Social Change According to Einstein
quoted as an Introduction to Chapter 49 of Einstein’s Violin by Joseph Eger:
The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of evil….Private capital tends to be concentrated in a few hands….[resulting in] an oligarchy of private capital, the enormous power of which cannot effectively be checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true beause the members of legislative bodies are elected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists….The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interest of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover….private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases, quite impossible for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his or her political rights.
The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as preparation for his or her future career.
~ Einstein, 1949