People Are Mocking The Dystopian Capitalism We’re Living In, And Here Are 35 Of Their Spot-On Posts
Anyone has the ability to flourish if they work hard enough for it, right? Regardless of where they come from or what family they are born into, if people just pick themselves up by their bootstraps — the sky is the limit. Or at least that’s what they tell us. Because while capitalism has fuelled economic growth and increased our standard of living, people are hesitant to back a system that now seems to offer little other than uncertainty and crisis.
So it’s no surprise that so many are dissatisfied with how unjust the system we’re living in actually is. And two corners on the internet capture these feelings, the 'Capitalism In Decay' subreddit and the capitalism criticizing page on Facebook. People over there are holding up a mirror to society and showing off examples of how upside-down our world can seem, one image at a time.
We’ve gone through these two communities and handpicked a selection of accurate and insightful posts that might shake you up, make you laugh and cry at the same time, or at least give a few thought-provoking ideas to consider. So continue scrolling and share your thoughts with us in the comments! And if you’re interested in even more anti-capitalist content, be sure to check out our previous publication right here.
As Dr. Ron Roberts, a chartered psychologist, lecturer at Kingston University, and author of several books such as Mental Health in Crisis and Psychology and Capitalism: The Manipulation of Mind, pointed out, capitalism is about creating endless wants and needs.
"[It is about] creating the idea that there is something inherently deficient in us — and that when we cannot cope, it is because of individual weakness, defect or fragility, rather than the exploitative nature of the system," the psychologist told Bored Panda. "This is reflected in the mental health system which identifies any difficulties in coping as illness or disorder. No matter how inhuman the system, we are supposed to manage without problems."
It’s Too Expensive, There’s Absolutely No Way It Can Work... /S
In theory, capitalism as a system may sound simple. It is rewarding effort, growth, and innovation, all while fueling the economic growth of human civilization. This system encourages the free market and provides opportunities for everyone willing to put in the work. But as great as it sounds on paper, the reality is much more complicated than that.
Capitalism has a bad reputation for causing inequality and alienation. Many workers see it as corrupt, unethical, uncaring, and often in line with what’s in the minds of the people in power. The capitalist society is maximizing profits like there’s no tomorrow, and it’s beginning to look like it’s going too far. After all, things have been getting pretty dystopian, from overworked employees that are having enough of being exploited to the middle class shrinking at alarming rates, and to the soaring inflation that makes it feel almost impossible to afford to be a person anymore.
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What we see now often gets labeled as late-stage capitalism, a popular catch-all phrase that refers to the inequalities and injustices of the contemporary economy. As Kimberly Amadeo, the president of World Money Watch explained, it highlights the unrealistic views of the wealthiest 1% and describes how the middle class is largely unaware of the struggles of the poor. "It's the sense that monopolies, and the oligarchs that run them, have rigged the system in their favor," she wrote. "Many feel that capitalism's winners may even favor inequality. With it, they have fewer competitive threats. They 'rig the system' by creating barriers to entry."
This phrase expresses people’s frustrations with the modern capitalist society, something that has been years in the making. In the hunt for never-ending profit, capitalism as a whole has disappointed people and even started failing them. Many are questioning our world and why it allows a select few to thrive while the rest of society has a hard time trying to make ends meet.
Only The Rich Can Be So Brave /S
It's Ok To Hate This Dominant Economic State Of The World
According to Denise Stanley, a professor of economics at California State University-Fullerton, capitalism may have lifted millions of people out of absolute poverty, but inequality can be corrosive within a society. "Absolute poverty is basically folks are able to get… $4 per day per person. It’s a threshold measure," she explained.
The economy is growing, but income inequality can make people feel insecure as their relative status in the economy declines. Behavioral economists have shown that "our status compared to other people, our happiness, is derived more by relative measures and distribution than by absolute measures. If that’s true then capitalism has a problem," Stanley said.
"Capitalism is inherently exploitative," Dr. Roberts told us. "What we have now is a form of capitalism in which the social constraints on its operation given by the power of organized labor are perhaps at their weakest for some considerable time. The system always seeking new expanding markets now seeks to commoditize all aspects of human behavior and feeling."
"Capitalism has always been at odds with many human values — as its overriding purpose is to produce profit, not human well-being. Treating human beings as commodities effectively turns them into things, sources of profit. As the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm remarked, it turns human life away from the enjoyment of being into seeking relationships based on possessing or 'having.'"
Slavery Didn't End. It Evolved
Financial expert Sam Dogen told us in an earlier interview that there is no perfect economic system. "However, capitalism is the best system we've got that advances technology, increases productivity and efficiency, and gives people a chance to improve their financial situation. Capitalism provides people the most hope to get ahead based on hard work. Therefore, I believe capitalism will remain the system going forward," he explained.
However, the system's shortcomings have become extremely apparent, especially in the past few years. "The biggest flaw to capitalism is nepotism and family dynasties," Dogen told us. "This happens when the extraordinarily wealthy hoard their wealth and provide favors to their friends and children. This helps ensure the rich get richer and the powerful stay powerful. Nepotism doesn't mean the rest of us can't get ahead as well. It just means that certain people will have a much easier time getting ahead than others."
Decaying Capitalism Spares No One
Can We Change This Death March System?
Dr. Roberts added that when it comes to pointing out capitalism’s weaknesses, the list can get disturbingly long: "The idea of perpetual growth, individualism, the fundamentally amoral nature of the economic system…" However, it isn’t helpful to see things in terms of binary opposites, the psychologist argued. "The systems in which we live need to change and are doing — but they need to be pushed in a more pro-human, pro-environmental direction."
Unsure how to deal with their bottled-up feelings, thousands of people are voicing their concerns online in a bid to find ease knowing some like-minded people agree that capitalism seems to be in conflict with human values. But as Dr. Roberts noted, looking for comfort is not the answer.
"We must seek to live better lives whether they are comfortable or not and extend warmth, support and friendship to as many people as we can," he told us. "We must learn to deal with our emotional responses to the unfolding chaos and turmoil around us — not by suppressing them but by sharing them, feeling them and continuing to think about what to do while we feel them," he concluded.