I must preface my comments about capitalism by acknowledging that I am a capitalist, although a very reluctant one. I prefer to describe myself as a socialist/capitalist, since I believe in socialism, but practice capitalism. What is my excuse? It is this: either you’re taking orders from an asshole, or you’re the asshole giving orders. This is to recognize the inevitable conflict between labor and management, and the fact that I’d rather be the asshole giving orders than the other way around.
Most of the time …. anyway. I do have to, in fact, acknowledge that I enjoy taking orders from my boss, Mugzy, at Taos Ski Valley. That’s because he’s cool, and because I relish not having to deal with employees and competitors during the winter.
Being in business sucks. It’s perpetual warfare. It’s no less competitive than killing your enemies on the battlefield. It’s like Game of Thrones, complete with back-stabbing and beheadings. Take my word for it.
But allow me to return to the theme suggested by the title of this Blog, now that I have (maybe) cleared away some of the underbrush. The Great Recession and associated disasters abroad have finally made it abundantly clear that capitalism sucks. Capitalism is a rotten economic system, which invariably leads to the accumulation of wealth by a few, and which is bound periodically to collapse, bringing misery to the multitudes. I speak of laissez-faire capitalism, where there is little or no government regulation. With sufficient government regulation, capitalism can, perhaps, deliver on the promises that Conservatives boast of.
And this is not to speak of how unrestrained capitalism will bring about the ruination of the earth. So let’s speak of that. It’s now commonly accepted, amongst those that do not have a vested interest in the maintenance of the status quo, that capitalism, because it depends on growth in demand, is not sustainable. We are now seeing the inevitable consequences of world-wide growth in the consumption of resources and the concomitant fouling of the atmosphere and oceans with the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels. It’s just got to stop … but that’s not too likely to happen.
As mentioned above, living and competing in a capitalist society, that prizes individualism above all else, is just not that much fun. Humans are much more predisposed towards cooperation and egalitarianism. Humans are much more readily satisfied by having fulfilling relationships with people, rather than things. Materialism sucks.
This is the endgame for this episode of world-wide capitalist gluttony and the mayhem it has produced. It’s going down. And it can’t go down soon enough.