Saying Capitalism is “Irredeemable” is Dangerous

3 | By Shah Gilani

Last week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, freshman New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, for short) pronounced capitalism as being “irredeemable.”

That’s nonsense and, frankly, dangerous talk.

Here’s why capitalism is not irredeemable and what’s dangerous about what AOC is saying…


At SXSW, AOC said, “Capitalism is an ideology of capital – the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit.” She then added that because this endless quest to improve the bottom line often comes at the expense of people and the environment, “capitalism is irredeemable.”

While capitalism can be called an ideology of capital, at its core, it is not driven by the concentration of capital. It is driven by the allocation of capital across an economy.

Capital is employed by as many individuals who need – and hopefully can access – it to try and create businesses that benefit and serve customers’ needs, and benefits the owners and workers of the businesses who do what they do.

Businesses, while seeking to maximize profits and trying to improve their bottom line, don’t do what they do at the expense of people and the environment.

However, does happen. When it happens, it makes a difference whether it’s an unfortunate byproduct or as the direct result of bad actors in businesses.

As much as I believe in capitalism, objectively, capitalism is as far from perfect as people are.

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Because people can be greedy, selfish, and worse, and run businesses as well, workers can be and are exploited and disadvantaged. The environment can be polluted on purpose, too.

A theoretically pure capitalist system, where people can be themselves, both at their best and worst, is going to reflect mixed character traits in businesses, companies, the conduct of owners, managers, and labor forces. That’s just the human condition – and that’s true no matter if people are capitalists or socialists.

If AOC was to point to capitalism’s faults in terms of the people who use the system to advance their interest while purposely hurting/disadvantaging others; or who deliberately pollute the environment; or who use the system to amass inordinate power over the government and the rules and regulations meant to contain their lopsided power… Then I’d agree with her.

But, throwing the baby out with the bathwater isn’t the answer.

Socialist Rhetoric is a Real Danger

Capitalism made America the greatest nation the world has ever seen, and maybe will ever see.

American capitalism is not irredeemable, but it could use some tweaking. That doesn’t mean twisting it into socialism.

The whole socialist thing is inherent in too much of AOC’s rhetoric.

That’s dangerous.

AOC is a rising superstar, and what she says matters – because the eyes of the nation are on her.

Calling capitalism irredeemable is an attention-getter, and it folds neatly into her socialist leanings.

But the real danger in AOC’s socialist rhetoric is to herself and her socialist agenda.

Because capitalism is fixable it will be fixed, not by socialists, but by moderates who speak to voters about redeeming American glory through free markets, capital allocation, and American enterprise.

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So, before I wrap this up, I’m going to do just that.

Frankly, our government hasn’t been doing the best job of the latter two, capital allocation and American enterprise. They’ve been paying absolutely obscene amounts of money on rent for government buildings, and left it sitting in a fund. Right now, they have a whopping $11.1 billion sitting in the Federal Buildings Fund.

This wouldn’t be big news, except that they’re still using our money to pay for maintenance, upkeep, and construction costs for their buildings – not just the Fund. Sounds kind of backwards to me, don’t you think?

Like I said, American capitalism is flawed.

You can’t even argue that sticking $11.1 billion in a fund is a good idea, it’s not, even the government seems to know that. That’s why you could benefit from an investment – one that allows you to get a chunk of this change every month, January to December.

It’s like getting paid back for the taxes you’ve paid for federal infrastructure while the government sat on $11.1 billion.

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3 Responses to Saying Capitalism is “Irredeemable” is Dangerous

  1. Paul says:

    Capitalism is about greed and corruption…and general prosperity for all.

    Socialism is about greed, corruption, coercion, control, confiscation and general impoverishment for all.

    I would be glad to discuss it…I escaped communism and I want everyone to understand that socialism is the most dangerous fraud in human economic history.

    Thank you and be well!


    Paul Mladjenovic, CFP
    author of Stock Investing For Dummies

  2. Ken says:

    Our government is an enabler. One of the worst events in our history was the repeal of Glass-Steagal in 1999. It was a major factor in the 2008 recession. This is just one example. The average standard of living has been declining since 1971, when the last step in gold demonetization was accomplished. Noting the politicians are doing now is solving te problem. There are movements to destroy the unions, which were major creators of the world we have been living in. Now the politicians see either socialism or Nazionale Sozialismus, neither of which would cure the problem. At present Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom looks increasingly prophetic. One of the chapters in that book is “How the Worst Always get on top” that is what we are seeing now, People see what is happening, but they do not know what to do about it. Learning real economics has almost become illegal, and most see it as eek-onomics. People should realize that economics is the key to survival, and that they should never rely on others to make those important decisions. We live in a fantasy world now, and fantasies always come to an end. We should realize that the Ivy-League economists are con-artists, and we should not accept their views. Larry Summers is a posterboy for failure, and the Federal Reserve is run by the banksters, who are fixated on huge profits, regardless of the consequences for most of us. All of us need to take charge of our own lives, and live them honestly without trying to see what we can get from others, but to be mindful of the consequences of being too dependent upon others for our security. Self-responsibility is more important in our lives than any other factor. This is when our species is at its best, because everyone benefits, and our intelligence is enhanced. Socialism makes us stupid, with the mindset of a house pet, and it always ends in bankruptcy.

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