A strong economy is a lot like Democracy; it is irrelevant if we are governed appropriately. Think about it, we have more jobs and longer hours, I don’t know about ever, but I’d say it is close considering women entering the work force, yet we have automation technology? What are we all working so much for? Because GDP depends on a consumer base, but consumerism is clearly wasteful, yet we justify it by saying standard of living benefits from it? Not really, standard of living inadvertently and slightly benefits from it as a bi-product of Capitalist agenda, honestly.
I have no problem with people earning privilege beyond a decent standard, but let’s be realistic; the surplus of a few taking priority over the decent standard across the board is admittedly a breach of the public trust, if first the public trust is met then there is nothing obscene about the elite surplus. Really possessions are not fulfilling, experiences are, it is just a number of possessions happen to provide fulfilling experiences. However there are a lot of sustainable experiences out there to exploit; with automation doing a lot of the leg work, a decent standard of living met for people to be in the position to attain their own potential, and experiences rated on a scale of sustainability, the few remaining jobs can serve to grant opportunities for people to indulge the less sustainable experiences, but it would only mean a fairly measured opportunity for citizens to work, unless they can capitalise on their own potential in accordance to that scale of sustainability.
Real leadership can make that work, real leadership can maximise quality of life in a responsible balance with sustainability, but only after that decent standard of living is met. If the influential want to remain influential, they better start buying into these socially and environmentally friendly directions, because it is insanity to soldier on with the current trend, it stopped being cool quite some time ago.
I’m not against Capitalism, but it does depend on what context you use it. They say a “Capitalist society”? No, we have Capitalists in our society, but our society isn’t a Capitalist society. Social Capitalism is better known as Socialism.
Then you could Capitalise the citizens themselves; adequately prepare each citizen with the requirements they can use to pursue their own potential, according to their self-determination.
Capitalism is a great word, a great concept, under the right circumstances a great system, what we have now is not Capitalism, what we have is what happens when dominant economic entities are allowed to prevail beyond any competition, or in arrangements with relatively equal contemporaries, in order to maximise their situation.
We don’t have Capitalism, we don’t have Democracy, those are our roots but not our reality, we have a mutant freak show going on here, and whenever the beauties of Capitalism and Democracy are shown to you, you are actually seeing the world as it was, not the world as it is.
What is it with you people and your sense of entitlement?
You think just because humans are born as humans they deserve a buch of free shit and an easy ride through life, for no fucking reason?
How did mankind get so fucking spoiled?
You want something, you fight for it. End of story.
If you’re not willing, you don’t deserve privileges.
No matter how much you try to escape reality with your communities and high-flying ideas, you will inevitably fail miserably.
You can’t thwart reality, and even if you could you shouldn’t.
This world gave you a life, asking for nothing in return.
If you demand more than that, then YOU are the greedy, privileged, spoiled dusthead.
Yes, people are entitled to a bunch of things humanity has developed over time that can help them become more rounded individuals. I would say that if you don’t give a kid enough, they cannot grow, if you give a kid too much, they don’t want to grow, so I half agree with your comment.
But I don’t need anything, I’m fine as I am, I just acknowledge that there are certain inefficiencies about how society is doing things, well that depends on how you look at it; what I see as inefficiencies are actually the cause of some profitable opportunities that can be exploited. So one mans trash is another mans treasure I suppose.