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by Hannah Leitheiser

True Capitalist

The Condition of the Working Class in England

Friedrich Engels

1845

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2018-08-12

Marx and Engles looked around, saw suffering, and said, "This is what capitalism does!"

Truth depends on correlation being causation, and whether England of the 1840's typified capitalism. Specifying the true capitalist is akin to identifying the true followers of Islam or Christianity.

Does a true capitalist say, "Someone without property whose labor is not marketable ought starve, inoffensively and away from anyone's land. Good riddance to the surplus!"? Does capitalism justify labor forming unions, or is collective action the prerogative of owners only?

Unfortunately, I don't know the capitalism authority who can answer these questions. I see some Ayn Rand strewn websites like capitalism.org, but I don't know whether those ideas hold, so I suppose I'm limited to reasoning about smaller, definable pieces.