I haven’t written much for the blog this week, as the time I’d normally spend writing has been spent on preparing an RE lesson instead. My topic was ‘capitalism is evil’, and I was invited to be as provocative as I liked. That was this morning, and if you’re visiting from St George’s, welcome.
Is capitalism evil? That’s a strong statement, and I guess it depends on your definition of evil. It’s certainly a mixed blessing. It also depends on what you’re asking capitalism to do. If you want to make money, it’s great for that. If you want to create a fair society, end poverty, and do it all without destabilising the environment, capitalism can’t do that on its own. You’ll need to pull in some theories and policies from elsewhere to help out.
I’m not going to say any more right now, but here’s my presentation from this morning if you want a reminder of what we looked at.
Here’s the video I showed, and there are some links below.
The organisation behind the hamster video is the New Economics Foundation, who have lots of interesting ideas for creating a fairer society. For more on capitalism, try the Michael Moore movie Capitalism: A Love Story. The Corporation is another useful documentary for explaining how shareholder corporations could be reformed.