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'Our financialised economy is short-term, crisis-prone and deeply unequal. As always it is the poorest who are forced to pick up the tab for the crimes of big finance.'
(Global Justice Now email 14 September 2018; also read here)

Capitalism creates Inequality
  • Inequality in a capitalist system = mental ill health five times more common than in the most equal societies. Many other disadvantages too. (See The Spirit Level book)
  • Inequality in a capitalist system = discontent, as few actually become wealthy = a police state or revolution = violence is inevitable. (See 'The Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2, first aired on BBC, 2015)
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Capitalism creates Poverty

(1) Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half' (BBC, posted and accessed 16 January 2017). Then there are the fat cats, the oligarchs, the footballers, the celebrities, the bankers, the global corporations, etc. They conceal their money offshore unethically or illegally, and deprive society of funds for the betterment of society (e.g. paying undervalued and underpaid carers and public servants). All this is disgusting.

Contrast this with the Hadza, where
sharing is a moral obligation without expectation of return (Survival, image 8 of 18, accessed 30 October 2012).
Once upon a time, only a few decades ago, bankers were paid the same as nurses and teachers (
'The Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2, first aired on BBC, 2015).
I do not value these overpaid people and remain stupefied at how they get away with impoverishing and damaging society.
I do value the carers and the bulk of humanity who are crushed by the reality of capitalism.

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(2) Capitalism not only creates material poverty, but also spiritual, collective and emotional poverty. Its exploitative mantra is 'growth, growth, growth' instead of 'Love, Love, Love.' We need happiness economics.

(3) Consider modern Rich World education and its deep interconnection with poverty and capitalism (notes from 
documentary Schooling the World [also see here]):-
  • The modern education system that started in the Industrial revolution of the 18th century was not created to help humans deal with life and all its problems, and be independent citizens able to live in community. Rather, it was intended: (1) to be part of the industrial production system, manufacturing human machines that could be slotted in to the system to achieve wealth for the few, at the expense of the many; (2) to support European colonial expansion. Modern education in the Poor World does the same, pulling people off the land, away from their culture and self-respect, and makes people dependent on a centralised economy.
  • We need to question what becoming part of the mainstream means today? It means a Western urban consumer culture, where the local culture is perceived as backward, primitive, shameful. It means putting everything local into the service of the global economy, so 'Education for All' = train everyone to suit the greed of giant, global corporations.
  • Poor world people sell everything to allow their children to follow the success story that education offers, but only about 10% succeed. Modern education is creating worldwide inequality. Modern education is creating failure!! Can you see this? The failed 90% are in-between people, neither suited to the modern world nor their local culture. They are cast adrift, depressed and purposeless, vulnerable to drugs, alcohol, debt, exploitation, prostitution, etc. 
  • There is a widespread belief that modern education lifted and lifts people out of poverty. But the truth is that the arrival of colonialism, development and aid created poverty! Poverty does not exist in pre-modern cultures!!
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Capitalism is not Sustainable
It rapes the planet Earth.
We need simplicity, simple lives in harmony with nature and God/Goddess.

"If everybody lives like the rich people, we need two other planets. Live on this planet with seven billion people in a way that we can all live." (Ervin Laszlo, 2006)

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Capitalism fucks with Evolution
'Survival of the fittest' as a violent competitive process is a corruption of Darwinism. Industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that it justified an economy of vicious competition and inequality.
This has given rise to a corporate, capitalist dominated world, which is actually threatening our survival and that of many species - see here.
  • 'Reality check... Capitalism is an abomination which inflates ego, not mind or spirit!' (himalayanbear, posted 18 November 2017, accessed 20 November 2017)
  • Wealth sharing and co-operation are more consistent with Darwinism. (See Eric Michael Johnson, posted 3 May 2013, accessed 3 November 2016; also check out the ideas of Peter Kropotkin and his book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution)
  • Traits like co-operation, sharing and compassion have been at the basis of the most dramatic steps in the history of all life. (See Michael Le Page, New Scientist, posted 16 April 2008, accessed 3 November 2016). 
So, success - or the fittest adaptation - is 'survival of the most loving'. But we are living in that corporate capitalist economy with its inequality and unsustainable lifestyle...

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