How does capitalism work in its most pure form?
1. Someone thinks of a way to meet the needs and/or desires of other people, figures out how to meet those needs and/or desires for a price other people will be willing to pay, successfully alerts people that he has a product or service, then provides that product or service in a way that is pleasing to the people whose needs and/or desires he intended to fulfill. In other words, you are successful to the degree that you SERVE your fellow man.
2. The other option is to be the person whose service is to fund the guy doing the above.Your service is to risk your money on the bet that the guy in scenario one will be successful at delivering what people need and/or want.
3. You can also make a living using your labor to be of service to the company of the person in scenario one, which may be funded by the person in scenario two. You are providing service to your fellow man through use of your labor and your expertise.
No matter which of the three ways I am talking about, your only route to success is serving your fellow human beings in some way that they recognize and value.
That is a very moral system. That can even touch into the realm of being a spiritual thing. Even when you in it for selfish reasons (to make more money), ultimately, you only accomplish your goal by service to others.
So, where does this get off track? Where does it become corrupt? (I’m distinguishing “corrupt” from “criminal,” assuming that some people might fraudulently claim to provide something that they don’t provide, thus abusing people rather than serving them.) There is only one place where this system can become corrupt and that is where it intersects with government. At that intersection you insert power to control outcomes that would otherwise be left to choice. It is at that point that taxation or regulations can be used by companies to avoid competition. It is at that point that tax dollars can be funneled to certain companies and not others, to certain industries and not others. The government can spend your money in ways you would not choose to spend it, and they typically do this as a reward to political contributors.
When government gets involved, a system that should only be rewarding service to one’s fellow man based on free choices and competition for people’s dollars becomes a system where political connections are as important or more important than the service rendered. At that point, it is no longer moral or spiritual, it is political and corrupt. It turns the power to alter the playing field into an asset, even though that power has nothing to do with providing service to people by providing the goods and services people want and/or need.
When government gets involved, the moral (and even spiritual) foundations of capitalism disappear and the more base elements of power, control, and compulsion rule. Again I ask, why would anyone want more government?