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But at least capitalism is free and democratic, right?

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Olin Wright, E. (2016). But at least capitalism is free and democratic, right?. In Sunkara, B. The ABCs of Socialism. Verso, pp. 22-29

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To say that capitalism restricts the flourishing of these values is not to argue that capitalism has run counter to freedom and democracy in every instance. Rather, through the functioning of its most basic processes, capitalism generates severe deficits of both freedom and democracy that it can never remedy. Capitalism has promoted the emergence of certain limited forms of freedom and democracy, but it imposes a low ceiling on their further realization.

—p.23 by Erik Olin Wright 4 years, 6 months ago

To say that capitalism restricts the flourishing of these values is not to argue that capitalism has run counter to freedom and democracy in every instance. Rather, through the functioning of its most basic processes, capitalism generates severe deficits of both freedom and democracy that it can never remedy. Capitalism has promoted the emergence of certain limited forms of freedom and democracy, but it imposes a low ceiling on their further realization.

—p.23 by Erik Olin Wright 4 years, 6 months ago
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Capitalism deprives many people of real freedom in this sense. Poverty in the midst of plenty exists because of a direct equation between material resources and the resources needed for self-determination.

heading: "Work or Starve" Isn't Freedom

—p.25 by Erik Olin Wright 4 years, 6 months ago

Capitalism deprives many people of real freedom in this sense. Poverty in the midst of plenty exists because of a direct equation between material resources and the resources needed for self-determination.

heading: "Work or Starve" Isn't Freedom

—p.25 by Erik Olin Wright 4 years, 6 months ago