I’ve been thinking about the Occupy movement a bit. Many (and I’m not talking about the largely incoherent folks in the tents) presented this idea that capitalism is wrong. That capitalism has led to unfairness. That capitalism has trounced the little person. That capitalism makes people greedy.
I reject this.
Capitalism, in my mind, facilitates some pretty great outcomes: A decrease in poverty. An increase in ingenuity. The fulfilling of human potential in the creation of great new inventions, great new architecture, great new music. Capitalism does this better than socialism.
However, I’m not prepared to say I don’t see problems out there in the business landscape right now.
This is because capitalism is only as good or as greedy as the people trading on the capitalist market. The problem is not capitalism, but rather, people.
This amounts to a crisis of ethics.
Enter the great Chuck Colson. I do love Chuck Colson, ever since I stumbled across Born Again, a seriously great book with a truly terrible title.
Mr. Colson has put words to what I was feeling with Doing the Right Thing.com
(This site may not be at all new, but I’ve just found it.) It highlights the lack of ethics in the world around us. The lack of consensus on what it means to be ethical. Schools that abandon the pursuit of truth. A society that doesn’t even begin to know how to ask the right questions.
If any of this resonates with you, check out or watch the clip below.