From the Socialist Workers Party Paper The Militant Vol.76/no.19 May 14th 2012
Don’t let liberal 99% rhetoric fool you, Capitalists are more than their income!
A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation.
“It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it’s more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody’s blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely .” ~ Malcolm X
Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes.
The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are, never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community.
Henry Hazlitt (via littlerrepublican)
Uh, no, it’s more along the lines of “no one achieve fulfillment because the capitalist system inevitably divides people by turning them into oppressors or the oppressed, and the oppressors game the system so that it is very difficult for the oppressed to become oppressors or understand the system well enough to want or be able to fight it, and so his solution is to create a system where everyone contributes a little time and labor towards meeting everyone’s basic needs so that we as individuals have the resources and the time to pursue what we find truly fulfilling.” Not, you know, hate rich people.
I can’t even with that “success may be due to his own efforts” bullshit. If you don’t think that straight white middle- to upper-class men (the demographic which makes up the vast majority of what Americans call “successful” people) have an unfair advantage in almost every possible social and economic situation imaginable you have not been paying attention. That’s not to say that they don’t work hard, but that’s saying that people from different demographics who work just as hard do not see the same payoff - by a VERY LONG SHOT - that straight white men do. But that’s beside the point.
You (OP) may or may not agree with Marx’s solution but his criticisms of the flaws of capitalism are pretty spot on. Which you’d know if you’d actually read any in-depth studies of Marx (or, you know, anything written by Marx himself), which I am willing to bet good money you haven’t bothered to do.