r/unpopularopinion May 04 '21

The people who most strongly advocate against capitalism are the ones who have already profited so much off of it.

Living in NYC, you see a bunch of people who hate capitalism for whatever reason. A majority of those that do tend to be born as upper middle class women which doesn’t make sense to me. For starters, most of these people come from well-off backgrounds with parents who are lawyers, doctors, businessmen etc who are most certainly participants within the stock market. Due to this, growing up they’re often able to have the luxury of affording the best education possible and usually don’t have to worry about money. I guess somewhere along the line the thought process shifts while attending one of those elite undergraduate schools due to all of the debt that is acquired which is no ones fault but their own. No one forced you to pursue a low-paying career while also taking out a boatload of debt to go to a prestigious undergrad so you can feel superior to everyone else. They end up adopting this kind of victim mentality where anyone who works in a high paying job like finance is automatically a bad person. Theres a good portion of people in these careers who work long, hard hours in order to improve their lives and the lives of their future families, but they end up being demonized because of this smart career choice. Do they not realize that the same people they demonize for contributing to a capitalistic society are also their own family members who at one point started from the very bottom as well? Their entire upbringing has been centered around capitalism and now that they’re struggling due to the life choices that have been made, they expect society to shift in order to cater to them.

Edit: The title still stands as correct. The paragraph is catered towards large metropolitan cities, specifically NYC, but you’ll find these people in every city.


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u/Carl_JAC0BS May 04 '21

There's probably people out there like you described, but there's also people who see what automation is already doing and realize that we're in the middle of a major shift. It's debatable whether capitalism can survive and whether it is capable of providing the stability and prosperity that it has for the world in recent history.

There is no doubt about the benefits of capitalism, but your argument is lacking depth. In a world that has largely moved beyond the subsistence economy and human labor is no longer as valuable, socialism (as one generalized alternative example) appears to be a lot more attractive. I'm not advocating for socialism, but simply making the point that your argument is lacking. There's a lot more to be said about this topic and you're distracted by one meaningless subset.

they expect society to shift in order to cater to them.

Maybe it is irrelevant what they want, and more about their prediction of the inevitable.


u/Corolla_rolla May 04 '21

I have doubts about the benefits of capitalism.


u/Carl_JAC0BS May 04 '21

As a measurement of net value, I have doubts as well. My statement was intended to express that there are certainly benefits associated with capitalism. The debate is whether the costs of capitalism are more weighty than the benefits. It's difficult to be absolutely certain in that debate.


u/Corolla_rolla May 04 '21

My doubts are more concerning humanity, quality of life, and sustainable life on the planet.