For 5 millennia before the concept of free markets came around the whole damned world was more or less a bunch of warring tribes which resulted in it taking 2000 years to graduate from the water wheel to the steam engine. Since then, as Capitalism took root around the world it took 200 years to move from the steam engine to putting a man on the moon and bringing him back to earth.
Just my opinion but I think that kind of thing speaks volumes for the positive results Capitalism produces.
That being said, the technology that produced the bomb also produced nuclear reactors which provide electricity to millions of people around the world without pumping soot into the air or damming up rivers.
As far as your point about nuclear reactors, one need only consider the accidents of Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island to see the kind of disadvantages that come along with this type of power.
Over and above that, your response does not deal with the core issue that capitalism cultivates the destructive power of greed to achieve the results you praise. As such it increases the destructive quality of hate. The question is, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
That said, I am sitting here at my business posting between sales. I can tell you, it sure feels good counting tha money!!!
No, the opposite in some cases.
Capitalism has improved the human condition and experience profoundly.
It has given birth to the most progressive, egalitarian, and charitable nations on Earth, ones that do extremely well in happiness polls and occupy the entirety of the world's most prosperous and innovative nations.
It is an imperfect system with visible drawbacks here and there, but it's still a damn good when done well. As for greed, no system is immune to it as we have seen so many times in history. Greed is one of the constants in humanity, it's not going anywhere, not now and not ever, how we deal with it is what will change.
Humans don't need any help in hating each other.
Inequality is a staple of nature.
Last edited by Van Basten; 02-28-15 at 05:01 PM.
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