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The Absurd Claim that "Capitalism Kills"

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Background

In response to declarations that communism and/or socialism have killed in excess of 100 million people, it has become common on social media to see claims that capitalism is responsible for an even greater number of deaths. The reasoning behind such assertions is rarely made clear, but ultimately they amount to blaming a significant portion of humanity's problems on a notion of capitalism so all-encompassing as to be meaningless. Here are some examples:

In a recent article on The Guardian website, Owen Jones listed the trans-atlantic slave trade, colonialism and the rise of 20th century fascism as either components or consequences of capitalism. Add starvation, disease, war and natural disasters into the mix and it should be painfully obvious that—far from providing evidence of "killer capitalism"—the conditions and institutions that are being described have no casual or necessary relationship with capitalism, and range from the merely coincidental to the fully irre… continue reading

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