1st let's define the term statist. A statist is one who believes that government is the best and fairest means to distribute wealth. They support in whole or in part the idea that government should regulate almost every aspect of human behavior to a greater or lesser extent. Scratch a statist and you'll find lurking judt under the skin a totalitarian. 2. So what is their problem with capitalism? Capitalism pays people according to what they do not who they are. How much you get paid depends on your skill set and it's rarity. A rare skill set commands more money than a common one. Most rare skill sets are more difficult to acquire as well. This stratification of the labor pool strikes statist as unfair. Precisely why they believe this is unclear. They certainly don't seem to believe that a GS 4 should make the same money as a GS 12. Why they think it should be different in the private sector makes know sense. 3 Statist seem to also be of the opinion that capitalism generates poverty. It does reveal poverty, however, it does so by creating wealth where none had previously existed.