First and foremost, a bit of a preface.
I have been thinking about this since the rather convenient timing of the Coronavirus pandemic plaguing the entire world, all the while every aspect
of western society falling into near chaos and division not seen since probably WWII. But what struck me the most was of course the world economy
seemingly going into turmoil around every corner, from ports being shut down, large container ships clogging up vital shipping lanes, the world
economic forum calling for a 'reset'. There's so much to unpack I cannot, and most people cannot realistically sit down and have a full discussion
about it all. It's all happening faster than we can comprehend, and respond too.
A bit of a trigger warning, I will be using rather 'left' leaning sources as they best suit the brutal and realistic critique of capitalism.
This is more of a rant to get my ideas out.
The word itself is probably the most debated economic topic in modern history. But what if I made a bold statement as to say, it's time in it's
current form is coming to an end. The beginnings of capitalism are rather up in the air, most people think it started somewhere in the 18th century,
around the time of the industrial revolution in Britain, where the crown allowed private counties and townships to build factories, and roads, and
connect them all to safely transport goods, mostly pottery.
But the ideas behind capitalism started much earlier, around a time period known as the axial age, a near 'global' awakening that stretched from
Europe to China, where figures such as the Buddha, Pythagoras, and Confucius all seemingly sprung up out of the wake of social and economic unrest and
downturns based on a credit system. And from it rose an age where it was not all about the collective and massive gangs or armies following great
leaders, but rather people were given a choice, people were raised to learn, and become their own person, it was when literacy rates sky rocketed, it
was in a nut shell 'a good time' to be alive.
From this age, rose the infant stages of early capitalism. Debtor and creditor transactions, and not just top down credit allowances.
Throughout human history we have seen systems of credit based economies from Mesopotamian and ancient Egyptian priests hoarding wealth in temples, to
distribute to the common people. To the rise of single person debt to a single person creditor which we all live and deal with to this day.
Capitalism itself is a very interesting idea and philosophy, it can take literally anything and turn it into some sort of profit making 'machine'.
As long as someone out there wants it, there will be someone to provide it. But what happens when capitalistic ideas turn into the profit making
machines themselves? Or what happens if capitalism starts to profit off basic human 'needs'? And what comes as a form of 'waste' in the pursuit of
All big questions that can lead us down all sorts of rabbit holes. But there is one undeniable fact about capitalism, it's un-sustainable at it's
current growth. In fact, I am going to wager we are currently living in an age where the profits from global capitalism are falling, not rising.
The era of old world wealth and colonialism are coming to an end, a new era is emerging from it's wake. And there's new frontiers to capitalize on.
What is left to capitalize on this planet in a classical sense? All resources, shipping lanes, land, air space, macro economic goods and services,
etc, etc. have all been nearly sucked dry and capitalized and streamlined, and what has it caused? It's caused more of a headache for most even for
the elite. As Micheal Parenti put it best:
The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold
bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a
desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force.
He outlines perfectly what Karl Marx pointed out as he put it in his theory of alienation under a capitalist society, we pretend to not see what has
become of us and our environment, all in the name of profits and self interests. We have gotten so involved under capitalism as to what we grew with,
we don't see the damage it has caused, even to ourselves. Until now.
The internet has brought us an enormous amount of wealth, in the name of knowledge. We are in an axial age of sorts, an enlightenment, but this time
around, the elite don't want us to build a better capitalist society, they want us to be squeezed for profits and control even more.
It's not longer about controlling the resources and land, and your labor. It's now about controlling you, and every aspect of you.
Your health, your mind, the food you eat, we are on the verge of not a debtor creditor economy, we are on the verge of a credit based system only.
Capitalism in it's classical sense isn't evolving, it's being suffocated, it's dying, and only a few are going to profit on it's way out.
You will own nothing, and you will be happy.
Just as the serfs and peasants who had no choice after the fall of the Roman empire to seek refuge under lords, barons, and kings; feudalism. That's
the trajectory we are headed towards, and it won't stop there, the entire planet itself is next.