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Capitalism's Greatest Trick

[ this is a draft ] Capitalism's greatest trick has been to give companies legal rights, thereby channeling very strong human instincts towards economic prosperity. Part 1 - Survival instinct is extremely powerful There are human forces that drive our behavior. These have been shaped by basic evolutionary measures. Here are two, but there are more. All humans have an evolutionary developed need for survival. Survival instinct is real and a very strong force. People under existential threats will do amazing things to survive. Some humans have a competitive desire to conquer, to wage war and take resources of others. The competitive desires results in higher chances of passing on genes, but is less strong than Survival Instinct. In most of human history, these forces have focussed on basic human needs for survival and gene reproduction: owning food, land, power, sexual relations. Part 2 - Humans act as groups  As humanity progressed, humans have collaborated and acted as groups. Huma