“Every capitalist out there is scum”

There are many extreme political views expressed on blogs. A regular hard leftie at The Standard, in  response to kiwi_prometheus

Great, if people save instead of consume and try to invest that capital to keep themselves out of poverty in old age they are according to Leftists like you “EVIL CAPITALIST SCUM WHO DESERVE TO GET FUCKED!!!”.

Sigh.

…commented today:

Um, that’s the whole basis of capitalism. What you’re actually demanding is that people don’t have to pay the costs of the risks that they take.

And, yes, every capitalist out there is scum who wants money for nothing. That too is part and parcel of capitalism.

That’s fairly standard comment from Draco T Bastard. Another Standard regular (who also has his own blog) is Jackal

I wouldn’t say Draco T Bastard is hard left for thinking every capitalist is a scumbag! Most capitalists have attained their wealth from the suffering of the poor after all. If you recognize or have been a victim of a corrupted system, then viewing those who have benefited from that corruption as being scum is entirely justified.

It might not be strictly correct in terms of all rich people aren’t capitalist scum, but it is entirely justified to have formed such beliefs because of the failures inherent within capitalism, namely that it increases inequality.

Such a view as Draco has expressed is therefore not extreme at all, unless you’re arguing that inequality is somehow justified?

Jackal is a strong supporter of David Shearer and the Labour Party.

I don’t think Jackal’s view is representative of all Labour supporters, but there are certainly some who have strong socialist and very strong anti-capitalist views.

This makes Labour’s alliance with the Greens possi

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