Capitalism and Slavery

Whether due to indoctrination or education, Americans are often hesitant to question the philosophical, ethical, or economic principles upon which our nation is built.  Karl Marx said that our ideological superstructure (culture, institutions, ideologies) attempts to legitimize and naturalize the how the economic base (the means of production, i.e. the working class and the capitalists who own the means of production) functions.  In other words, our nation’s philosophical ideology, a plutocratic capitalist ideology, reinforces the concept that capitalism and wage labor is the most natural economic relationship.  You can get into all sorts of examples of this.  Ayn Rand would never have existed in a socialist society.  There would be no “morality of selfishness” without a capitalist, individualistic society.

Noam Chomsky is always good at taking a step back.

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