But mankind has invented tools other than the physically manipulable variety. In his 10,000 year history, he has invented a plethora of institutional tools to leverage his very existence into comfort and pleasure. The earliest of these institutional tools was agriculture, which eliminated the need to forage for food.
Agriculture necessitated the concentration of diverse individuals in close proximity to each other, and hence led inevitably to mankind's second institutional tool – government. The first nascent government was simply an individual or group of individuals charged with the responsibility of settling disputes among the inhabitants of early agricultural conclaves. This arrangement leveraged diffuse individual responsibility into a more efficient centralized responsibility. And that is still the sole function of the tool of government.
Unfortunately, institutional tools are composed of men, and they are subject to deterioration, not from rust but from usurpation. Governments are no exception, and like a rusty screwdriver, when a government deteriorates to the point it no longer fulfills the function for which the tool was designed, or it has in fact become dangerous to use, we must, as we did in 1776, discard it from out tool box and forge a new one.
It would be foolish to remove government entirely from our toolbox. It is a useful tool, but like all tools, it requires maintenance. And like all tools, if we neglect it, it will deteriorate to uselessness and we'll have to make a new one for our toolbox.
One of mankind's latest inventions was the tool of Capitalism. Capitalism is the concentration of the means of production (machines) into unified locations to leverage human enterprise and ingenuity into more efficient wealth production.
The tool of Capitalism was invented as a responses to the late 18th century rise of industrialism – the use of machines to leverage human strength. Machines essentially obsoleted cottage industry, the previous source of wealth, and necessitated the conglomeration of machines in one location, the factory.
There are those who foment to remove Capitalism from our tool box, arguing that it is abused by those empowered to conduct it. But if you hit your thumb with a hammer, that's not a valid reason to ban the hammer from your toolbox. First of all, it is still an extremely valuable tool, and you would be severely handicapped without it. And secondly, it's not the hammer's fault you misused it. It's your fault, and you would be better served in training yourself to use it correctly than in depriving yourself of is utility.
There are others who, not understanding how the tool of Capitalism is used or what its function is, foment to replace it with the tool of government. But the two tools are not interchangeable. Government is a tool for control. Capitalism is a tool for creation of wealth.
Anyone who thinks the two are interchangeable should take a good look at North Korea.