“Capitalism has achieved amazing things, some of which are appreciated most of all by socialists, who aren’t blinded by the Social Darwinist propaganda that this is humanity’s natural state. It’s in the first part of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ that you’ll find some of the most accurate praise of the capitalist class as ‘the first to show what man’s activity can bring about. It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals.’ These wonders – from railroads to vaccines to space flight – promise a future of widespread abundance and leisure time. Unfortunately, that future has been around the corner for the past hundred years. The problem is that while capitalism produces so much surplus that for the first time in history there is enough for every single person to live and live well, it still requires – as previous class societies did – that surplus to be controlled and guarded by a small minority, so that the rest of us have to go to work for them and create more capital. In other words, capitalism has created a world in which capitalists should now be obsolete. It’s time to take charge of our own evolution and have the majority who create society’s wealth control how it is distributed. We now have the ability to combine the egalitarianism and democracy of preclass societies with the material abundance and technological capability of twenty-first-century capitalism. We can realize the dream of all of humanity: being part of the same clan.”

— Danny Katch