Hi Chris, thanks for your comments.
Well, I’d say that the pursuit of profit by businesses and the concentration of wealth by individuals are two sides of the same coin. As pointed out in the article, what makes capitalism capitalism is that it’s expected that an individual will accumulate wealth via the capital (such as his business). That’s accumulation of wealth by individuals, and is what fuels businesses to seek profit the way that they do, often by cutting corners, exploiting workers as much as they still can, polluting and simply paying the fines because it’s cheaper than not polluting, manipulating government to let them violate human rights in search of profit, such as by getting their private prison company hired to handle immigration and then caging children, etc., and generally engaging in various other actions that are not ethical or healthy for society and the environment.
The idea that government regulation is mostly about maintaining a free market and public safety isn’t the whole story, IMO, unless you expand public safety to include the various regulatory rules which businesses must follow such as to comply with things like OSHA, for instance, or to reduce pollution. Furthermore, in countries where there is more regulation of businesses by democratic government, they have less pollution, and also better working conditions, such as 6 paid weeks off per year in much of Europe. So, that’s what I call the benefits of living in a modern “capitalist” society coming from the combination of capitalism and socialism, rather than capitalism getting all the credit.
However, of course I agree with you that we should tax the rich more, that is certainly a part of the solution. Also, as I’ve said in my previous work, I think a balance of socialism and capitalism produces the best results, and so is the current “state of the art” in statecraft. We’re just a little behind on the socialism half of that equation here in the U.S.A.
As for the organism question, a business could be compared to an organism such as a farm animal, perhaps, in that it is controlled, used, and expected to produce a surplus by a farmer. However, an organism simply living in harmony with it’s environment might be more comparable to a non-profit, or a worker-owned business like a co-op, because those do not exist for the sole purpose of providing a third-party with easy luxury.
Yes, even if a farmer works hard in the beginning, as capitalists often do when starting a business, if he is a good capitalist, he will eventually have workers doing everything and will be able to sit back and enjoy his passive income, hire some Wall Street traders, and allow the Pareto distribution to do the rest. There is no such expectation with a co-op or a non-profit. Any surplus value is going to the value creators.