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IQ2 Debate: Capitalism is destroying us

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Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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How will those of us with jobs being made obsolete by automation survive in a capitalist society?

Universal basic income is being seriously considered as one solution and is currently being trailled around the world.

Like communism was, this is a radical shift from our current capitalist political and social system. Can a change really be made? And should it?

Capitalism is criticised for being woefully unsustainable. Its pursuit of profits and accumulation of private ownership continues to bring massive environmental degradation and unstoppable levels consumerism that further pollute an Earth that is well past its tipping point.

Social inequalities are growing. Does anyone really believe a single person deserves more money than the combined income of entire populations? The rich might be good and generous people, but every dollar earned is someone else’s loss. The poor are getting poorer.

But as the saying goes, a rising tide floats all boats. China is often given as the great example of this. The once impoverished communist nation embraced capitalism and became the worlds cheap manufacturer. Its capitalist approach allowed it to prosper and grow into the dominant super power with the world’s largest elite class.

So is capitalism serving us now and is it capable of sustaining us well into the future? Or do we need to engineer another type of social and political system?

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