The reason we have a worldwide financial catastrophe is that people in the financial industries gamed the system to incessantly drive share prices and dividends higher. As a consequence product prices were driven up. Item counts dropped. Prices increased. Every effort to fix the problem directly resulted in fewer buyers. Derivatives were used in various attempts to increase demand. Demand and Markets crashed. Authors of the US constitution instituted the commerce department. They understood that capitalism was also it’s own worst enemy, and that regulation of commercial activities would be needed to keep capitalism from destroying itself and the republic. Only the profoundly stupid fail to understand that capitalism is also a zero sum game, which includes choices.
Capitalism is also a zero sum game