That being said, fiction influenced my politics more than anything. Nothing makes on become a Democrat quicker than the heart shaking depictions of the poverty that unbridled capitalism leads to.
The poverty that capitalism made visible and then overcame in mere decades.
You know why all the poor people fled to the cities with their factories, right?
Because they knew they would find a better live there - and they did.
That’s all well and good - if materialism is the be all and end all of our existence.
That is such a noble sentiment.
And without capitalism you would be digging for worms with your fingernails.
How does it feel to be beyond “materialism”, when one is washed, fed and and sufficiently sheltered?
And would you advise the 80% of humanity that are not, to take a more “enlightened” approach?
Agreed, it was a flippant remark. It is very easy to question materialism from a position of great material wealth.
I do have a fundamental problem with libertarians who worship at the altar of capitalism, however.
We worship at the altar of freedom.
Capitalism is just the expression of freedom and the refusal to initiate violence.
Indeed! The refusal to initiate violence is the only way to bring about peace. There can be no freedom without peace and there can be no capital accumulation without freedom. Capitalism cannot exist in a world of violence, destruction, and slavery. It requires peace and freedom first and foremost.