As requested, a thread jumping off from a conversation in the Shoutbox. To begin with, then, the excerpt from Chesterton which sparked the discussion: "It cannot be too often repeated that what destroyed the Family in the modern world was Capitalism. No doubt it might have been Communism, if Communism had ever had a chance, outside that semi-Mongolian wilderness where it actually flourishes. But, so far as we are concerned, what has broken up households and encouraged divorces, and treated the old domestic virtues with more and more open contempt, is the epoch and Power of Capitalism. It is Capitalism that has forced a moral feud and a commercial competition between the sexes; that has destroyed the influence of the parent in favour of the influence of the employer; that has driven men from their homes to look for jobs; that has forced them to live near their factories or their firms instead of near their families; and, above all, that has encouraged, for commercial reasons, a parade of publicity and garish novelty, which is in its nature the death of all that was called dignity and modesty by our mothers and fathers." Now, I, as the poster, rather like the quote; Valvar did not. His position, if I am not misrepresenting it, was that Capitalism is simply the logical conclusion of man’s competitive impulses, and the economic consequences thereof, within an industrial framework. That is to say: It is of a very general nature, and is not something that can be opposed with success. I, on the other hand, consider it to be a very specific development of Western civilisation, and as such something that is realistically and practicably defeasible. I shall make that case in a moment, but first – the general question for the thread: What is the nature of Capitalism? and by extension, what can be done about it?