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Questions tagged [capitalism]

Question related to an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

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Reasons given by free market advocates against a carbon tax?

I see people who like free markets have two main reasons why: one due to the efficiency, the other due to the freedom, or a combination of both. For the people who value efficiency, why not support a ...
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How does Capitalism facilitate happiness? [closed]

I would like to preface this with the disclaimer that I am fresh to Stack Exchange, so any pointers on what may have been a better Stack for my question, or simply how to better frame it, are greatly ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

In developed countries, rail transport is usually provided at financial loss, and needs to be subsidised by governments. In countries who have refused to do so (mostly on the American continent), ...
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The state's answer to the automation of job [duplicate]

Now we've learned the capitalist's answer to automation, what could be a democratic state's answer to it? automation means, same or more work can be done in less time state is faced with more ...
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Is India moving towards capitalism? [closed]

These days we see the current government of India (led by the National Democratic Alliance) favoring and profiting Indian and foreign capitalists. Is India moving again towards the direction of ...
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Should private citizens be legally allowed to sell their citizenship to a prospective buyer? [closed]

Some states give dividend to citizenships; there are movements for that. Some, like Vanuatu, allow people to buy citizenship; there are movements for that too. For background, there are a number of ...
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Why do few/no countries claim capitalism as their ideology?

Think about it: capitalism has brought so much prosperity to so many people. Yet no country claims our national ideology is capitalism - none that I know of. Americans can proudly claim they are ...
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Max Weber and Confucianism

Did Max Weber discuss possible pragmatic economic advantages of Confucianism (or broadly speaking Asian values) at some point? Max Weber famously authored The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of ...
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Are capitalism and communism equivalent in attributable mass murders? [closed]

When the topic of communism comes up in the US, most automatically dismiss it due to the tens or hundreds of millions who died at the hands of communist regimes. As a counterpoint, some say that the ...
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Are there any measures to limit inheritance in capitalistic countries?

I'm not asking here whether this should be done or not and not going to argue here that it's fair/unfair. Currently in most (if not all) market economy countries people are allowed to inherit ...
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Under Chicago School economics, will monopolies naturally go away? [closed]

I have two questions regarding monopolies in a capitalistic society: According to Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell, among other Chicago School economists, under purely market forces monopolies will ...
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Is it possible to be a socialist and a capitalist?

I don't know how to label my economic belief system, and it's frustrating when getting into discussions with other people. I believe in Capital. I believe that people have a right to earn more than ...
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Does socialism require capitalism, or can it be a standalone ideology?

In short: Within the fundamental model of societal growth, does socialism only follow after capitalism, or is socialism philosophically capable of standing alone as a principle ideology during the ...
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Who formulated the theory that states actively promoted capitalism?

The mainstream view of capitalism is that it is a "natural" system that emerges almost automatically, as long as the government doesn't intervene and merely fights criminals and so forth. But I ...
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Is there an equivalent of the horseshoe theory for economic systems stating that monopolized capitalism = communism?

The horseshoe theory states that societies organised by the extreme right and the extreme left would look alike. It is also applied to various other opposed groups (religious, nationalists, ...). Is ...
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Are there countries with true open-market railways?

Over here Ben Southwood makes a case against nationalizing the British train lines: [..] Returning it to centralised state control would be a step backwards and a mistake. Instead we ...
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What is the capitalist answer to automation?

While we are not currently at total automation, we are inching closer. An Oxford Study from 2013 indicates by 2033 upwards of 45% of our job force could be automated. This automation, causing a ...
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Do Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch or others) in US own their means of production?

For Amish community members in USA, are their means of production (land, tools, possibly cattle) owned by individual community members/families; or by the whole community? By "owned", I mean "...
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Would a communist society work? [closed]

I'm pretty sure it would not work immediately after transforming from our current state, but surely over time we should see change, right? Are there any examples of when it has/hasn't worked?
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Why there is so much neglect and even the hate of socialism/communism as the postcapitalism? [closed]

Marxism teaches that the development of technology leads to the new forms of social and economic orders. There have been already primitive communism, slavery, feudalism and now the capitalism is the ...
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Are there any countries with laws that require maximizing profits?

It is a common trope I see claimed quite often similar to: Individuals and interest groups are governed by laws that demand maximum profit where possible. These laws are inherent in the monetary ...
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Market based solutions to social problems [closed]

Thinking that the government should support organisations or have schemes that go against 'market forces' - ie. financed through taxation - is socialist, and is the first step on the road to tyranny ...
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Is USA socialized? [closed]

I am having a disagreement with someone one the exact definition of socialism and whether or not USA is one. . Ignoring any aspect of the constitution. Is USA socialized by definition? What is the ...
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Are there analysis of capitalist development as a dialectical process (i.e. not dialectical materialism)?

It is customary to point that one does not escape Hegel’s dialectic easily: opposition (or trying to negate) dialectic would still amount to be playing its game, since negation is a necessary step to ...
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Why hasn't North Korea adopted a market economy?

Both China and Vietnam, communist countries in the same region as North Korea, allowed a market economy after a while. By contrast, my understanding is that North Korea has dabbled in a market economy ...
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What reasons does Argentina have to participate in US court proceedings against it in the debt crisis?

Argentina defaulted and restructured its sovereign debt in 2005 and again in 2010. Roughly 93% of bondholders accepted repayments of around 30% of the face value of the bonds. Some of the hold-outs ...
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Why does “meritocracy” / “capitalism” co-exist with “democracy”?

The current state of the world is such that the "communist" attitude is frowned upon, whereas alternatives like "capitalism" and "meritocracy" are preferred. For example when we hitch a flight on an ...
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Cronyism In Economy

What are the differences between crony capitalism and crony socialism ? These terms have been in the news very frequently.
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Ethics in economy

My country (India) is a mixed economy but is gradually shifting towards capitalism. Can someone please throw some light on the part that ethics play in a market driven economy and suggest some ...
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Has anyone called for the elimination of limited liability?

One of the justifications that liberals make for the regulation and taxation of corporations is that corporations are by their very nature government-subsidized enterprises, because the government ...
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Do/did non-dictatorial Capitalist societies exist?

This question is sparked by another one about Communism. Was there any Capitalist society (that is having market economy) where all power (including power over means of production) belonged to ...
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Do scholars still use Mussolini's taxonomy of the history of capitalism?

Benito Mussolini divided the history of capitalism from 1830 to at least 1933 into "heroic capitalism" (1830-1870), "static capitalism" (1870-1914) and "supercapitalism" (1914-?). Are this division, ...