Is capitalism, by nature, and exploitational system?

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  • 6 months ago
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    It is.

    In the most extreme example, see the sweatshops or children harvesting cocoa in Africa.

    But even in the 'normal' situation, where workers receive a decent wage, enough for a 'middle class' standard of living, health insurance, and can put savings away for retirement there is still exploitation.

    For example, when I do consulting work, my company and clients agree on the value of my labor in terms of an hourly rate. As a wage, I receive roughly 15% of the agreed-upon value of my work. While I would never expect to receive 100% of the value of my labor - after all, some of that $ does have to go to keeping the lights on, rent, maintaining equipment, etc., 15% seems pretty low to me, even though I am fortunate enough to live comfortably.

    Every single dollar of profit is simply the unpaid labor of workers. It's not unique to capitalism, either. Any class society that is divided into two classes - the workers and the rulers - is going to be exploitative. One class, the workers, generates the wealth, and the exploiter class expropriates it for themselves.

    The exploitative nature of labor in the capitalist system isn't as easy to see as, say, under slavery, because it is hidden by the wage system. It still exists, of course.

  • James
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    All of the people in the coup attempt believe that . Thank God for Trump .

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    No but greed has caused it to morph into capitalizing. Capitalism is out of control today, one example, drug companies can charge us $100 and much more for a drug that costs them $5 to make.

  • 6 months ago

    Regardless of what system is in place someone is going to get exploited.

    Venezuela is a 100% Socialist country. Do you you think for a minute that those poor bass turds aren't feeling exploited.

    • B6 months agoReport

      it was never 100% socialist that's rediculous

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I say take a firm look at the United States of America to answer your question.

    One of the biggest arguments against protective tariffs is "it makes my toys cost more."

    We can PRETEND to give a crap about worker safety, about the environment, about living wages; but the reality is that we only have control over our own country and rather than embrace isolationism and protectionism we reject it because we WANT to exploit other countries. We WANT to claim moral superiority by banning things like child labor in our own country while we send our money over to countries that fully embrace it.

    Unregulated capitalism is, by default, a predatory system that divides a nation into classes to lift up those above them. Multinational capitalism does the EXACT SAME THING except on a global level, turning entire nations into debtor slaves.

    Without the poor class, there would be no middle class. Without the middle class, there would be no rich.

  • 6 months ago

    At least, under Capitalism, workers have some choice in whether or not to allow themselves to be manipulated, whereas, under Socialism, workers have no choice in whether or not to allow themselves to be manipulated.

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      In actual socialism, workers can choose where to work, and will have a say in what is produced and how much

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    No. Capitalism promotes hard work. Its goal is to reward people who work harder with extra earnings. Capitalists correctly understood that people are naturally greedy, and therefore one can get people to produce more by allowing to earn more with hard work. In fact, busting unions in order to suppress wages is not what capitalist should do. Fascism is the exact opposite because it removes the incentive to work hard It tries to give more money to people who own the means of production by forcing workers to work for lower wages. Slavery is NOT capitalism because no matter how hard a slave works, he/she gets nothing. Fascism and slavery therefore are counter to the aim of capitalism because they give money to people who often hardly ever work. In fact workers under fascism are forced to work hard to earn what they are offered, and they are punished if they do not work hard enough by being fired or even blackballed. Labor unions fight against exploitation of workers. Labor unions are therefore more in line with capitalism than fascists who try to make the rich richer even though the rich often hardly do any work or produce anything.

  • Dze
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    not really .. neither are some of the other systems .. what we have though is a problem with implementation and a complete lack of understanding on how the systems work .. the public is generally taught a bunch of bullsht about it and what they need to accept and pretty much the same banking types manipulate themselves into a position to exploit, whichever system it is .. name calling capitalism is bad, socialism is bad blah blah ignores that simple fact that the same people at the top are robbing you blind ..so if your going to let 'them' run things, your vote etc means exactly zero in whats going to happen to you ... that said, socialistic systems are WAY more efficient in siphoning off wealth from the public by these people ..

  • 6 months ago

    nature, by nature, is an "exploitational system"....

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    No, it's not.

    *an

  • Jas B
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes, which is why left wing parties in the modern industrialised world campaign for regulated capitalism.

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