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Chapter VIII – Myth 7: Capitalism Reflects “Human Nature”

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MYTH 7 from MYTHS OF CAPITALISM

—Is There Such a Thing as an Exclusively Human Nature?

—Why Do Humans Behave As They Do?

—“Natural” Superiority

—Enforced Scarcity

—Genesis of the “Human Nature” Concept

—Neither Nature Nor Flaws

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Excerpt from Chapter VIII

MYTH 7: CAPITALISM REFLECTS “HUMAN NATURE”

Pro-capitalists credit capitalism as the only economic system in history consistent with all that is human. As religionists claim man to be made in the image and likeness of God, pro-capitalists claim capitalism to be made in the image and likeness of Man.

What is that “image” of Man as projected by capitalism? He is aggressive, competitive, self-serving, upwardly striving, acquisitive – species-defining qualities as natural to humanity as tusks to an elephant, and given full expression for the first time only by capitalism. By this credo, capitalism and “human nature” are one!

Is There Such a Thing as an Exclusively Human Nature?

The term “human nature” implies that there are permanent and immutable traits inborn and specific to human beings that compel all people at all times to act and react in predictable ways. Is this true?

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