How does capitalism cause crime? Maybe you could write a post about this. I’m interested in crime. Is it something to do with inequality, lack of opportunity and the emphasis on private gain and individualism? I don’t know if I can agree that Germany is a socialist country. Its got a government and a public sector and a welfare system but its got a large private sector. I don’t know what percentage of the workforce work in the private sector for capitalist employers but its a lot. I might look it up. The means of production aren’t socially owned, right? (Is America a socialist country by your definition?) It seems like you are crediting whatever elements of socialism it has with its low crime rate but it’s an affluent country, which surely has at least as much or more to do with its capitalism, and affluent places seem to have little crime. I’m also inclined to think that Japanese culture and probably its policing and justice system have a lot to do with its low crime. And we’ve got the issue of genetics that might be explored.
The link between capitalism and crime has been well known for a very long time. It’s not even slightly controversial on the Left or in the social sciences. If you want lots of capitalism, you’re probably going to end up with tons of crime. That’s just how it goes. The more socialism a country has, the less crime it has. Studies in Europe have proven this. In Europe, the more socialism a country had, the less crime it had. The less socialism, the more crime. It was pretty much of a linear relationship when you averaged it all together. Transitions to capitalism in Eastern Europe and the CIS were accompanied by orgies of crime. And as China moved to more capitalism, the crime rate soared, especially for property crime. There is now a fair amount of property crime in Cuba, especially in Havana. Whether this is related to increased capitalism is uncertain. Of course capitalism causes tons of property crime. That goes without saying. But it also causes a lot of violent crime. Even those of us who advocate using the market as a tool acknowledge that capitalism causes crime. You get a lot of good with capitalism – I would admit that. You also get a lot of bad, and one of the bad things is crime. If you think this website is valuable to you, please consider a contribution to support the continuation of the site.