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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)

The US stuck with consumerism and large-scale industry through the Great Depression, 7-10% unemployment of the 70s and 80s, the 87 market crash, the Asian crisis, the dot-com boom, the 9/11 recession, etc. The DOW is still higher than it was back in 2002. What indication is there that people will suddenly decide to drastically change their lifestyles now?

The unemployment rate is 2% higher than it was a year ago. As unemployment rates go, that's a significant jump, but on a scale of 1-100, 2 is a very small number. We're all still going to work, filling our cars up with gas, coming home, watching Gray's Anatomy, College football, going to Target , etc. There is no change and no reason to expect one.

I am dubious about studies re: happiness. It is uncertain if we can even achieve a positive balance of happiness over the course of our lives. What makes us human is that we are perpetually dissatisfied. All of our industry and artistic creations are manifestations of this dissatisfaction. If we were easy to satisfy, we would be content to just stare at the first thing we lay our eyes on.

I would prefer to say that capitalism is a sick system because in its obsession for efficiency, accumulation and utlity it creates a landscape of crude and unimaginative buildings, vehicles, tools products, and citizens.


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