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Essay on the Evils of Capitalism Exposed in Catch-22

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Discipline Self Improvement
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Evils of Capitalism Exposed in Catch-22 "That's some catch, that Catch-22" (47). Some catch indeed, for Catch-22 "is the best there is" (47). A strange paradox preventing men from being grounded under any conditions, Catch-22 eventually evolves into a justification for doing virtually anything. After all, it "says [anyone] can do anything [that] we can't stop them from doing" (416). A less obviously stated, but equally powerful, validation for one's actions is the guarantee of profit. "It [is] odd how many wrongs leaving money [seems] to right" (418), for the promise or presence of some type of profit, rights even the wrongs warranted by Catch-22. Milo Minderbinder takes full advantage of this effective reasoning and uses it extremely well. Yet, instead of using it to right wrongs, Milo uses it to justify his own dastardly deeds. Accordingly, throughout Catch-22, Milo's capitalistic greed leads him to be an emblem evil. Milo spends most of his time in the army traveling Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in search of the best bargain. By means of "donated army equipment" (239) he buys and sells various items in order to create the highest profit. Rather than fly missions, Milo seeks to make money, capitalizing on his time abroad. After all, Milo "didn't begin this war...[he's] just trying to put it on a businesslike basis" (262). This attitude leads Milo to start a syndicate, one in which "everybody has a share" (238-239). This proposed arrangement keeps everyone at ease, so much so it results in general sloth. Because "everybody [has] a share,. men [get] fat and [move] about tamely with toothpicks in their greasy lips" (259). One by one, the men succumb to the charms of plenty as well as to their internal greed...

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