Perusing through my Facebook feed, I came across this jarring picture of an obese American boy as a juxtaposition to a starving African baby. The picture graphic played off the Coca Cola logo and stated “enjoy capitalism,” leaving me with all sorts of thoughts about whether or not capitalism truly is responsible for world hunger.
The truth is that there is more than enough food produced globally to feed every single human on earth. Hunger isn’t a necessity, but it seems to remain a constant reality, particularly in impoverished countries. I’d venture to say that capitalism has horrific consequences, which includes encouraging greed, tremendously uneven distributions of wealth, and a system that a select few benefit from the work of the majority. But capitalism also has it’s benefits with the proper government regulation to keep “free market” mentalities in check.
So with this knowledge, what are your thoughts on capitalism being responsible for world hunger? Weigh in.