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December 5, 2009

Capitalism is Ammoral

No, not immoral. Capitalism, like money, like a hammer or a car, is ammoral. It has no morality, neither good, nor bad.  It’s a tool, nothing more.  And like any tool, it can be used for good, or not so much good.

Human beings are by nature driven primarily by self-interest.  Even greed.  That’s a fact of life.  An immutable rule.  If this were not the case, our holy scriptures and religious texts would not preoccupy themselves so much with condemning greed, and teaching selflessness.  We struggle to overcome greed and self-interest, but it will always be part of our genetic code.

And although capitalism has no morality, it works.  And it works precisely because it harnesses our inherent self-interest and greed, and produces a benefit out of it.  A great benefit.  As in ‘prosperity the likes of which has never been seen in human history’ benefit.  And that is certainly true in the case of our healthcare system.

I have been reluctant to insert myself into this debate because I see the pros and cons to both arguments, and I’m too ignorant on the specifics.  I always tilt towards capitalism and away from statism, but I am also concerned about the uninsured.  Yet Jon Stossel is just too good to ignore here.  He’s always amazing.

Now, as good judeo-christians, we are ever mindful of those who go without.  And we do want to help cover those currently without healthcare.  But is the DESTRUCTION of our current healthcare system the way to do it?  Or does it call for REFORM.  There is a difference.

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