I visited the Walk For Capitalism Web site, probably for the same reason that people slow down to look at a car crash...and what do I find on the front page but this:
I find this really interesting. Does this strike anyone else as basically identical to the open source / free software ethic of "send in the patches?" If you see a need, put in some volunteer effort and find a way to meet it! Everyone will be happier and better off!
You: Hey! Where's my country? Where's my city?
Me: Oh no! I'm so sorry! We forgot all about it. Too bad we couldn't include you in this historic, world-wide event. Maybe next millennium?
You: How depressing. How sad. All is lost. Life sucks. Everybody's evil. Why don't I ever get a break? It's not fair. It's my parents' fault. If it weren't for ... etc.
You: Hey! What luck, nobody's volunteered to be a co-ordinator or contact person in my city yet! I want to be the one! Me, me, me!
Me: Fabulous! You're on! Just sign up ... here
You: You bet! I am now clicking ... here. Wow! I feel wonderful!
Me: Well, you are wonderful! You are a doer. A person who walks the talk! We can change the world!
You: Golly, how true! And it all happened when I clicked ... here.
But wait...in what way is this capitalism? Under the capitalist system, those products and services which maximize total happiness are automatically produced because people choose with their dollars (pounds, marks, yen, etc) which products and services they wish to see produced. They DO...NOT...VOLUNTEER. Volunteering labor causes society's scarce resources to be allocated incorrectly, to products and services that were not selected by the rational actions of consumers!
The capitalist solution to this problem would be as follows: The maintainers of the walkforcapitalism.org Web site offer to reduce friction in the market for calitalism rally walks, for a fee, by providing overall organization, branding, etc. - similar to the relationship between a franchise and a franchisee. People who are interested in organizing walks in their local area charge participants for joining, paying their central fee from the proceeds and of course taking a profit. Now, it would be anti-capitalistic to create artificial monopolies, so as many people as feel like it have to be allowed to organize walks in their local area. The competitive providers of capitalism protest walks each face a demand curve that forces price to equal marginal cost, or in other words, they make just enough money that they keep doing what they're doing...but no more. Each marginally profitable walk organizer stages a competing event. Consumers have their choice of purchasing a ticket to attend one of the many walks...or many of them, if that's what maximizes their utility function.
I could go on but I'm afraid I would snort milk through my nose. I mean, look. If capitalism is so great and worth marching for, surely the march itself could be organized along vaguely capitalistic lines?