What’s wrong with libertarianism
Apparently someone’s curse worked: we live in interesting times, and among other consequences, for no good reason we have a surplus of libertarians. There are libertarians and libertarians, and sometimes different camps despise each other- or don’t seem to be aware of each other. If I point out examples of nations partially following libertarian views- we’ll get to this below- I’m told that they don’t count: only Pure Real Libertarianism Of My Own Camp can be tested. The libertarian philosopher always starts with property rights. The libertarian voter is chiefly exercised over taxes, regulation, and social programs; the libertarian wing of the Republican party has, for forty years, gone along with the war on drugs, corporate welfare, establishment of dictatorships abroad, and an alliance with theocrats.
Christian libertarians like Ron Paul want God in the public schools and are happy to have the government forbid abortion and gay marriage. Thanks to the libertarian business climate, companies are happily moving jobs abroad, lowering wages, worsening working conditions. Libertarian dogma can’t be buttressed by libertarian doctrine- that’s begging the question. Most libertarians theoretically accept government for defense and law enforcement. It’s no excuse to claim that libertarians didn’t want the government to increase spending, as Bush has done.
The libertarians reminds me of G.K. Chesterton’s description of people who are so eager to attack a hated ideology that they will destroy their own furniture to make sticks to beat it with. Some people may be attracted by parts of the libertarian program without buying into its underlying morality.
Conscious Capitalism Drives Winning Businesses Today
Some are so focused on this principle that they forget that every business, even nonprofits, have to practice the basic principles of capitalism to cover their costs to do good things another day. You can find dozens more on the Conscious Capitalism web site. Conscious capitalism is the rational alternative approach, dedicated to advancing humanity, while using tried and proven business principles. Recognizing the interdependent nature of life and the human foundations and business, a business needs to create value with and for its various stakeholders. Like the life forms in an ecosystem, healthy stakeholders lead to a healthy business system.
Conscious leaders understand and embrace the higher purpose of business and focus on creating value for and harmonizing the human interests of the business stakeholders. This is the ethos – the values, principles, practices – underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeates the atmosphere of a business and connects the stakeholders to each other and to the purpose, people and processes that comprise the company. They want their business potential to support the overall human potential as well. None of these positives obviate the need for a viable business model, in order to survive. I would expect that to seem intuitive to all entrepreneurs, but every investor I know has many stories about startup funding requests with no clear business model.
Entrepreneurs and startups are all about innovation, in business principles as well as in products and services. I see conscious capitalism as a great innovation to the foundations of capitalism, bringing compassion and collaboration to the heart of value creation.
People Are Less Selfish Under Capitalism Especially Compared to Socialism
My student described how exasperated she felt hearing the claim that capitalism leads to a survival of the fittest mentality. Among broad segments of society, the belief that capitalism teaches us to be so self-interested that we become uncaring about the welfare of others seems to be accepted as truth. Relative to any reasonable frame of reference, modern human societies are generous, peaceful, compassionate, and continually improving. We can only be considered selfish and violent in comparison to a utopian society in which no violence or cruelty takes place-a somewhat unfair comparison considering that there is no evidence of such a society as ever existed. Utopias may be imagined to be more altruistic than capitalist societies, but capitalist societies are more generous than real-world collectivist societies.
Contrary to collectivism, capitalism widens our circle of compassion to include strangers. The evolution of capitalism has been in the direction of more trust and transparency, and less self-serving behavior; not coincidentally, this evolution has brought with it greater productivity and economic growth. Trust had been the product only of a personal relationship-I trust this guy because I know him-rather than a more general assumption upon which you could do business. The real triumph of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries was that trust was woven into the basic fabric of everyday business. The rise in altruism that Marsh observes has occurred concurrently with the rise of capitalism.
To do business, we learn to trust strangers and to be trustworthy to strangers. The more capitalism, the more compassion and altruism towards strangers.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that ultimately culminated in J. Edgar Hoover having a letter sent to King to push King to commit suicide. The reason is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
opposed capitalism and the American empire. In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, retribution of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making. Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream. King’s anti-capitalist views cannot really be bifurcated from his struggle for racial justice as they come from the same spiritual conception of the world.
King also backed a universal basic income, believing it was a better solution to fighting poverty than the programs put forward by President Lyndon Johnson’s War On Poverty. Another fact left out of mainstream narratives about MLK is his fundamental opposition to U.S. imperialism. Though he knew he would make many enemies-black and white-by doing so, King gave a scorching speech against the Vietnam War in 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City. King condemned the war as robbing anti-poverty programs and victimizing the poor Americans who were having to fight and die in the war.
His most salient critique was the war’s fundamental opposition to his goals of nonviolence.