So many people, including 'We are Change' and 'Occupy' movements, are quick and somewhat good at diagnosing the problem; unfortunately, so few take the time to learn the causes of the disease in our societal systems -
Without understanding the causes of the disease, they fall prey to the same propaganda-messages-lies the that the 'Elite' hand out to the masses, giving them the term 'capitalism' as an easy target to blame for all the ills in our society -
Too many people, still, do not see how it is exactly those in power who are the ones to benefit from socialism, from the welfare state, from ever more gvmt-regulations, from 'regulating' wall street (with laws written to protect their monopolies),
from the 'progressive' policies, from leftist equalitarianism, from collectivism... all of which serve to enslave the masses even more under never-ending rules, restrictions, laws, loss of ever more little-by-little stealthily taking of personal choices and freedoms, little-by-little inflationary wealth-confiscation from the people channeled into the coffers of the 1%, ... -
And in all this, the masses are kept utterly ignorant of the truth that the terms capitalism and free market
1 - have absolutely nothing to do with the current system
2 - true and proper free market and capitalism would be the most speedy and pretty much guaranteed cure for the disease
The current system (for a good 100 years, at least) has been and is * Not Capitalism ! *
It is corruption, political cronyism, Fascist (the state rules and regulates how private business is to be done), Socialist (taking from those who produce services and products and giving it to those who don't, including to them-there-self-serving politicians and bureaucrats themselves), Oligarchy (a few wealthy rule the political class for maintenance of their own existence), ...
To think that the current system could have anything to do with 'free market' is an utter fallacy, as easily made clear simply by the single fact that gvmt-in-bed-with-Central-Banks/FED, has the monopoly on currency creation, interest rates, wages, telling people what is 'legal tender' ... this alone means that every single exchange between humans in our society is regulated in some form or other by the state - most such exchanges and transactions even require us to pay a tribute/tax/fee/fine/permit/license/customs-fee/duty/... to the state -
Once one realizes this, it ought be clear that calling our society or economy a 'free market/capitalism' is plain and simple utter nonsense -
Of course, there are areas and aspects of society and economy in which this state-interference varies in degree...
Buying balloons at the local store for the birthday party is more free than, say setting up a business to compete in the oil-drilling market...
Interestingly, however, history, as well as current experience shows, that wherever this state-influence-and-control is lesser, there is equivalently more prosperity, more inventiveness and creativity, innovation, costs are not inflationary but generally decrease over time, saving is encouraged and rewarded, resources are more efficiently utilized, the consumer has much more influence in shaping the services and products provided, there is more wealth overall for more people, and poverty is reduced...http://mises.org/library/how-market-creates-jobs-and-how-government-destroys-them-full-editionhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/alejandrochafuen/2014/08/20/ludwig-von-mises-inspiring-think-tanks-across-the-globe/
this is fine talk on the
Cultural consequences of Fiat moneyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAN5CKbZnD0