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Does Capitalism automatically lead to divisions between rich and poor?

  • Cant be rich without the poor

    We need the division of rich and poor to run smoothly. If we were all rich everything would cost more. Food, clothes, and all that stuff would be outrageous because we would not have poor Mexicans doing our work. Thank you have a good day. Hope you agree with my statement

  • Yes; it's the nature of the beast

    Capitalism in its very nature works by creating separations between rich and poor. It's constructed like a pyramid; you need people below you to work to make money for the people above. Capitalism wouldn't work if there wasn't a class system to hold it in place; this is the very basis of Marxism.

  • Yeah

    Capitalism does create class distinctions. Wealth accumulation though is key to prosperity. In this system, the rich are richer, but the poor are also richer. So class divisions are not bad if are naturally created through voluntary transactions in the common economy -- the contrary is true as everybody does better, a rising tide lifts all boats.

  • yes

    thats how capitalism works and thats how it keeps its balance. There needs to be poor and rich and whatever is in the middle but in reality you are on one side of the spectrum. Some will always stay in the richer side of the spectrum and some will always stay on poor side of the spectrum. And thats the sad part of it, we fool ourselves thinking we can become rich thanks to your capitalist society. Yes we can but not anyone. The truth is that there is limitated space in the top 1% because thats the way you balance capitalism

  • By definition

    For capitalism to keep working, it was famously said, there have to always be people rich enough to offer wages and people poor enough to be forced to take them. It is a system which tends to oligarchy, it is based on the concentration of productive property into a few hands and the creation of a large mass of wage-slaves. It is emphatically not a system for private property, as it tends to give much of it to few, and leave the many bereft of the benefits of property.

  • Yes, but for good reason.

    Yes, Capitalism does create division. If you gave 5 people $1000 maybe one of them would be able to make money by knowing what to do with it and managing both the money and resources it buys them. 1 would probably break even and three would be out of money having spent it on something short term. Very few people can set long term goals and persevere to achieve them. It takes a certain kind of mindset and the natural ability to make it work. There are inherent differences in people that make it so some succeed and others fail in varying fields.

  • Yes, it is the way it works.

    Capitalism automatically leads to divisions between the rich and the poor because the entire idea of capitalism is that some people will succeed and some will fail, in other words, some people will be rich and some others will be poor. However, even a capitalist system can have some regulations and restraints on it to ensure that the poor don't become too poor and that the rich can't exploit them too badly.

  • This is the business we've chosen.

    Capitalism, by nature, creates a division between the rich and poor because it fails to control for human greed. By contrast, communism fails to control for human laziness and inertia. This is not to say that capitalism is inherently evil - the divisions between rich and poor created as a function of greed and a desire on the part of people in control to gain an ever-increasing amount of wealth can be mitigated by conscientious people who wish to ensure a fair shake for those at the bottom of the ladder. However, the truly free-market economy allows for people to price-fix, collude, and tamper with the market - giving an unquestionable advantage to the "haves" as opposed to the "have-nots".

  • No, not because of capitalism.

    Divisions between the haves and have nots will exist in any economic system, even socialism and communism. So this effect cannot be attributed to capitalism alone. The real issue is one of control; if one group has dominion over essential elements of the economy, that group will see a greater benefit. This can be either from economic control (like in capitalism) or political control (socialism/communism.) Keep in mind that the elites in Soviet Russia did quite well for themselves and had access to a wide array of products and services that the average citizen did not. The difference between capitalism and socialism, then, is that capitalism actually provides a chance to ascend.


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