Welcome to the 21st century, where we have marvelous diplomatic achievements and scientific breakthroughs! I mean, seriously: we as a society have come a long way.
We’ve created vaccinations to cure diseases that have taunted us throughout most of humanity’s existence. Oh, well…there are some religious fruitcakes that believe vaccinations are the devil’s work and that they shouldn’t protect themselves or their own kids from harm.
Hmm…well, look at all the other achievements!
We put men on the moon in the last century, and we recently had astronaut Scott Kelly send us pics of the globe from his year long space mission. Oh, whats that? People, even in the 21st century, believe the earth is flat and that the moon landings were a hoax? They get most of their information about space from Ancient Aliens? Are people really that stupid?
Well, never mind them. There is so much more to look at.
We’ve created portable devices that share information and make global communication so much easier! We have cellular phones and personal computers that make research so much easier and — what? People are more interested in using them to argue with each other, post stupid cat videos, and make…memes?
…People find this stuff entertaining? And instead of using this massive source of information to educate themselves and others they choose to use it to spread this…this…cancer? Is this really entertainment?
Well, I guess we finally got our society to the proper -ism, am I right?
You know what I’m talking about! GO CAPITALISM!
We put down the evils of socialism and the dangerous communism towards the end of the last century, right? I mean, Denmark and Sweden and Norway are terrible places to live…right??
The Dark Side of Capitalism
We live in a society that applauds war crimes but has skepticism towards healthcare. We live in a society that worries about people starving to death, yet lets corporations throw away thousands of pounds of food every day because they weren’t sold on time. We live in a society that is so greatly worried about resource management, yet allows oil companies to rob our environment of both life and resources. We live in a society that hates the idea of abortion yet also hates the idea of giving everyone the basic needs of life.
In short, we live in a pretty hypocritical world.
In the view of many moderates, let alone socialists, our economic system is at fault for most of the world’s problems. Our basic ideology, that of capitalism, has led to more problems than it is worth. We have capitalistic cronies leeching on the system; taking millions in tax breaks and using excess cash to create an unbalanced, unregulated, and rather unequal hierarchy in the system of society. Our society isn’t pushing creation, anymore. We aren’t living under an economic system that is geared to satisfy the people’s needs…we are living under a system that is geared to satisfy the top percentage’s main want: profit.
Wars, both on international fronts and domestic landscapes, arise out of social conflict. Most of our modern day social conflict comes from religious concepts and economic interests. Which side can have a higher gain in the pursuit of profit? We can see examples of this through the disastrous war in the middle east, which was of course directed towards the WANT of oil rather than the NEED of “protection”.
All wars since the creation of capitalism (which perhaps came into existence around 500 years ago) have been fought over the sources of raw materials (to sell for profit), trade routes and markets (to generate profit), or strategic areas to “protect” these sources of, you guessed it, profit. This standard of war, which is so easily declared because of our inability to separate needs and wants when the wants seem to outweigh it all, corrupts society. War is capitalistic.
Then we reach the problem behind world hunger. While many explanations arise from claiming there are too many people living on earth, equating to the concept that there isn’t enough food that can be produced to feed the growing present population, we have to realize that this is false. Enough food is definitely being produced — it is just not being provided. If divided more evenly, starvation and hunger could be eliminated tomorrow. We do not distribute food to poorer nations with fewer resources. We do not see profits in that. We do not have a reason to do this in a capitalistic mindset. Hunger is capitalistic.
When issued the term “socialism”, too many people believe in the pseudo-socialist dystopian societies that are not socialistic in any form. Societies that attempt to dehumanize citizens — societies that are controlled by totalitarianism and authoritarian dictatorships — are not socialist. These are governments that have taken capitalism to a far-right extreme: total control is given to that small minority of people that hold all the WANTS within the society. Dictatorship and Oligarchy are capitalistic.
Yes, capitalism has done marvelous things for society. It’s created some specific forms of freedom and equality. It’s created wonderful technology. It’s allowed sales in an interconnected global society to expand national interest to the highest it’s ever been. But; the more power we give to capitalism, the more capitalism demands of us.
This new version of capitalism wants you to buy that WANT rather than your NEED.
This new version of capitalism wants you to support a war in a far off land so that it can expand itself.
This new version of capitalism wants you to ignore economic crisis so the top percent can live a lavish lifestyle.
This new version of capitalism wants to keep you distracted so that it can take your money.
This new version of capitalism wants your soul.