I was reading Meditations on Moloch and came to this bit:

Turning “satisfying customers” and “satisfying citizens” into the outputs of optimization processes was one of civilization’s greatest advances and the reason why capitalist democracies have so outperformed other systems. But if we have bound Moloch as our servant, the bonds are not very strong, and we sometimes find that the tasks he has done for us move to his advantage rather than ours.

And this thought came to mind:

It is well to remember that capitalism exists to serve us; we do not exist to serve capitalism. It’s served pretty well so far, but when it does fail to do so, the problem is with it and not with us.

I can maybe agree with someone who says “capitalism works and beats the alternatives,” but I don’t think I can find common ground with someone who says “capitalism is good.”

(this is short. I’m thinking I might write more often if I don’t hold myself to the thousand-word-essay standard I’ve mostly been using.)