Originally posted by checkbaiter
The way you put it "the wealth they expropriate".... makes it sound like forced labor. You could write a book, "The liberal mind and how it works " or "How to make a business man look evil "
Business men are no more intrinsically "evil" than anybody else. However, capitalism is still based on appropriating a portion of the worker's labor:]
Some consider that profit is the capitalist's "contribution" to the value of a commodity. However, as David Schweickart points out, "'providing capital' means nothing more than 'allowing it to be used.' But an act of granting permission, in and of itself, is not a productive activity. If labourers cease to labour, production ceases in any society. But if owners cease to grant permission, production is affected only if their authority over the means of production is respected." [Against Capitalism, p. 11] This authority, as discussed earlier, derives from the coercive mechanisms of the state, whose primary purpose is to ensure that capitalists have this ability to grant or deny workers access to the means of production. Therefore, not only is "providing capital" not a productive activity, it depends on a system of organised coercion which requires the appropriation of a considerable portion of the value produced by labour, through taxes, and hence is actually parasitic.
Even if one grants that capitalism is the most efficient type of economic system (for the sake of argument), there is still no real justification for one part of the population to have health care and the other not to.