Capitalism is going to be the death of us. Though to be fair, one could say that since capitalism is our own invention, maybe the correct thing to say
is simply that we are going to be the death of ourselves.
The collapse of society is normal and even natural under a System dependent on consumerism and capital growth. Computers, technology, machines = less
menial jobs for those 7 billion+ humans of Earth = slow capital growth = war, pollution, sickness, etc. because all those industries have to start
MAKING problems just to keep themselves in business. Capitalism will
destroy us, free market or otherwise, because, as much as people hate to
hear this, it can't go on forever. I'm sorry to break the news to you, but we have the technology to destroy ourselves now, and so long as resources
are fought over, our clock is running out. Not to mention the environment, pollution, disease, corruption, etc. etc. etc.
What's most sad about society today is that people aren't willing to question things hard enough. They don't want to take a step back and assess their
beloved System or dare to bite the hand that "feeds". And anyone who suggests they do so is promptly labelled a spoiled left-wing socialist liberal
commie OWS lunatic who doesn't know his ass from his head. Which is ridiculous, when you consider the state of things. If anything's crazy, it's the
world we live in and the systems that govern it.
There's no excuse for poverty, war or inequality to exist anywhere on the planet. None whatsoever. We have enough resources and technology to sustain
on the planet, peacefully, without damaging the environment or ourselves, forever, until a meteor hits us or the sun burns out.
But no one wants to hear that nonsense. What will happen to society if we're no longer allowed to run amok like ballistic consumers lost deep in an
amphetamine psychosis? What would that world look like? We'll probably never know, and that's sad, because life could be so much better if we only
allowed it to be. But there's no profit
in a better life, so it will never happen.
Capitalism needs to go - and NO, it should not be replaced with socialism, you dualistic pessimistic swine. Stop meeting every criticism of capitalism
with communist slander and maybe we might get an intelligent dialogue on this issue for once. Snap out of your 1980s Cold War paranoia trip and start
using the grey crap between your ears again. You guys sound like a broken record. Just because capitalism is slightly better than communism DOESN'T
mean it's the Answer. Just because capitalism functions
does not mean it is the only and final answer to humanity's dilemma of: how do we get
everything everyone needs to everybody? Which, I should point out, capitalism still hasn't addressed.
As for the issue of "what would we do if "free" market capitalism and the opportunity to be "successful" is taken away from us? what would be our
drive to get anything done if we didn't have to work for a living?"
My answer is, you're an idiot still stuck in a slave mentality who can't think outside the box, and that's not your fault, because you've been
conditioned that way and it's very hard to think otherwise. But the truth is, the market isn't free, capitalism isn't working anymore, success is a
materialistic illusion that is absolutely detrimental to our well-being as a species and a society, and we are so sickened by greed that the meaning
of success is rapidly turning into merely surviving day-to-day. If you think that's progress, and you think it's the best we can do, then we're
screwed. For a species who has begun exploring deep space, we still have a hell of a lot of learning left to do back on Earth. We're not nearly as
smart as we think we are.
In short: capitalism is like a floppy disk. Just because it's worked in the past, does not mean it's the most efficient and appropriate means to
performing a task. I think we can do better without ever touching socialism, communism or capitalism ever again. How? I don't know. But I bet we can
work it out if we put our minds to it. We're not a stupid species, just a stubborn one. If we can explore deep space we can fix our economic system.
All we have to do is kick out the Old Rulers first (easier said than done).
Here's an interesting idea: imagine a world where you worked because you wanted
to work, not because you had
(ie. were forced) to. (AKA
paid slavery). That's
what true economic freedom is. It's a pipe dream, I know, but it's a nice concept, is it not? Imagine if all your needs
were met from birth til death, that you didn't have to sell your precious time in exchange for food and shelter and energy, and that all you had to do
with your life was contribute to society in whichever manner you most wanted to. Lord knows we can make it happen if we wanted to. But what do you
think would happen? Do you think the world would collapse in a heap of dry and lazy bones? Or do you think we would prosper like never before at the
new-found passion humanity was allowed to pursue?
When humans follow their passion, they generally produce impressive results. When the passion is drained out of them, they generally don't produce
much at all. And that's where we're at. What are we gonna do about it?
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