Since when did the me-me-me, looking-out-for-number-one worldview become the default for human nature?
There’s a lot of suppositions buried in that claim. First, the claim ignores how humanity actually existed prior to capitalism.
Then the capitalism proponents push the idea that resources necessary for life are so scarce, forcing people to live lives that are “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” And this is simply not true in developed countries, where much of the vocal support for capitalism comes from.
And then, this claim obscures other social relations that are not based on a profit motive. What about practices like ub-ubbo and innabuyog, systems of communal agriculture and labor exchange cooperatives among communities in the Cordillera region of the Philippines?
Or the work of Navdanya, an organization whose core program for addressing poverty is built around “keeping seeds, biodivdersity and traditional knowledge in people’s hands.”
(If you’re familiar with any other thriving forms of non-capitalist social organization, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.)
The insistence that only capitalism = human nature effectively marginalizes efforts to establish more equitable socioeconomic relations. And in fact, the introduction of capitalist-based development projects such as capacity-building and microcredit have led to a deterioration of labor collectives in the Cordilleras.
A fact which, of course, only serves capitalist interests further.
(edited to fix spelling b/c i shouldn’t post past my bedtime)