Who Exploits You More: Capitalists or Cronies?


Many think capitalism exploits the masses for the benefit of a small minority. Professor Matt Zwolinski says that even if this is true we should be asking what the alternative to capitalism might be. The common suggestion is to increase government regulation and control over businesses. But does that alternative really make sense?

The history of government regulation shows that citizens are in an extremely vulnerable position in relation to the state. Lobbyists and government officials are often tempted to exploit that vulnerability, by lobbying for and rewarding bailouts and subsidies. Governments frequently pass laws that benefit the economically powerful and politically well-connected at the expense of citizens.

When the government wants to use your money to bail out GM, you don’t have the right to say no. But in the marketplace, no one can force you to spend your money. Which is more exploitative? Zwolinski wonders: if we really want to reduce the amount of exploitation, is increasing the power of the state really the best way to do it?


  1. Matt Wavle

    Any alternative to the free market would require force.  With any or all of its drawbacks, laisses faire capitalism is the most free of any.

  2. Jonathan Day

    Freedom is for the most part awesome!

  3. borisjvandruff

    This is perhaps the easiest thing to understand that is being routinely misunderstood. It’s unbelievable how few people get this idea.

  4. Lukas Koube

    amazing video just recently had a convo on fb with a guy who was convinced that this was the companies’ fault….he didnt get that only the state can use force.

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