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Here my opponent is saying that capitalism is the worst system only if you exclude every other system. However, this is just basic logic. If you only have one item on a list, that item will simultaneously be the best and worst on the list automatically. My opponent has proved nothing thus far.
Now, we have agreed that the resolution is "Capitalism is the best economic system ever devised." This leaves my opponent with a hefty burden of proof to fill. He must prove that any system other than capitalism is inferior to capitalism. In order to disprove that, I decided to randomly select an ideology out of a list and see what I got. The result: anarchism. I was secretly hoping for communism since it's basically the exact opposite of true free-market capitalism, but oh well.
So, what makes anarchism better than capitalism? Many things. First and foremost, anarchism may be the most flexible form of government of all. In anarchism, the people as a whole decide on how they want society to be. There are many forms of anarchism. For example, anarcho-communism is a system in which communism exists, but there is no government to control it. This way, there is no possibility of a tyrannical dictator becoming the ruler.
In anarchism, the only purpose of the "government" is to manage foreign affairs. There's an enormous benefit to this - almost no possibility of corruption. Since the well-being of citizens is not decided by a few select individuals, bribing government officials becomes almost pointless and certainly not worth one's time.
Now, many people are skeptical of the feasibility of a successful anarchy that doesn't turn into chaos. However, I argue that not only is it possible, it has already existed in the past. The native Americans had a system very similar to anarcho-communism. Everyone worked for the benefit of each other. People listened to their tribe leader, not because they had to, but because they respected them, and that's the way it should be.
Another example is Aragon. During the Spanish Revolution, this area had no official rulers. Before, there was a working class of peasants who were controlled by serfs, but the anarchists overthrew them and created a true anarchist society. People were free to fulfill their needs of life without the control of others.
Anarcho-communism for the win!
This is repeated through history, and the truth is, to preserve the rights of the people, a goveronment is necessary, big enough to protect our rights, but not so big that it begins infringing our rights itself. People just aren't good enough for a anarchist socioty to work, infac this was referenced by one of our founding fathers:
"If men were angels no goveroment would be necessary" - James Madison
Conspiracyrisk forfeited this round.
First, I'd like to point out that this is a debate about capitalism, not anarcho-communism. I just brought it up as a means of comparison for fun's sake. My opponent still has said basically nothing about capitalism itself, and since he has the BoP, I don't really see the need to rebut his arguments.
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Vote Placed by tejretics 10 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: RFD: Pro merely asserts the topic again, not sufficient to show that capitalism is the best system. Con explains that anarcho-communism is more flexible for growth. Pro's response is that such utopian societies historically died out (while failing to explain link between anarcho-communism and them dying out). In short, pro loses because they don't show capitalism is the best system and their response to anarcho-communism isn't compelling. Vote Con.
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