whateveryo saidWhile communism is not perfect by any means, it's a hell of a lot better than capitalism.
We are all seriously fucked unless we find a new system soon because what we have right now is dangerous and is responsible for about 90 % of the evils in the world.
I've never understood why everything we do has to be motivated by some form of 'profit'.
It's deeply unnatural to me.
Seriously? Off the top of my head, capitalism is at least in large part responsible for massive increases in life expectancies, reducing the cost of living, and the primary driver of useful technology. Then there's Cuba. You would have rather we live in the same conditions as Cubans? (http://www.babalublog.com/archives/001470.html)
Even China chose to adopt substantial market reforms to be more capitalistic in one of the most wholesale improvements to standard of living in our time. The beauty of markets is that you can either be motivated by profit or what drives profit which is society driven.
It's also responsible for a health care system, like in the U.S, where statistically the richer you are, the longer your life expectancy is etc.
Technological advances in science and healthcare are great, but not in a world where a pharmaceutical company can theoretically put a patent on a drug that can cure cancer/aids and charge people to high heaven for it. Thereby cutting out the majority of peoples who need it most.
Capitalism is also responsible for our manic consumption of fossil fuels which is going to become a really big issue in the next 100 years or less when we have run out. These companies are not kept in check because of supposed 'free market' sensibilities and the persuit of short term profits, no matter what the cost.
Now how earth is that a good thing ?
Patents are designed to be an incentive to create new drugs and advances. Would it be better if these advances did not happen at all or at a slower pace? Patents expire. It's not inconceivable to think that the pressures a market driven system creates, results in innovations faster - and given innovations compound on each other, more than worth the 17 years.
As for healthcare in general, you must not be familiar of how the US system is NOT a good example of markets given its dependence on third party payors and NOT consumer driven even if there is more flexibility for providers than other systems. Is a better system the NHS or the Canadian healthcare system that has been deemed unsustainable by the Canadian Medical Association?
As for our manic consumption of fossil fuels, have you missed the massive investments as a result of markets into sustainable energy/green energy - driven in part by government incentives, but made in the first place because of a belief that it can be economically sustainable? Even if you use environmental degradation as the primary driver in determining how disastrous capitalism has been, how can you so easily dismiss the differences in East vs West Germany, North vs South Korea, the USSR versus Western Europe? In each of these cases, their environments were almost universally better where they were market driven because of the simple fact that even clean air and water as a commodity has value.
Even environmentalists are starting to recognize that degredation comes at the lack of markets - not because of them: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/04/10/the_100_million_pond/?page=full