Capitalism Essay

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Although there are laws in the United States protecting workers, many of these laws are being eroded away by what Marx would consider to be the ruling wealthy class as well as corporations. There are some inherit dangers within the capitalist economic system, such as greed and the love of power. With some, the more they have, the more they desire. Large industries, such as the oil corporations, banking industries, Koch Industries,  and the ultra wealthy are increasingly using their money and influence to purchase the votes of our politicians and to launch their attacks on the middle class and low income Americans. They are using this money and power to buy our legal and political systems. ...view middle of the document...

"We have, on the one hand, the bankers and the lobbyists and the politicians that have been bought by those lobbyists and think that any regulation is too much regulation," said Cathy O'Neil, a former quantitative hedge-fund analyst who is the organizer of the Occupy Wall Street alternative-bank group, which wants to make the financial system more accountable and transparent.  "On the other hand, we have the 99 percent who see it from a very different angle, and in particular don't see why we had to bail out the banks or any improvement to the system since then," said O'Neil." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/lehman-anniversary-americans-still-angry-_n_3929634.html?ref=topbar.  
Ironically, many supporters of the Wall Street bailout were staunchly against the bailout of the auto industry, and loudly cried, “Let Detroit go bankrupt!”. The auto companies, who provide many jobs to support the middle class, are making good on paying back their loans to the government and have returned to claim record profits. In addition, they support many programs that give back to the communities, as well as provide a quality product to purchase. In contrast, the banks have made it more difficult for people to obtain the loans they need to start new businesses, purchase or refinance a home, buy a car, or reorganize one's finances. The auto companies are working to revive the economy, while the banksters are grinding it to a halt. 
We can see signs in the erosion of worker's rights and unions by looking at the Detroit Police Department. "Detroit Mayor Dave Bing imposed new contracts on unions, whose previous deals expired June 30.  Salaries are cut by 10 percent and employees...

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