I am curious how many of you think we might see the end of global capitalism as currently understood. The upheavals in the Middle East these past few
days are what has made me start contemplating this possibility, which I would have likely scoffed at ten years ago, say. But there are many more
reasons than the recent events to think a tectonic shift might be in the works -- consider the fact that we are nowhere near out of the woods from the
2008 crisis, and another crisis this year that could be even worse is possible if not probable. And feel free to look at even longer-term factors,
too, if you wish. They certainly come into play.
Anyway, I'm basically simply curious as to what you geniuses think could replace capitalism, if anything, and when such a change would occur, if
Capitalism is of course an economic system, but I think it is also a political system (or rather, it underpins politics), and in a real sense ending
of capitalism would properly be a political event rather than a solely economic one, IMHO. That's why I'm putting this thread in this forum rather
than the financial meltdown forum.
In the interests of keeping things interesting and preventing this conversation from sliding into an ideological mud-slinging festival identical to
quintillions of others on the net, please keep the following in mind:
- I am not advocating the end of capitalism, just speculating about the possibiliy, so don't jump down my throat and start pinning a Che T-shirt on
- I'm more interested in whether you think it might
happen (and if so, how/when) than whether it should
happen. Yes, these are very
- Stretch your noggin and recall that there are other possibilities besides "capitalism" and "socialism." So I hope this doesn't turn into a boring
old anti-socialist-strawman barbeque. Could there be any other forms besides capitalism and socialism? If so, how do you see them playing out.
-Anyone bringing cheezy partisan politics tropes into this (i.e., posts bashing contemporary polarizing figures such as Obama and/or Palin, etc.) will
earn my withering scorn. The issue is clearly much larger than the petty four-year puinch-and-judy show of US electorial politics, and it's always
much more interesting to try to look beyond such frippery.
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