“…the “capitalist” system has a purpose that isn’t to promote democracy or equality or prosperity, but specifically to prevent authoritarianism. Inequality is the consequence, which we must try to adjust as it arises. Criminals, corruption, thugs, bosses, cronyism, tribalism/nationalism– these are the natural states of human beings. So are, unfortunately, murderers, rapists, arsonists, cannibals. Contrary to the Wired Creed, I see no evidence we have “evolved,” we’ve just made one of those two choices harder and less rewarding. What the system prevents is physical domination of A over B (though it allows for psychological domination through branding.) You’re going to have to pick which of those two worlds you want to live in over the next 25 years. I wish there were other choices.- The Last Psychiatrist
Bonus quote from the same post:
“…ideology, which is ultimately societal narcissism. And when that narcissism is threatened the response is rage, which for a society is revolution.”
I think it’s funny that the Occupiers complaining about inequality want to replace free market capitalism with socialism.