One of the glaring failures of capitalism is the continuing widespread existence of poverty - often extreme poverty. Even in the advanced economies, many millions of people endure terrible economic and social deprivation, despite the incredible wealth all around them.
Growth can also involve producing services instead of goods. In particular, a major expansion of public and caring services (like child care, education, elder care, and other life-affirming programs) would generate huge increases in GDP and incomes, with virtually no impact on the environment.
Like a forensic accountant trying to solve a corporate fraud, following the trail of money around the circle is a good way to understand what actually happens as capitalism unfolds.
Employers crave the power to fire workers whose performance is judged inferior-not just to get rid of those particular workers, but more importantly to motivate and discipline the rest of the workforce.
The problem is not scarcity; the problem is power.
Try this: say the words global, global, global aloud several times, as fast as you can. You'll find yourself sounding like a turkey (gobble, gobble, gobble).
Competition-ruthless, unforgiving, to-the-death competition-is a crucial feature of capitalism.
Capitalism, in contrast, has existed for fewer than 300 years. If the entire history of Homo sapiens was a 24-hour day, then capitalism has existed for two minutes.
The only factor that poses a genuine challenge to the current order is the willingness of human beings to reject the injustice and irrationality of this economy, and stand up for something better. Capitalism will not fall-rather, it must be pushed.
Economics is a social science, not a physical science.
Economic systems come, and economic systems go. No economic system lasts forever. Capitalism is not likely to last forever, either.
Apart from their work and production, households perform other important economic functions. Most CONSUMPTION occurs within the household.. In developed capitalist economies, private consumption spending accounts for half or more of GDP.
Never trust an economist with your job. Learn about economics yourself. And make up your own mind about what might protect your job-and what might destroy it.
Proving that profit is economically and morally justifiable, rather then the result of exploitation, has been a central preoccupation of neoclassical economists.
We know that investment causes growth. But it is also true that growth causes investment.