Swap capitalism for "the Free Market", and I agree.
If someone is exploited in a free market system, it is because they allow it. When government interferes with regulation and reduces or eliminates competition, then so does the people's ability to choose and thus they are more apt to be exploited.
Exploitation drums up images of sweatshops and slavery. It's not a negative term, but a term of utility.
It's really simple:
use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
When I sell a good, I am exploiting the good. . .and all labor involved. I am also exploiting the consumer.
The consumer is exploiting the system by bargain hunting.
I exploit soap to get clean.
Government exploits it's citizens through taxation. . .and other countries through various political and military means.
If you exploit something in a negative way, it is negative. And the converse is equally true.
This post was edited on 2/15 at 6:37 pm