WASHINGTON, April 25, 2015 – Isn’t it great that we live in a country where things like free speech and individualism are greatly valued? Today Twitter activists took to their computers and smartphones to tweet about the evils of capitalism under the hashtag #ResistCapitalism. Ironically, the very devices and platforms they used to carry out their campaign were made possible by capitalism.
Here are some tweets from today’s festivities:
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) April 26, 2015
— Ⓐ #GrumpyCuntSec Ⓐ (@brazenqueer) April 25, 2015
It’s pretty hypocritical to claim that people need to #ResistCapitalism in order to escape oppression, when countries like the U.S.S.R., China and Cuba — non-capitalist countries — have been some of the most oppressive nations in history. Would one even be able to tweet his political opinion in these countries?
At least some people get it:
That last tweet by @Cameron_Gray was my personal favorite as it most accurately describes the hypocrisy of the hashtag.
The fact is that millions across the world have been lifted out of poverty thanks to capitalism. Capitalism is by no means perfect; however, it gives every individual the power to determine his or her own destiny. Unfortunately, this power does not mean that success is guaranteed; however, the opportunity is there to achieve it through creativity and hard work.
I can definitely say that I owe my own existence to capitalism. My own grandfather grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. His father and mother were poor Irish immigrants who came to America in the early 1900s to seek a better life. Through hard work and sacrifice, my grandfather was able to make a great life for himself and was eventually able to send both of his daughters (my mother and aunt) to college, allowing them both to become successful businesswomen. None of this would have been possible had it not been for capitalism’s economic mobility.
The great thing about capitalism and our country is that it’s totally okay to create hashtags on Twitter bashing our economic system and the political ideas we disdain. Freedom is something that has been valued by our people and our constitution since the birth of the United States. One has to wonder though, what if these activists invested more time into their own education and self-betterment rather than posting on Twitter? Wouldn’t that do more to help them improve their own personal situations? Just some food for thought.