The US economy is on the brink of collapse and I’d like to take a moment to offer an explanation as to why. Throughout history, human society has taken the shape of a pyramid with an elite few at the top, a powerless majority at the bottom and various tiers in the middle. While each culture has had its own way of assigning a person’s place on the pyramid the structure remained the same. Capitalism is without doubt the most powerful and influential pyramid scheme ever designed but it’s also the fairest. Unlike at any time in human history, with Capitalism, everyone has a chance to climb that pyramid. Your station isn’t assigned at birth and everyone has a chance to be on top. And, that’s an amazing incentive. It drives us to create and to innovate and to succeed. Without that incentive human progress would stagnate and halt. Humans are naturally competitive and capitalism rewards both the individual and society by encouraging that innate human tendency.
However, as with all things designed by man Capitalism has been corrupted. In order for Capitalism to work and to provide its benefits everyone must have an equal playing field upon which to compete. That does not mean that everyone needs to have an equal chance at success. It just means that the game must not be rigged in any party’s favor and that a person’s success be based on the worth of their efforts and the will of the market. As it stands now there are players in this game who have the clout and will to ignore all the rules both legal and ethical in an effort to maintain their wealth and privilege. And, that is what needs to be stopped if Capitalism is to continue to succeed. The idea that an institution is too big to fail is an insult to the intelligence of American citizens and to Capitalism as a whole. Succeeding through manipulative business practices and the abuse and mistreatment of your workforce is an abomination. Prioritizing corporate profits over the overall health and welfare of you company and its workers leads only to destruction.
Bear in mind that these abuses of Capitalism aren’t a fault inherent to Capitalism but a fault inherent to the human social pyramid. In every successful social hierarchy there is a sympathetic relationship between the top and the bottom as their mutual success is reliant on each other. The leaders cannot survive without good workers and the workers cannot survive without good leaders. In the past this relationship was often highly structured and codified which is something we lack in modern Capitalism. This does not make the relationship less necessary only less clear. As we stand now those at the top have become so removed from those at the bottom they are surprised to find the system failing. They literally cannot comprehend how their choices are destroying the base on which the pyramid relies. And, the social pyramid only works as long as the base of that pyramid is stable. When the base is destroyed by outsourcing and low wages and unfair labor practices it is only a matter of time before the entire pyramid comes crashing down and we need to rebuild a new one.