If you’re preaching the evils of capitalism, I’d like to know what you think would be better…

Again, back to the damn dictionary. If you look up the antonym (opposite) of capitalism, it’s communism. You think that’s better?

Many of the articles I read hold Europe out as a shining example…

Like this tidbit…

Seems to me, socialism is what you’re driving at…

The most “socialist” countries today are China, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand & Belgium,

How weird that those countries are also capitalist…

So what does “socialist” really mean, then? How are those counties both capitalist and socialist? Color me confused. So I looked up socialism.

The problem is not capitalism, it’s corruption.

And I will remind you again that the shining example (Europe) is a capitalist country. All those lovely places on the socialist countries list, where people can afford health care and homes and have a better quality of life — they’re capitalist countries, too.

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