” No wonder capitalism is winning. Socialism wants to make more people less miserable , while capitalism wants to make more people happy. “.. Kazuaki Ohashi ( CEO of a web design company and an English language school , Philosopher ).
For about five seconds after I read this quote , I thought it made sense . Then I thought about it a little more and realized that it didn’t; it was just glib .
The first part of the quote I can understand , though I think it has been phrased for greatest effect , to make socialism sound bad . It is the second part of the quote that I take issue with. Capitalism doesn’t care about making people happy ; it is only concerned with getting the best return on investment. Remember Gordon Gecko in the movie ” Wall Street” ; remember ” Greed is good “. Gecko is a fictional character but his words are memorable because , for many of us , they represent the mantra of capitalists everywhere. I don’t need to give any examples because there are so many of them all around us .
Unlike Mr. Ohashi , I am no philosopher but this is what I think :
Capital and Labor will always be at loggerheads because their interests are opposed and because they are both out to get the most they can for themselves. At any period in history , one side or the other is on top . When labor is on top , we have socialism ; when it is not, we have capitalism . Neither capitalism nor socialism is bad. They serve to balance each other and society is best off when both are equally poised. Unfortunately , such harmony is hardly ever achieved. Right now ,in the US, capitalism is in the driver’s seat thanks to the tax policies Ronald Reagan and to George W. Bush. The thing about pendulums, though, is that they always swing back to the center. I hope it is soon.