14 thoughts on “Capitalist ideology vs. anti capitalist capitalists

  1. I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the Millennium.… Then men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors.

    Andrew Carnegie in New York Times (1 January 1885) “A Millionaire Socialist”



  2. Amazing relevant and timely as per usual. I’m most impressed again. Thanks
    I studied Owen’s New Lanark in cultural studies at uni. We share the same birthday on May 14th πŸ™‚


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    • Thank you for your comment!

      It is interesting to see the many contradictions in Andrew Carnegie’s life: anti-war, vice president of the Anti-Imperialist League; but made lots of money from wars. A self-made “rags to riches” capitalist, contrary to most other capitalists (in reality as distinct from propaganda), who advocated socialism, and was full of scorn about inherited wealth and about wealth spent on profligate consumption instead of philanthropy. On the other hand, trade unions in his steel works were suppressed violently; and he mercilessly ruined his competitors’ businesses in his drive toward monopoly, going too far even according to his friend, “Social Darwinism” ideologist Herbert Spencer.


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