Capitalism is slavery in so many ways. Consumers become enslaved by so many choices, and by becoming the victims of corporate America, who have ingrained people to believe they need things they don't need. Capitalism is a sad commentary on human nature, and only serves to entrench the have-nots for their entire lives.
Understanding the difference between capitalism, socialism, and communism is a wise place to start. Capitalism operates as a guise under freedom by promising those that are less fortunate too have the possibility of becoming a capitalist themselves, however they will spend their entire lives toiling to never reach that promised ending.
In a Capitalist system, the Bourgeois exploit the Proletariat in an attempt to gain more wealth for themselves to wallow in. The poor need to get jobs, and when they do get a job, the wage is so low, that they can't get out of that job. It hurts the economy in ways unimaginable. The only ones who can get their foot in the door of prosperity are the ones who either get lucky or are born into the Bourgeoisie. The ones who are born to be a Proletariat are stuck there for most or all of their life, struggling to get free from the bonds of capitalist slavery.
If you weren't born with the golden spoon feeding you, chances are, you will never get to eat from the golden spoon. In today's society it is nearly impossible for a lower to middle class citizen to ever manage to climb to the upper echelon of any workforce or get a position of power.
A child raised in below-poverty conditions will most likely remain there for their entire life working dead-end job to dead-end job and never really climbing out of that hole.
We are given few choices: the freedom to choose brand A, B, or C. The "Freedom" to choose to work for one slave master (i.E. Corporation) over another, etc. Noam Chomsky has suggested that the word 'crony' is superfluous in 'crony capitalism'. The capitalist machine is run by a small elite (i.E. An oligarcy) of the rich. Politicians are influenced by vested corporate interests and lobbyists. The system is rigged against you. Poverty is dismissed as a result of 'not trying hard enough' by the lucky upper-class.
With socialism, there is of course the issue of decreased incentive. Although capitalism creates higher production, it does so at the cost of a dog-eat-dog, channeling of socially-Darwinist aggression. Over-consumption and decreased self-sufficiency becomes the norm. The money gained through work is cycled back into the system.
Capitalism is slavery and at its roots are the white mans corrupt insufferable ego and his desire to dominate his surroundings. Land, people and resources, are nothing more to him than things he wishes to exercise dominion over. The bankrupt mind of the white man and his loathsome individualistic nature will be the death of humanity. The white man is omnicidal. He literally is the DEVIL of our times, of all times...And I see no end to his nature, ways and destruction. Help us all.
Living without money is unrealistic as land and resources are privately owned and cost money. House prices are extremely high in comparison to many people's wages so they are forced into working for others just in order for essentials. If you want to build your own house and grow your own food, you can't unless you own the land which costs money and even then planning regulations may prohibit it. Capitalism is made to not look like slavery because people want jobs to get money so that they can live. Living without money is more or less made illegal and impractical by the system and it's difficult to socially integrate without it.
To the extent that it is not possible in modern society to opt out despite the fact that we could easily provide shelter, food, water, and energy to the entire world. Some choose to work because they are fulfilled or driven by consumerism; however, as survival is ultimately contingent on adopting this system it has become slavery.
Sure, you could argue that you have choice which oligarch your labour is technically owned by, but you cannot suggest unless you are an entrepreneur that you receive the vast majority of the fruits of your labour.
The workers needs and desires are clearly the opposite of what derives the most profit for the shareholders. Therefore, as it is unoptional and exploitive, it is slavery.
Without the rich, who are greedy to have power over the poor and other in the form of money, there would be a truly Marxist, equal state. The reason this is not happening is that the few rich in the world are controlling the market and others lives through this influx of currency. Capitalism may not be fitting the requirements of your "correct" definition of slavery (which, in the end, is subjective), but when you realize how much money controls our lives and that we cannot escape it shows what it really is.
Capitalist pig 1 to capitalist pig 2 - We can make a ton of money from this product but I don't want to have to work.
Capitalist pig 2 to capitalist pig 1 - How about we monopolize the needs of society so that they have to do the work that we don't want to.
Capitalist pig 1 to capitalist pig 2 - Brilliant!
OF COURSE CAPITALISM IS NOT SLAVERY! I don't even need to put anymore words but the system is making me so.... Fuck you idiots who think capitalism is slavery fuck you idiots who think capitalism is slavery fuck you idiots who think capitalism is slavery fuck you idiots who think capitalism is slavery
Is someone saying that because we have to work for things we are slaves....Forced to work? If we buy that theory does that mean we can do what we want and someone will provide at least the basic necessities? Also, if I want more than the basics I am not allowed to work to provide it for myself? Or are all the means of production opened by the government (all of us) and we produce what some leaders decide.? Can someone explain this to me?
It's your choice. Do it if you want. People love to benifit them selves in any way shape or format wether its monetary or spiritual or personal. No body does it for no reason. In the end it was done as an act of empowerment. No body acts to hurt themselves without helping others too. In the long run its cause you do it for others and ultimetly your self
If you dont like capitalism give me a better idea. Socialism leads to a political elitist class of people and the ones who benifit are the elitist and their cronies. Everyone who loves a robin hood always seem to forget that before they got their cut robin took his. At least in capitolism you always have opprotunity. You can leave your job, go to school, and live your life the way you choose. If you are jealous of the people that have more than you maybe that is more the problem then which form of government we have.
Lol to above yes it works beautifully we should all strive to have America's economic stability, aiming for anything other than economic stability will always be to someones detriment ( balance of power)
People are not sold in Modern society but they are already owned
whenever wages rise for your average worker big corporates look at their proportional growth and representative profits and adjust accordingly and as all amenities are privately owned this is easily achieved in a short space of time
This is clearly ridiculous.
'Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation.'
No one is forced to work under capitalism, and to the person who said that consumers are overwhelmed/enslaved with choices...LOL
Capitalism is the driving force of innovation. In other economic systems like socialism there is no incentive to innovate and work harder. Also, capitalism doesn't create slavery, a poorly regulated free market system does. If you look at communist China they have horrible working conditions compared to capitalist America. It's all about having a good free market system with some socialist regulations to protect the workers and prevent a company from gaining a monopoly.
Capitalism makes the possibility of the poor and the lower middle class to rise above poverty more possible. Under socialism, you are bogged down under the slavery of your own mentally, that mentally being that you are entitled to certain things. When people get the idea that they are entitled to basic living conditions without having to work for them, why would the typical person work? I believe that due to the general narcissism of modern society, people would see me pay for them to live poor then for them to go out and work to become middle class. When someone has this mentality, they are enslaved to poverty and their own ignorance for a lifetime.
Hahahaha, no. The majority of "rich" people, firstly, have jobs and are actually willing to WORK. They didn't inherit it or even win the lottery. Second, there's not nearly as huge of a gap between the rich and the poor in America as there is in fully communist countries such as China, where even the poorest Americans are much better off than the majority of people there. And, if you don't believe me, check out this clip: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=hgPIGOZdcyI
Capitalism is not slavery. One of the arguments for it being so is "the consumer is enslaved by so many choices"...That must be a joke. In a capitalist society, through hard work, social and economic status can be changed. Less affluent families can receive financial aid, and scholarships for higher education. In short, capitalism is NOT slavery. And the only people who say it is are those bringing in 100K or more.