Sorry Uberman-you are mistaken. Capitalism is not based on greed, but rather based on the idea that the fruit of a man's labor belong to that man to decide how to use. It simplifies the barter system, by standardizing the trade mechanism into a form of "capital" (hence the term).

With capitalism, if I grow a better crop, I get to keep that crop and trade it for capital, which I can then use to purchase things I need. Rather than have to trade my wheat for chickens I don't need, to trade those for the iron I do need.

Under socialism or communism, individuals do not own/control the fruit of their labor, but rather the community or the Government does.

Not a very good thing.

Perversion of anything is bad...but don't blame the mechanism for the faults of humans.
Communism is where the government controls what's produced, socialism OWNS what's produced, and capitalism says "I earned it-it's mine...now bite me"
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A system of :

Screw the people.

Screw the government.

Screw the earth.
Profit = Yes.

People = Herds of cows used to be subliminally socialized to eat shit (see silicon dioxide, ammonium sulfate, etc), drink shit (Potassium Benzoate, etc), use shit (see Titanium dioxide, Propylene glycol, etc), get shit (see v984 advanced ipod), get more shit, make shit (see underpaid factory workers, outsourced jobs), do shit to other people, allocate who gets what shit (see demographic targetting, CEO $10bil, Employee $16/hr)

People = expendable mindless machines that need to consume as much shit as possible to generate dough (see tobacco) before they decay/die/deform due to carcinogens or some random-named unarticulable compound with adverse effects; entities that need to perform as much shit as possible in a finite amount of time; entities that need to be told to do nothing in order to do shit by using dough (see weight loss pills, automated services, work from home google ads, etc) ; entities that can be profited from by irrationality (see stock market)

Governments = An entity that needs dough to burn to perform social services, underground operations, propagandization but funded by private-sectored corporations, businesses, sponsorships, etc that use the above system to maximize profits
Earth = A seemingly vast, infinite space of abundant resources to drill, eat, poke, cut, slice, chop, dice, burn, farm, blow up from which can be employed by expendable mindless machines (see foreign workers) to get from and to produce the necessary shit (see goods and services) by which other expendable mindless machines (see marketers) try to sell shit to other expendable mindless machines (see consumers) to invest in expendable mindless's machines (see stock market) capability to sell shit by which expendable mindless machines don't really need but perceive the need anyways despite having a miserable quality of life even after purchasing shit that rusts out in 6 months or have not been used

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A socioeconomic system based on financial subservience, minimalist government, the polarization of society, and the allocation of economic control to any number of petty, competing parties.

Usually coexists with commercialism and plutocracy.
"By using the means of production, the workers produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product. Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society." - Albert Einstein
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The system that challenges and drains your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical abilities. Basically, it's the Devil of the Earth that we have to fight and consume to qualify us as imperfect beings.
They say communism is only good in theory, well so is capitalism.
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Three words: Does not work. Of course, neither does communism, but since people are evil in nature, we'll pretty much never be happy.
Stalin to Russian government: "Maybe we should switch to capitalism" (Awkward silence)
Everyone: (roaring laughter)
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The social system that centers on the production and accumulation of wealth. Originates from the latin word "capita" which means "head" as in "heads of cattle".
Capitalism cannot easily fail, as it can rename "wealth" to whatever is suitable to ensure its survival.
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Religion has been called "the biggest lie in human history". For a thousand years the Church was a tyrannical dictatorship that used religion to control the uneducated masses. Now it has been replaced by CAPITALISM, a modern version that uses Banks as its places of worship where Lenders and Servicers officiate.

It remains the same stupid lie and the same rules apply.
Cloning and self-reproduction

When Capitalism becomes excessively inflated, it will burst and disperse into smaller units, often destroying many of its supporting hosts in the process. Each smaller unit will then starts feeding upon the remaining hosts to recreate the same uncontrollable monstrosity called CAPITALISM.

This entity is being worshiped with religious fervor nowadays.
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