Attacks unwarranted |

Attacks unwarranted

Attacks unwarranted

A local woman chooses to share her personal methods of energy conservation with her community and is immediately vilified as an anti-capitalist. Reinette Senum needs no defense from me but I saw no “anti” anything in her writings. It’s odd that conservatives react so strongly to anything having to do with conservation. One must also wonder about the viability of a system such as capitalism if it needs such strident defending.

Of course, capitalism has never been tested on a level playing field, unless one considers genocide, slavery, indentured servitude and immigrant exploitation a level playing field. These methods were replaced with child labor, industrial poverty and, eventually, war and imperialism as a means of producing treasure. This continues today and is not true capitalism.

Historically, it is necessity combined with the prospect of personal gain that has motivated the true capitalists who later become the philanthropists and the trust founders that help so many. The benefits to the world of socially responsible capitalism are endless.

Perhaps, if Ms. Senum’s critics were not trapped in a world of dogmatic ideology they would learn to differentiate between true capitalism and obsessive, greedy consumerism. The Earth would be a better place for all.

John Keane

Nevada City

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