Tuesday, July 12, 2011
pt 2, as promised
Is fairness basic to capitalism? We can locate the concept of fairness in two ways. The order could be either of two: f to c or c to f. Causality can be set up plausibly in either of two directions.
The implication of fairness being basic to capitalism could be expressed as the notion that fairness precedes successful capitalism. This is one way of stating that fairness is basic to capitalism. But there is another way as well, and I think there could just be some young persons today who, while they do not hold to the concept of fairness in quite the same way as their "fair" forefathers two or three generations back, they perhaps would assert that the fairness one may experience in the world is the result, rather than cause, of capitalism. But the thing to remember is that, in any case, we have to posit capitalism's success here. Capitalism, when it works, is a success with some relationship to fairness.
Now fairness, like freedom, would be considered a virtue. Capitalism would ot. And freedom and fairness are basic to capitalism abeit that it is hard to say just how.
Certainly the development of capitalism didn't somehow just suddenly "make everybody be high," as Bob Marley's song goes. Marley is, in fact, rejecting those in his society that hold wrong values. Certainly the development of capitalism didn't somehow make everyone suddenly become fair or get high on fairness, but it is a success based -- somewhere -- on fairness.