Capitalism is quietly erasing the idea of private property. All products are effectively becoming rentals, and the companies can revoke your right to use them whenever they feel like it. It's becoming increasingly difficult to actually own anything. Media is streamed, and devices are locked from the users.

It's hilarious how all the things people were afraid of happening under communism are actually happening under capitalism.

@yogthos as I understand it, all the problems with implementing socialism/communism exist in capitalism too because the problems aren't with the ideological or economic system, they're with us.

A troll I spoke to once said "what we need isn't a better system, it's better humans". I disagree, I expect an infallible system could be created, but it definitely hasn't been yet.

@qy what makes capitalism such a terrible system is precisely the fact that it tends to encourage the worst human traits like egoism.

My view is that the best way to improve society is by reducing inequality. As long as some people have more influence over society than others, they're going to subvert it to their desires. Reducing inequality directly helps address this problem.

@yogthos I agree, and I generally have no problem with the alternatives to capitalism, but implementing them leaves the implementor open to the outbreaks of fascism that every nation that has tried has experienced.

It's gonna be nigh impossible to dethrone capitalism without a considerably higher social trust index, and considerably more trustworthy humans, but those are the things that capitalism needs to be functional let alone bearable.


@qy @yogthos the way I see it as a physicist, capitalism is the most dominant system right now only because it is the most stable right now given all current boundary conditions. Efforts to move away from capitalism will easily bounce back towards capitalism if those conditions remain the same. Capitalism thrives mostly because of growth from scarcity, which is unfortunately detrimental to both equality and trust, so I wouldn't say it's the correct starting point for changing the big picture.

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