Why Albert Einstein Hated Capitalism

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Bettmann Archive / Getty Images No matter how many Albert Einstein T-shirts or mugs are churned out, the famous physicist was no fan of capitalism. In Einstein’s view of the world, the system that turns humans against each other is the same system that turns humans against nature. People used to live in small groups, where a community would take care of its members. “The time—which, looking back, seems so idyllic—is gone forever when individuals or relatively small groups could be completely self-sufficient,” Einstein wrote . We’re now part of a global economy, one where people constantly compete for food, housing, and jobs. “The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence,” Einstein said. “The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil.” Humans naturally both compete and cooperate with each other. But capitalism encourages competition and discourages cooperation, breaking social bonds. “All human beings, whatever their position in society, […]

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