Capitalism: “Existential Crisis”

As the world succumbs to a corrupt form of conformity in which society mobilizes towards a criteria for success that is defined by wealth, power and deceit; the depravity of sentiment and hope becomes apparent to those who seek change and meaning in an existence that has been plagued with many more questions than answers.

The US government, once crafted as a system that would serve the interest of the people, has devolved into a system of plutocracy where corporations control both the government and the people.  Corrupt aspiration led to the establishment of a country upon a fractured foundation in which civility and morality have long been forgotten.  As the American people drink their coffee and ponder the sequence of events to transpire for that day, while blissfully listening to the sprinkler system water a healthy green lawn, millions starve a day due to the lack of basic sustenance that Americans take for granted.  Society emphasized professional and the paradigm of a successful career as the objective of life, a path paralleled by isolation and depravity.  Capitalism has driven the population to abandon their passion for the promise of riches.  This unsustainable fiscal drive of greed and lustful indiscretion has marked the growth of a country into a tyrannical empire of multinational corporations, undermining the pursuit of the supposed American Dream.  As politicians seat among their polarized party members, confident in their ideological extremist values, confident in their pledges to special interest groups and confident in their indispensability; the country spirals into anarchy. The symbolism of America’s greatness, a lure for the billions of aspiring CEOs, Lawyers and Doctors in the world, has lost its luster.  The gilded age of American has revealed itself anew, illustrating that its internal mechanics are plagued with problems.

“Here in West Philadelphia, the legion of privileged college students are equaled only by the legions of homeless, and I find it increasingly hard to justify spending $55,000 a year for a fancy Ivy League education when a third of that could save someone’s life.” – Evan Hechtman, University of Pennsylvania student

Throughout history, there are countless examples of the corruption of America and its status as a superpower.  It would only seem befitting for such a country to be home for the rise of a new wave of corruption in which corporations like Nestle and Nike manipulate foreign countries by reaping them of their resources so as to be dependent on their goods and investment.  Corporations that provide arms to waring countries to influence civil war, so as to have more viability to oil fields. This new system, a new level of dictatorial hierarchy of greed, has come to define what America stands for.  A country that survived a Cold War through the exploitation of underdeveloped countries truly inspires democratic values of equality and peace.  The concept of proxy war seems vindication enough for the corruption to which America has been inspired to incorporate into every fissure of its foundation.  At the core of capitalism is the drive for power through wealth and America fuels this drive by its foreign policy in the past and present, exploiting all countries too weak to fend off its grasping hands.  Evidently, the capitalist structure of America has allowed for the fruition of corruption because of the country’s pursuit of power through wealth and foreign exploitation, leading by example the strength that come through such heedless negligence of morality.

“At the end of the day, you truly only have yourself, and that’s the hardest thing about life, the knowledge that you will one day look back on your life and not know how you will feel.  In the end, you have to live with yourself, so don’t make decision based on other people’s or society’s expectations of what people should do.” – Oliver Acosta, George Washington University student

America’s history and its people have created an obscene and materialistic world which deprives people of their humanity.  To exist in today’s society is to be defined by wealth, to risk falling into eternal damnation of poverty or conforming to the lines of exploitative elites, where the pursuit of endless amounts of money becomes the meaning of life.  The government has alienated the people, leaving them alienated and politically homeless, allowing for a growing disparity between the leaders of this nation and its supposed Selectorate, those that the government was intended to represent.  Without a guiding line, an enlightened despot to provide a meaning for this accumulation of confused and lost individuals has only fueled the growth of capitalism.  Resorting to this primal instinct to manipulate and abuse others misfortunes has fueled the recession and the ineptitude for solutions, as those in control still benefit from the carnage that are short sales, fore closures and liquidation.  Though times have changed and civility has come with modernization, the brutish profiteering of society has also modernized into the fiscal structure.  The pursuit of power, of wealth, is the defining line of capitalist society.  It is ingrained into us from birth and everyday society is reminded of the consequences of failure, of not being cruel enough to take at someone else’s expense.

“Life is a series of choices and what lies ahead of you will be the accumulation of these choices.  You have the drive to be different, to challenge the system, and be happy.  You need to realize that life is yours for the taking and just because life can be cruel, it does not mean that you have to succumb to blissful conformity.” – Michael Eylerts, Florida State University student

Be it denial or ignorance, the indifference of good people is the reason for so many of society’s problems.  It’s the indifference of people that allows those truly corrupt and power-hungry to excel at staining society their capitalist stench.  Corruption and intolerance in a world that is fueled by greed is what has grown to encompass the suburban family.  For many people, life is simpler without delving into its hidden crevices but few have seen this corruption and senseless injustice that is depriving people of their rights.

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10 responses to “Capitalism: “Existential Crisis”

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  4. If there is anything wrong with modern society, you are it’s symptom, not it’s solution. Wall Street is missing one of it’s Occupiers.

    • To begin, I do support the Occupy Movement because it is a demonstration of the peoples’ will, despite it being highly disorganize and rather ineffective. This movement has demonstrated the accountability of the elite, the power that the people should have over the political and fiscal system. The elite (1%) have been allowed a free reign for too long and I believe the Occupy Movement is an expression of a general belief held by a large majority that has had enough with a system run by elites.
      To move on, “if there is anything wrong with modern society”?. I would like to redirect you to my Tab entitled, “Anti-Flag” to demonstrate you a few of the problems that our society has. Modern Society is founded on corruption, disparity, poverty, suppression and the inhumane treatment of people just like us. With propaganda justifying actions as a means to suppression fanatical Muslims, Communists, etc. the system has proliferated its own form of state sponsored terrorism to pillage and slaughter lands abroad. Most of this is funded and supported by a capitalist hierarchical society in which all the power rests in the hands of a few conservative capitalists. The youth are indoctrinated into the system in which money can bring anything, and can forgive anything. The youth are indoctrinated into the theology whilst millions go hungry and homeless. I will end this rant here.
      I’m its symptom, not it’s solution. I can hardly say that one person will be a solution. Rather, I will say that I stand as part of its solution. I stand will hundreds of others that have seen the need for change, the need to restore the peoples’ will into the infrastructure. The people are the fuel for the system, and we have the power to change it as well. So, I may not be the solution by myself, but with other, we will be.

  5. I’d like to point out some confusing and possibly conflicting points you have made. In particular, I will say that I do not think greed is the primary social evil; instead, I propose that seeking power is; and as such, governments, not just multi-national corporations, are chief offenders.

    At the beginning, you state that “society” is mobilizing towards three criteria for success: “wealth, power and deceit”. You go on what seems like a tangent to talk about the meaning of existence, and questions and answers. At this point, I’m confused. I don’t understand what capitalism or American politics has to do with the average person’s existential crisis. It seems like you are bunching together everything in the world that at first glance looks at all bad, and just spewing that out and associating each bad thing with each other bad thing. You should not look at it that way. I will quote: “…What the meaning of human life may be I don’t know: I incline to suspect that it has none. All I know about it is that, to me at least, it is very amusing while it lasts.”

    Now, I happen to agree with you that society is corrupt. Hedonism and shortsightedness are unbelievably prevalent these days, in terms of the populace, and I hate it. In terms of institutions, I (and I think most people who are not too busy apologizing and mentally covering their tracks) also agree: corporations are given free reign by the government, and rule the lives of people to a great extent. They also harm countless others, particularly underprivileged foreigners.

    But I’d still like to question what you’re saying. The three criteria you identify, are they really bad? For instance, “wealth”. The way you talk, I almost feel like you are preemptively defining wealth in a negative light, with each little phraseology you use. But is wealth a bad thing? Think about it. Seeking after wealth is seeking after plenty. The opposite would be to… seek after not having enough? Something in the middle might be to seek to have a good amount, but no more. Neither of these makes any sense. People don’t seek for exact amounts of money. They don’t plan that far ahead. They just seek to be great, to actualize their potential. That’s what I try to do.

    You say: “At the core of capitalism is the drive for power through wealth and America fuels this drive by its foreign policy in the past and present, exploiting all countries too weak to fend off its grasping hands.”

    The reason it seems you don’t like money in plentiful amounts (i.e. wealth) is that you think it can only be used to have control over others. But that just isn’t true. The creation of capital by individuals in the 21st century has allowed people in far-away locations to communicate more easily, via telecommunications and the internet. These days, I can communicate with my close friends in New York and Indiana and Vietnam all very easily. And I happen to think that is about the greatest thing in the world, to be more connected.

    However, let us move on to “power”. I agree that institutions that seek out power or control over people, like corporations, are pretty scary and evil. In fact, I think I’d say it is the primary social wrong, to seek out power. This is why the government, not corporations, are the root of the problem. The government is an institution which is filled entirely with people who seek control over others–that’s why they are where they are, because they think they have a talent at “organizing” other people’s lives better than these people themselves know how. Government is where we invest all our belief that violence is okay; it is the moral sanction for all that is wrong in society. The monopolies and the patents of corporations flow from it, and empower the corporations thereby to do whatever they want (via lobbies and corruption with which you are very familiar, I’m sure).

    Neither money nor greed are the problem. The problem is that your government treats you like livestock, and allows those corporations to extend their greed over what they should not naturally not be able to: you.

    • First,I like to thank you for your thorough response. It was very insightful.
      Second, since this was written, I have gone one to define more of my focus when it comes to the corruption of power and wealth (be it governments, corporations, or general capitalist hierarchy). If you have the time, I think you may be interested in checking out the TAG: “Anti-Flag”. Within that tag are a lot more concentrated posts on some of the ideas you have brought.
      This post was a random incursion I did into a more opinionated piece and was actually started by a friend of mine who was in the midst of a moral dilemma (apparently) about the justification for spending thousands on an Ivy League education whilst millions starve, to know in the end all that he will succeed in doing is being incorporated into the conveyor belt of accountants, lawyers, doctors, bankers, etc.
      Lastly, let me see if I can go about responding to your comment. I think that the pursuit of wealth has ties to the indoctrination of the peoples into the pursuit of materialism, forcing them to pursue more at the expense of their individuality and civility. I think it is oft stated that wealth leads to corruption; rather, the pursuit of wealth in many ways can be associated with corruption. To set up a parameter, I am not suggesting that wealth is inherently a vile thing. Wealth, of course, has many ties to democratic institutions. Wealth has also paved the way for many innovation in science and technology. Nevertheless, the pursuit of wealth and many who posses vasts amounts of it are wicked and corrupt people. Governments seeking to emerge from recession, seek to exploit weaker nations for their resources. Many of the corporate leaders have risen because they undercut those around them, rose on the demise of others. This is all very general, but if you would like specifics, again I will point you towards the TAG “Anti-Flag”. Within that tag is a more concise series of posts that concentrate on specifics and, I think, do a rather sound job of illustrating my perspective.
      In the end, this is my perspective and I am always open to hear those of others. I think that’s the point of blogging too, to be open-minded and willing to hear counter views.

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