Jun 2, 2009

The Social Characteristics of Capitalism and the Psychological Causes of Its Vilification

Nonetheless, many people, and especially intellectuals, passionately loathe capitalism. As they see it, this ghastly mode of society’s economic organization has brought about nothing but mischief and misery. Men were once happy and prosperous in the good old days preceding the Industrial Revolution. Now under capitalism the immense majority are starving paupers ruthlessly exploited by rugged individualists. For these scoundrels nothing counts but their moneyed interests. They do not produce good and really useful things, but only what will yield the highest profits. They poison bodies with alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and souls and minds with tabloids, lascivious books and silly moving pictures. The “ideological superstructure” of capitalism is a literature of decay and degradation, the burlesque show and the art of striptease, the Hollywood pictures and the detective stories.

The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality



ChickenHammer said...

Capitalism vilified... I like that. I don't think I've seen it written as succinctly as your blog entry has.

Excellent post!

Trenton Ulysses Rock said...

I thought it was interesting this was written in 1956...I hear they same thing today from the haters....