You know, we're pretty oriented to free market principles around here and we often celebrate our constitutionally protected rights to pursue happiness. We've regularly talked about the goodness of profit motive. We've veered into the spiritual arguments against materialism and we have been consistently adamant that capitalism must never be confused with greed or materialism. But that puts us in a quandary of sorts for we certainly cannot claim that capitalists are incapable of greed.
Sometimes they are.
Nations (like China, for instance) which practice a particularly unusual hybrid of capitalism and tyranny are a prime example of this. This is not to trivialize the instances of pesticides in the cat food and lead paint on the toy cars if we fail to point them out as the best examples of Chinese greed. Chinese greed? Well, no. They would say that these are examples of American greed – that American corporations, in their insane lust for profit and wealth, drove the Chinese factories to use low grade materials that were harmful to the health of children and pets thereby exposing those all-powerful American corporations to massive and crippling lawsuits. It's not China's fault. They are the victims here. So the examples of poisoned cat food and dime store chachkies simple won't suffice for this discussion on the contamination of capitalism because the source of greed is hard to pinpoint.