ebuilder wrote: ↑
Sep 05 2022 1:38pm
Capitalism. Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged Greed is good...or, greed is instinctively who/what man is. Why? To survive. Better than survive? To flourish and prosper. Call it a safety margin. Abundance. To the point we may even share with those less fortunate.
Ayn Rand famously divided the world into builders and takers - people who lived off the public tit.
Of course, when she needed social security and medicare, programs she regularly attacked, she took them.
There's a lesson there.
Darwin was right. Capitalism. Animals eat one another in the jungle. Within a pack of Wolves there is a dominant Wolf, the alpha.
You are confusing many separate things here.
Capitalism works well as a way to allocate and value consumer goods. It is a terrible way to run a society, which is why we don't use it for things better taken care of by socialism - like, say, the military, police, EMS, roads, the CDC, veterans hospitals etc etc.
"Animals eat one another in the jungle" - and some eat plants. Both work just fine.
The whole "alpha wolf" thing is a myth. And humans are not wolves, and we evolved to live in a different sort of society. These evolutionary drives work well to allow us to live in groups of 10-1000. Beyond that the very same social instincts that help us live together in a small society work against us in larger societies. If you want more info on this I can recommend "Moral Tribes" by Joshua Greene.
https://sciencenorway.no/ulv/wolf-packs ... ng/1850514
Survival of the fittest. Capitalism is an analog for 'human nature'.
Before the Civil War in the US, it was an excellent analog. People were literally bought and sold.
It no longer is a good analog.
People aren't equal and why socialism doesn't create Apple or Microsoft or Tesla.
Socialism got us to the Moon.
Socialism got us nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
Socialism gave the US the military and industrial power to win World War II.
And that has nothing to do with "people aren't equal."
Socialism doesn't promote exceptionalism.
Neil Armstrong might disagree.
Shaq can't figure out relativity like Einstein could. Einstein was short and couldn't dunk a basketball. Human's don't naturally share.
They actually do - naturally. Again I can recommend Joshua Greene's book for an examination of where those drives come from and the neurophysiology that supports it.