if we “can’t afford” public services, then capitalism is failing

There’s a common argument which comes from people arguing for right-wing politics (or, more usually, from people arguing against what might be thought of as left-wing politics) which goes “We simply can’t afford it”.

But, if it’s true that under the current economic model and under the current levels of wealth distribution, we cannot afford to pay for the basic public services which go to make up a decent, civil society – then what it means is that capitalism is failing.