This thread has devolved into name calling and cherry picking on both sides.
Obviously, capitalism is in its current form is deeply unfair and the cause of great suffering in the world.
Equally obviously, totalitarian communism has spectacularly failed.
But hey, instead of thinking of lessons each could learn from the other system, let's just make stupid points about how poor people are lazy or mortgages are the new slavery.
I think my original claim can be summarized as: "Capitalism is an inherently unsustainable economic system." Agree / disagree?
Fairness or suffering doesn't really enter into the question.
I think it's a mistake of false dilemma to say, "Not capitalism, therefore communism!" because the options/choices for economic systems are broader than communism or capitalism.
I'm hoping to see some good arguments for or against my original claim.