I talked in an earlier post about the right to steal money earned by others to pay for ones own needs. Outside of the pure immorality of it, this concerns me most because it marks the death of capitalism, which cannot function without the profit motive as a carrot and the suffering of those who do not work hard as a stick.
It occurs to me, though, that capitalism is being killed by far more than ultra leftist ideology. Traditional labor unions have priced the American worker out of the international market, leading American employers to look overseas for their labor. Outsourcing is a pure function of capitalism at work, and the American workers and their unions bitterly oppose it.
It’s not just leftists, unions and workers. Consider hearty conservative capitalists who go all weak kneed at the mention of NAFTA. The other day Obama blasted Clinton for supporting NAFTA and was roundly cheered by a working class Ohio audience. My own father, as committed a conservative fre market type as you would ever want, throws all his capitalist ideals out the window when he talks about protecting American jobs from the cheaper competition from overseas.
We still give lip service to capitalism and the free market, but liberal and conservative; upper class, working class and lower class; red state and blue state, we no longer seem to believe it. What do Bookworm’s readers think? Have you given up on capitalism? Can you make a case against outsourcing or NAFTA without violating fundamental free market principles? Does anyone in America actually believe in capitalism anymore?