Hear me out, cause I wanna hear all your opinions on this shit. The image is somewhat related, although I don't agree with its presentation.
I got into this conversation with someone who I thought was a full-on capitalist but was thoroughly surprised when he stated he was anti-corporation and pro-worker.
He and I turned out to be on the same boat when it comes to forcing the capitalists to bend to the will of the workers.
In the end, the only difference I found between us is the idea of individualism vs collectivism. Who should own what? I'm not a big statist but I'm not one to value material possessions either, so I'm not sure where I stand. The needs of the workers are collective, but that all starts at the individual needs and desires as well.
I believe that wealth HAS to be redistributed, but he believes that, by some miracle, workers will come together (whether or not they're part of organized unions) and make businesses bend to their will. Whether it be through strikes or threatening to quit in massive numbers to favor other competitors, he believes that businesses (no matter how big they are) would opt to be better. This includes giving them higher pay, quality benefits, and overall better treatment. This is idealistic thinking at best, but then again… isn't that what all of this is? Just blanket statements?
We never talked about social programs and government involvement with everyday life, it was only economics for now. I'm just here because I wanted your opinions on individualism vs collectivism.
I believe it's very unlikely that private businesses will completely disappear, even a revolt in my country wouldn't spark enough of a change like that. We're too hellbent on compromise, so I find these kind of conversations interesting and necessary.
Go wild. Educate me :D