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Capitalism’s ori­gins, sev­er­al cen­turies ago, can be traced to the expro­pri­a­tion of the com­mons and its trans­for­ma­tion into pri­vate prop­er­ty. Since those hoary begin­nings, it has evolved into an eco­nom­ic sys­tem based on the pri­vate own­er­ship of the means of pro­duc­tion and its oper­a­tion for prof­it. In the last forty years or so cap­i­tal­ism has evolved into its neo-lib­er­al phase char­ac­ter­ized by dereg­u­la­tion, pun­ish­ing bub­bles, eco­nom­ic crises and jaw-drop­ping income and wealth inequal­i­ty. The system’s egre­gious excess­es are some­times addressed by law­mak­ers who serve up tem­po­rary bro­mides to pla­cate the rest­less many. But they are just tin­ker­ing around the edges mak­ing cos­met­ic changes. The sys­tem is fun­da­men­tal­ly the same. There is no alter­na­tive we are told. Why isn’t there?