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capitalism
used in Sophie's World

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Definition
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
  • Many people still live under inhuman conditions while they continue to produce commodities that make capitalists richer and richer.
    28 — Marx (77% in)
capitalists = people who believe in an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment

or:

people who are wealthy and clearly benefit from an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses
  • Scrooge was the miserly capitalist in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
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  • But in Marx's own time, in what he called a bourgeois or capitalist society, the conflict was first and foremost between the capitalists and the workers, or the proletariat.
    28 — Marx (62% in)
  • But in Marx's own time, in what he called a bourgeois or capitalist society, the conflict was first and foremost between the capitalists and the workers, or the proletariat.
    28 — Marx (62% in)
  • Marx was especially interested in the transition from a capitalist to a communist society.
    28 — Marx (63% in)
  • He also carried out a detailed analysis of the capitalist mode of production.
    28 — Marx (64% in)
  • But this is precisely where Marx aimed his criticism of the capitalist method of production.
    28 — Marx (67% in)
  • Under the capitalist system, the worker labors for someone else.
    28 — Marx (68% in)
  • In a capitalist society, labor is organized in such a way that the worker in fact slaves for another social class.
    28 — Marx (70% in)
  • In other words, the capitalist pockets a value that was actually created by the worker.
    28 — Marx (78% in)
  • So now the capitalist invests some of his profit in new capital—for instance, in modernizing the production plant in the hope of producing his commodity even more cheaply, and thereby increasing his profit in the future.
    28 — Marx (79% in)
  • But both in this and in other areas, in the long term it will not go the way the capitalist has imagined.
    28 — Marx (80% in)
  • Marx believed there were a number of inherent contradictions in the capitalist method of production.
    28 — Marx (80% in)
  • Capitalism is an economic system which is self-destructive because it lacks rational control.
    28 — Marx (80% in)
  • Yes; it is inherent in the capitalist system that it is marching toward its own destruction.
    28 — Marx (81% in)
  • In that sense, capitalism is 'progressive' because it is a stage on the way to communism.
    28 — Marx (81% in)
  • Can you give an example of capitalism being self-destructive?
    28 — Marx (81% in)
  • We said that the capitalist had a good surplus of money, and he uses part of this surplus to modernize the factory.
    28 — Marx (81% in)
  • There are therefore increasing social problems, and crises such as these are a signal that capitalism is marching toward its own destruction.
    28 — Marx (84% in)
  • But capitalism has a number of other self-destructive elements.
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  • , .... what does the capitalist do then?
    28 — Marx (85% in)
  • But if all capitalists were as smart as you—and they are—the workers would be so poor that they couldn't afford to buy goods any more.
    28 — Marx (86% in)
  • The knell has sounded for capitalist private property, Marx would say.
    28 — Marx (87% in)
  • Moreover, labor now belongs to the workers themselves and capitalism's alienation ceases.
    28 — Marx (89% in)
  • Today, economists can establish that Marx was mistaken on a number of vital issues, not least his analysis of the crises of capitalism.
    28 — Marx (90% in)
  • You said that Marx thought capitalism was an unjust form of society.
    28 — Marx (96% in)

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