Context: Morality is an integral part of any human community. Many would argue that another important aspect of a community is the economic system or the method through which each earns for a livelihood. In the 21st century, the most common and endorsed economic system is that of capitalism. However, the effects of consumerism and capitalistic actions have lead to an existential crisis not just for humans, but for the whole planet.
Issue: An important question, that worried many thinkers before (e.g. Karl Marx), has yet again emerged: does capitalism conflict with morality? For the purpose of this paper, I will focus on the Kantian morality — one where a human being is treated not as a means to an end, but as an end in him/herself. Similarly, I am going to refer to capitalism as a system whose fundamental core is that of profit and growth.
Resolution: With a conceptual comparison of morality and capitalism, coupled with recent cases during the Covid-19 Pandemic and renewable energy sector, I will try to answer main question of this paper.