Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Problem with Capitalism and Christianity...

...can pretty much be summed up by pointing this out: abortion, pornography, prostitution, gluttony, avarice, and more are all things that, considering the free market in and of itself, are either goods, commodities or things that it may be economically wise to promote.

I'm not saying you can't be a Christian capitalist. I have strong sympathies in that direction. But if you don't recognize the status of those goods/services/perspectives in the raw free market, and if you don't try to figure out what the proper response is to that, there's a good chance you're engaged in some cognitive dissonance.


Drew said...

You can get money from being a hired hitman, also. But being a capitalist does not imply the opposition to all laws.

Crude said...

I didn't say it did. I said that the free market, in and of itself, allowed for abortion, pornography, prostitution, gluttony, avarice, and more. These are commodities, services, or potentially economically desirable dispositions.

I am entirely willing to grant that there are ways to reply to this while retaining capitalism. But it remains a fact that must be engaged and considered - it is not a minor flaw. Insofar as Christian capitalists do not engage this fact, the problem remains both apparent and unresolved.

Drew said...

It's not a flaw at all. I don't know of many Christian capitalists who are anarchists.

Crude said...

Drew, let's try this on for size.

You've clearly got a problem with what I pointed out about capitalism and the free market, divorced from Christian opinion. Somehow this got processed in you as "Crude thinks capitalism means anarchy!"

So, I'm going to give you a great opportunity: in your own words, tell me what you think I'm saying. What, exactly, is my critique of capitalism and the free market? What is the problem that it poses to Christianity, from my perspective? What was the point of what I just said in this post?

Think carefully, and reply.