JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon says controlling capitalist companies is socialism not social democracy, sets record straight
Hoover Institution Research Fellow Lanhee Chen provides his perspective on JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon's speech defending capitalism.
“Governments taking control of assets and companies, they start to use companies for one thing only – keeping themselves in power, using the company’s assets to get votes,” he warned during a discussion with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman at the Institute of International Finance’s annual membership meeting.
“And these companies erode over time and you do end up with Venezuela" he noted as the country's socialist government has created one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history.
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Where Dimon feels the U.S. could do better is by enacting more of a hybrid social democracy model which is working, in his opinion, in places such as Sweden.
“Sweden is a bigger free market than the United States. If you analyze it, more of the assets there are owned by the private sector – they’re very tough on it,” Dimon said.
“They’ve got a better safety net than we do," he added. "They take better care of their people. I think we could do that too. We should analyze our safety net, we should fix it, we should improve it, we should probably have a negative income tax, we should improve our cities, schools, infrastructure all these things. Social democracy is not socialism."
Capitalism and wealth, whether corporate or individual, has come under fire from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Both candidates have called for health care for all and the forgiveness of student debt. Each would come at a hefty price tag. Health care for all would cost an additional $34 trillion over the first decade, according to the Urban Institute, a center-left leaning think tank.