Capitalism is the method of ensuring that the privileged minority have everything they could possibly want while the working classes have just enough to keep them in line, at most. But this doesn’t just apply to food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, and other physical items. The problems detailed below exist in our current statist-capitalist society, but would be much exacerbated in a propertarian one.
Health is a “free”-market commodity. Most of the factors that determine the health of a person are affected by the wealth of that person. A richer person can afford healthy, nutritious food, while the working classes can only afford cheap, unhealthy food. Those with money have access to the healthcare system, while those without don’t. Those who own the polluting factories can afford to live in the countryside, far from the poisons they are pumping into the air, while the working classes have no choice but to live nearby and fill their bodies with harmful toxins.
Protection from criminal activity is a “free”-market commodity. Those with wealth can afford to live in areas with low crime (areas with low poverty, as poverty is the biggest cause of crime), they can afford to secure their homes locks, alarms, cameras, and guards. They can afford to hire the privatized police force to pursue those who’ve wronged them, and pay judges to pass down harsh sentences. The working classes, however, are almost completely unprotected.
Having a say in the running of your community is also, unsurprisingly, a “free”-market commodity. The wealthy can afford to ensure the mass media puts across their views while disparaging alternative opinions. They can afford to pay “experts” to agree with them. And when all else fails, they can afford to hire the privatized police to force their will onto everybody. The working classes, on the other hand, can afford to have no control over their communities.
Freedom is yet another “free”-market commodity. Those with wealth have no need to work, and therefore have time to live the way they wish. They can afford to do the things they want, go where they want, say what they want, behave the way they want. The working classes, however, are restricted in their freedom. They can only be free during non-working hours (which are mostly spent eating, sleeping, and doing domestic duties), and even then their freedom is restricted because they can’t afford to travel, will be attacked by the police if their behaviour displeases the property-owning class or if they are caught saying anything that the property-owning class don’t want said, and are limited to only the activities they can afford.
Opportunity is a “free”-market commodity. Those with wealth can afford to send their children to the best schools, where they will not only get the best education but also the best networking contacts. They can also afford to financially support the profit-making activities of their children. Working class children get none of these privileges, they must make-do with an inferior education, no contacts, and no capital.
Wealth is a “free”-market commodity, available to those who can afford to own businesses, hire investment managers, and gamble large quantities of money. The working classes, who own only themselves, get only the going rate for labour, which must be used to survive and leaves them little to play with.
Propertarian claims that worker pay would increase in “An”capistan contradict both logic and history. There is a labour surplus, which means employers can pit workers against each other in wage wars. As they must work in order to survive, workers have no choice but to undercut each other to secure the work, leading to poverty wages.
And the “social mobility” that does exist makes no real difference. It may be possible for a small number of the working class to become wealthy, but it will never be possible for all of them to do so, as somebody has to do the work to provide that wealth.
Capitalism is a system that entrenches class privilege and denies health, happiness, and freedom to the majority of those who live in it. Propertarianism is the same, but more so.