- Oct 24, 2019
Capitalism encompasses much more that private property; Hayek’s analysis is dated and flawed. If anything, we are struck in a rigid dialectic from which there is no escape.I disagree.
I think it's more about consumerism & corruption than capitalism , which is just a basic right to own property ; right protected by the state and arbitrated by fair and just courts. (clearly that does not happen so what we see in the world is not capitalism).
Suicide is older than capitalism and exists in places that are not capitalist.
Capitalism does not mean laissez faire. The correlation of capitalism with deregulation, privatisation, tax havens, materialism, individualism, etc was done in the late 70s -- these are not synonyms, integral parts, inevitable results of basic capitalism. I'm not "defending capitalism" but the truth: people on both sides are lying. "Capitalism" is used as a slogan both by proponents and opponents -- and it had long lost its original meaning. It's another type of 1984.
The Road to Serfdom (1944, Hayek), a shining example of neo-liberal paradigm, speaks of protecting the environment and workers rights as essential. I'm not endorsing that school of thought nor recommending the book. I'm saying: educate thyself.
Of course ctb would continue to exist; statistics bear that out. Never has the suicide rate been higher.What do you mean ctb would not exist?. Are you saying once capitalism is gone that all suicidal people would be happy, and not consider ctb?. Well if you did, that isn't true because I wouldn't be happy, I would still ctb.