i will try not to just parrot @addamm’s great response but i do want to address this capitalist vs non capitalist debate over deaths. it is interesting to me that–at least in my history classes–every single death that occurred in non-capitalist systems is attributed to the failure of that system (the post kicking off this whole debate compared the choice between capitalism and socialism to the choice between milk and cyanide!). but this standard is never, ever applied at home. to take one example, in LA where i live, 1,341 people die each year due to air pollution. these deaths are considered “preventable” by scientists. they are not prevented, though, because LA came of age after the invention of (the market for) cars. cars have never been safer, healthier, or more efficient than other methods of transit that existed prior to or alongside them. but they were faster and cheap enough to be sold to individuals, so we rebuilt our entire city for cars, sold everyone two, built houses farther away for more people to drive their cars from… fast forward 60-70 years, 1300 people are dying annually in one city simply due to their proximity to cars, most of which are carrying one person to and from their work. (also, 28,000 hit and runs occur causing 138 deaths, every year, and the gas from the cars is helping turn the ocean to acid.)
none of this seems to be accounted for in the “number of deaths” debate, it’s either a distortion of the real free market or just a fact of life we must accept. in my opinion, it isn’t.
as for the “well what can we do?” question, obviously i don’t know either, i’m just some guy. i have some slogans:
—tax capital gains as income
—spread democracy to the fortune 500 before spreading it overseas
—housing, healthcare, education are not market commodities