The recent (2016 Apr 04) leak of 11 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca clearly reveals how dysfunctional the current capitalist system has become.
The law firm secretively assisted the super rich in multiple ways of setting up offshore accounts and funneling personal wealth into tax havens in order to avoid paying taxes. The end result of course is that governments around the globe have less revenue to spend on social benefits while the super rich continue to game the system. Meanwhile the working class and the poor have to endure austerity, hardship and diminishing social services.
Let us back up for a moment and try to reflect on the human social system and how it has become entirely dependent on the flow of money.
In all of human history, there has always existed some form of class structure. Rulers, emperors, pharaohs, kings, lords and nobles have always ruled over serfs and slaves. Later came the mercantile class, land and plantation owners, bankers, financiers, industrialists and corporate rulers.
In our modern capitalist system, serfdom and slavery continue to exist in insidious ways in the form of taxation, interest, rent and debt bondage.
Money is created by the elite ruling class through the channel of financial institutions such as banks, savings & loans and credit. Debt bondage results when debtors are unable to meet their financial obligations as a result of exorbitant interests rates and in many cases fraudulent lending practices by creditors. The super rich needs the working class to propel the production machine. They depend on the consumer class to drive their money making machine.
The rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. To add insult to injury, as the leaked documents clearly reveal, the rich funnel their financial wealth to tax havens around the globe in order to avoid or evade taxes.
The bottom line is, "smart" investing in the stock market, options trading, commodities, mutual funds, hedge funds, foreign exchange, short selling, etc., is all about gaming the system.
Successfully gaming the system puts you in league with the rich elite ruling class who live in luxury on the backs of modern day serfs and slaves, the true productive unit of society.
Kingdoms, empires, serfdom and slavery have been defeated in the past. Modern capitalism will witness its death throes yet.