The Myth of Capitalism 5

The Myth of Capitalism 5

Yesterday we showed that the rights of workers are always superior to the rights of capitalists.

Today we will see that private enterprise, a fetish of Capitalism, is not necessarily more helpful to living a decent life than public services.

Private goods not necessarily better than public goods

Many capitalists and would-be capitalists, powerfully influenced by the Myths, claim that private enterprise is always superior to public services. There is absolutely no evidence to back this up. The only thing that allows this canard to survive is the inevitable failures of service that occur in all human enterprises.

Private enterprise supporters believe that competitive forces compel companies to do better than public services. This notion is beholden to the Myth of Competition, which, as we have already seen, is almost entirely false. It only works occasionally, and only when the business environment is such that competition does not interfere with the delivery of the goods or services. How many of us have bemoaned the fact that no company offers a really good cable service? Or that you can’t find a good hair stylist? Or that really excellent products and services go out of production? If competition is the secret of success, why do these things happen? And on the other hand, why do cooperatives succeed at all? And why do non-competitive non-profits succeed at all?

If competition is the main driver of private enterprise, then, as we saw when we considered the Myth of Competition, private enterprise is actually a low-level and derivative activity, one that depends on others for any advances it makes. The real engine of private enterprise is not competition. It is creativity. Therefore, a creative public enterprise with an intention to invent new, useful, life-enhancing products and services will always be superior to a competitive private enterprise that exists merely to get ahead of its competitors.

Private enterprise has no inherent superiority over public enterprise.

Tomorrow we will see why Capitalism needs to be governed by some more responsible power.

Until tomorrow, then.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jason D. Ouellette wrote:
Nearly a year ago I posted this article titled "The Right To A Job" on the DailyKos. I plan to update and elaborate on it because I know that it is of utmost importance. Also you might notice that I also use the term "The Myth Of Capitalism" Hope to hear from you and read more from you.

2 January 2013 @ 7:04 AM

2. Andres wrote:
Lol. I LITERALLY was wondering and asinkg my friend this the other day. Probably depends on the exact shades? But maybe that's true of a lot of colours. Anyhoo, gorgeous coat and even GORGEOUS-ER (yes I realise it's not a word), bag. And the shoes! x

19 November 2013 @ 9:53 AM

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