"I don't agree that the system of "capitalism" in and of itself is what is necessarily dysfunctional. The basis of capitalism could be a more workable and more fairly distributed methodology if not for the illicit practices of government/politicians to make it as economically unfair as it is today."
Once you define Capitalism and the process by which it operates, the reason why the above can never happen is much more clear. The "illicit practices" of governments to make it 'unfair' are doing so at the insistence of the very system that said to be 'workable'. That's not simply because of bad individual's in positions within businesses, but the structure of the opertation itself. Consider the fact that in other capitalist countries (Germany for one) much of what is happening in this country with outsourcing are criminal offenses. That is, if they try it their property is seized by the German government. If every US politician were replaced tonight-the Capitalistic economic structure and every business large and small that operates within in it would still have the following task- Internalize/maximize profits-externalize cost/risk. There isn't anything anywhere within that framework that promotes or encourages a harmonious or equal exchange. The idea of the business and worker working in their own respective interest producing an equilibrium is a fantasy. For starters, that's not the goal or objective of any business, nor does that argument suggest it's what they want-it only suggest that it is a by-product of their primary goal stated above.
Consider the following and its potential attractiveness among people who are out of work, not getting help from the government and yet wanting to control their communities.