Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?
Guille “The Thinker”, 01-21-2006, 12:10 PM:
“If there is something that is clear is that a very high percentage of the intellectuals now and before oppose capitalism. In fact, intellectuals have fame of being agianst the order, the power, any time in history. It is very hard to determine why this is. Although one can think of several reasons, these never show a total explanation.There is a paper written by Robert Nozick that has the same title as this thread. It was comming along his article that has taken me to start this thread. Here I give the link to it: http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/cpr-20n1-1.html. Note though, that the article is only an extract of the whole essay. I searched for the whole essay but it is not on the net, although it has been published.Why do you think that intellectuals oppose capitalism? Or, in general, they oppose the power? Do you agree with what Nozick says?
I really think it is an amussing subject and that it gives a lot to think about. I oppose capitalism myself, but I have my reasons…”
Extract from Robert Nozick:
“A capitalist society is peculiar in that it seems to announce that it is open and responsive only to talent, individual initiative, personal merit. Growing up in an inherited caste or feudal society creates no expectation that reward will or should be in accordance with personal value. Despite the created expectation, a capitalist society rewards people only insofar as they serve the market-expressed desires of others; it rewards in accordance with economic contribution, not in accordance with personal value.”