The Problem in Slightly Different Terms

This is an interesting article. I'm not sure that this effectively identifies the cultural problem. That is not so much a criticism as a recognition of the complexity of the situation that we have allowed to evolve in the late late 20th century world.

Late stage capitalism allows no acceptable role in society but consumer and corporate entity. The consumer must consume, even though we know that we will die because of this, while the corporate entity has power, i.e. capital, but no responsibility.

The process is to push all responsibility for any disaster current or pending onto the consumer while denying all responsibility for the corporate entity. The managers are droids of the corporate entity and speak only in terms of abstract conditions that they are unable to control.

This results in those who have power having no responsibility while those with all responsibility have no power. This allows continuation of a system that is protected from all change. In our world there is room only for unquestioning acceptance of private ownership, endless consumption, and death. This is the condition of capitalist realism.

The neoliberal world order created this condition and lost control of it. The result is powerless rebellion unable to find leadership except in the absurdity of fascist reaction. And that only accelerates the collapse.

In the disastrous disintegration of the modern, western culture capitalist realism is taking on new life as we must learn how to penetrate the walls and restore responsibility in order to develop a completely new concept of reality. The dawning of the age of endless pandemic and climate disaster requires this now. But we have almost no language left that has not been corrupted by the forms of capitalist realism.

As an example sustainability can only be seen as an absence and not reality. Yet sustainability and communal responsibility must now be at the center of our lives.

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Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .

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