Why should a Christian defend the concept of Capitalism as if it were God’s economic system? I ask without guile and without an alternative drum to beat. It bothers me that most conservative Christians treat any questioning of capitalist assumptions with the knee-jerk violence commonly reserved for blasphemy.
And yet, “pure capitalism” requires one to reject in one way or another the law and the prophets, the love of God and Neighbour.
A few simple theses I would like to start with.
– “Efficiency” should not be a goal, nor does the abstracted concept bear any moral quality in itself: It is neither good nor ill, but rather a qualifying descriptor, like ‘beautiful’ or ‘green’ which may be judged only by it’s context.
– Likewise, power and the acquiring thereof are not goals, they are tools for service of others.
– Power as such is the desire of Satan, and the efficient means of acquiring it his first, last, and greatest temptation.
– The ‘survival of the fittest’ is a fallen reality which should appall Christians wherever they see it manifested, whether amongst the animals in the jungle or on Wall Street. An inefficient sacrifice of power on behalf of the ‘unfit’ is the gospel, but antithetical to the capitalist model.