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Zeitgeist- and the slow demise of Capitalism

Updated on April 2, 2012


By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Why is the world imploding? Why are leading economies failing and sending the world’s economy into chaos. In simple terms we have all been living beyond our means. Growing up in affluent counties and getting used to having everything we want in general terms, has created an unrealistic expectation. This expectation has developed an attitude that we deserve what we want regardless of our own productivity and effort in creating it.

Greed has always been the motivator of business in wealthy societies. Business sees only the possibilities for milking their efforts to the nth degree and living an unrealistic lifestyle that is prone to failure. Governments, in representing these businesses and corporations, have gone down the path of overextending their debts and through mismanagement caused economic hardship to their own.

Now we are beginning to suffer the consequences of the corruption and political agendas of our free enterprise systems. Capitalism is driven by competition and greed, the path of which can create class systems and segregation. This is not only within countries but worldwide; strong economies flourishing while poorer economies are suffering and living in poverty. The inequities in our world are astonishing, considering our combined wealth and technology.

What will it take to recognise that capitalism as it stands is tearing the world apart? With trillions of dollars being spent on weaponry and war, space exploration and political power and maintenance, is it any wonder we are about to face a new world?

The monetary systems are failing because those in control of them have their own agendas. The US Federal Reserve is a perfect example. The world bankers who are in control change interest on every influx of cash, keeping American in constant and unrelenting debt. The bankers as a consequence get wealthier from every military action, war and mismanagement of the government. While they feather their nests the US economy sinks further and further into massive irretrievable debt. When will it end?

Socialism and communism have failed outright and capitalism is now suffering the same fate. There is no simple answer but there has to be a new and more equitable view of how we create a balance and maintain prosperity throughout the world. Our resources and technology can support the world’s populations easily, yet we choose to remain separated, lost in our selfish needs and wants.

How a new world order will eventuate is hard to imagine given that no-one will want to give up whatever they have. But if nothing changes, at some point in the future, we will lose everything. Everyone wants the same things: peace, safety, shelter and food. These are fundamental needs of which much of our world’s population is deprived. We, in wealthy societies, take these things for granted. It is time we looked outside our own backyards.

Many fine minds have been working on this idea of a new world order for some time and at some point it will be invaluable for our future on earth. If you haven’t yet seen the movie ‘Zeitgeist’ this is your opportunity. I don’t advocate anything in particular, but the need for change is obvious. The movie explores some interesting ideas and delivers some astounding facts that you may not know. It gives much reason for thought.

Zeitgeist- the Movie


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading Man from Modesto. You are right, ideologies aside it is man that is corrupt and the fundamental problem. Whatever system is used for government needs to be protected from any form of corruption. That would be the only productive form of democracy.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comment Evan. It is apparent than both systems don't work. It is, in the end, human beings that are corrupt. How money is distributed differenciates the ideologies. The only systems that can work would be set up without the ability for politicians or anyone else to use the system for self-gain. Then power and money would find equity. Watch the movie.

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      Man from Modesto 6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Behind both socialism and the corruption of efficiency in business is the same force: Satan.

    • Evan G Rogers profile image

      Evan G Rogers 6 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

      Unfortunately capitalism is once again blamed for the failures of socialism.

      You can read my hubs for rebuttals to "capitalism is evil".