RE: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Mitchell, Jerry (3337) (
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 15:07:01 MDT

>I will repeat my standard disclaimer: I am not anti-capitalist. I am just
>against the use of it as a replacement religion. Religions of any color are

>I actually might desist from chatting on this thread much anymore. It makes

>me look like a pessimist. In actual fact, I really do think we will find a
>solution (I have a feeling it is in the open-source movement somehow). Also

>I feel like it is a bit like arguing with religious believers, with my
>point being continually missed. It is really not that big a point that I
>should take up this much time... all I wanted to do was just to sound a
>note of caution.
>And I have got no work done. :-(
>I have to work so I can realise my own capitalist aims. :-)
> - Miriam

Ok, I'm not gonna get up on that soapbox right now, just wanted to make the
point that, the more I think about it, the more the subject of this thread
makes sense. In a very large sense, Capitalism is like a religion. It is a
system of moral beliefs and ideas. Granted, theres no supernatural
component, but I might go so far to say that Capitalism IS the religion of
the rationalist. Im not talking blind faith here, the idea of rational blind
faith is an oxymoron. But none the less, a rational morality would have to
develop Capitalism (I would say its not developed per se, it is simply the
result of a rights based system).

Jerry Mitchell

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