What do people mean when they say there is “no ethical consumption under capitalism”?
This is an argument I hear all the time, and one that I don’t get. To believe this is to shun all of modern history. Before capitalism, we had slave, agrarian, and mercantilistic economies, all of which caused much more evil than capitalism has. People worked all damn day, every day. The average life expectancy was 40. Through capitalism, we have innovated more to improve the quality of life in 300 years than in all of human history combined. Although people in the world are still in poverty and being harmed, capitalism has improved and will improve things tremendously. Do these people in 3rd world countries suddenly have great paying jobs once we transition to socialism/communism? Wearing fast fashion and using iPhones made by sweatshop workers isn’t completely ethical, but it’s the best possible option we have. I’d seriously like to hear one argument for this.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society