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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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Lumumba (in the DRC), Mossadegh (in Iran), dozens more: the US and UK orchestrated coups around the world against leaders who threatened to take control of national resources away from foreign companies. Each of these left massive destruction in the countries.
Don't forget that Khomeini only took power in Iran after a popular revolution overthrew the brutal regime of the Shah - the regime that the US and UK installed and maintained after overthrowing Mossadegh. Boy, that one turned out great.
Why do I bring this up? Lots of talking heads are talking lately about how many people have been killed by Socialism, versus how many great advances happened under Capitalism. Why does Socialism only get credit for deaths, and Capitalism only for progress?
Capitalism has killed a *tremendous* number of people. It has done so in the form of wars and coups set off with no purpose other than to secure wealth for a few people, and it has done so in the form of taking from workers all the things they need to live in the name of profit.
Socialist governments have certainly killed people - in fact, all sorts of strong central governments, Socialist, Capitalist, monarchies, theocracies, democracies, have killed people by the hundreds of millions. Maybe you're noticing a common theme here.
Fukuyama said that freedom emerges in the interstices of a balance of powers between a society's elite actors. I think this is very wise, and it goes to the heart of why a "balance of powers" is so important. Centralization of power leads to tyranny and bloodshed.
That's true whether centralization happens within "official" government channels or "unofficial" ones. It's part of why a massive centralization of wealth destroys liberty.
The overthrows of Lumumba and Mossadegh illustrate this perfectly. Entire countries were thrown into decades of turmoil, at the cost of millions of lives, to prevent them from "falling to Communism." But what was this fall they were being protected from?
It was from the "fall" of a democratically elected government seizing back control of natural resources, which had previously been taken by foreign governments by force. Iran's oil and the DRC's minerals weren't under foreign control by random chance.
They were controlled by foreign companies because those companies had received them as side effects of their own governments' conquests and seizures. The governments' armies had been, quite openly, at the service of increasing their "commerce."
This is as simply and openly a case of "people being killed by Capitalism" as you could possibly imagine. And yet it somehow never gets brought up.
And here's the thing: the people dying here were ordinary citizens of the countries being invaded. They were ordinary soldiers of the countries doing the invading. But the profits of all this never seemed to end up in any of *their* pockets.
Generally, if someone is sending you off to fight in a war that has a lot of commercial upside for someone, you can bet good money it ain't for you.

Or, I mean, you could bet good money if you had it.
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