So, why don't we keep capitalism as a means of allocating scarce resources, but take steps to ensure that all Americans have access to higher education, and try to keep making progress breaking down racial barriers to entry in this country (because, I don't want to marginalize how much work we still have left to do, but let's not forget how much we already HAVE done). Don't get me wrong, I'm here arguing in favor of capitalism and against Marxism, but I am absolutely on the left wing of American politics. I think the state should be concerned with making sure the individual maximization of utility remains aligned with the universal maximization of utility, but I think that can be done through regulation and taxation without moving away from capitalism to something more state-run. I actually hadn't spent much time thinking about it before this thread, but I also came to the conclusion a bit earlier up that a lot of Marxist concepts like economic servitude made a lot more sense in the 1830s than they do in the 2010s, and that arguably that's to capitalism's credit. Also, I haven't seen a convincing argument yet why someone who commits necessary labor to an enterprise should be rewarded for that, but someone who commits necessary capital to one should not. This seems to be the breaking point of any argument in favor of capitalism, for me, since both investment capital and human capital, in some combination, are necessary for any production enterprise.