the very fact that people sacrificed their lives to fight for basic labor safety standards should give people an idea of what capitalism, in its ‘purest’ form, actually entails. furthermore, people didn’t fight for these things because they’re evil statists trying to create an oppressive state, they just wanted to survive. they didn’t want their children working. they didn’t want to be paid pennies a day. they didn’t want to work in factories where people died regularly. that reality hasn’t gone away, either. capitalists in the imperial core have taken on a modern form of colonialism, economic imperialism/neocolonialism, to keep workers in countries already robbed from colonizers poor and desperate. none of that is necessary. it is ridiculous that child labor and sweatshops exist in the 21st century. that they exist right now, in 2019, when the top few billionaires combined earned half a trillion dollars in a single year, 2017. of course, even with a state that has some regulations preventing horrific business practices shoved overseas, capitalism’s prioritization of profit is what governs. there are politicians with differing ideas, but those ideas can only be put to work when still upholding the capitalist system. we’ve been told wealthy businessmen and wealthy politicians are separate opposed classes, but in reality, they’re allies and have been since the dawn of capitalism and its historical development. they’ll fight on regulations that give their employees a better life, sure, but at the end of the day governing under capitalism is a cost-benefit analysis: will this regulation save more money in the long run, or will it have a much higher cost not worth it? our government is running on the same logic ford did when it cut corners developing and releasing the ford pinto, which ended up killing people and having to be recalled. henry ford II actually lobbied hard against safety regulations. so, what do we see? a cycle of watered-down regulation and deregulation. “are you disabled, can’t work, and ended up homeless? sorry, those benefits you needed had to be cut, you were a waste of money to glorious job creators”. this is why the history of capitalism is shoved aside while the history of communism is never not a hot topic used to excuse profit-motivated interventionism. capitalism looks best when it’s portrayed as something that exists in a vacuum.
anyway who wants to call michael bloomberg and tell him to fuck off?
finally a good addition to my post