Capitalism, socialism, communism and all the other “isms” today have a fatal flaw. They’re all based on the idea of unlimited growth in a finite environment. They will all go into the dust bin of history after this bottleneck we’re entering is over. That is, of course, if there’s anybody left.
Is there something better? Of course there is. It’s called cooperation and sharing. It’s the way humans and our ancestors lived for millions of years before agriculture gave certain people the ability to control the food supply and hoard wealth and therefore use other humans as tools. Mostly as tools to control more wealth.
After having studied various cultures from hunter-gatherers to “capitalists”, I’ve come to the conclusion that greed is a disease that is anti-survival in the long term. It will be bringing down our entire society within the next few decades, from the combined forces of environmental degradation (global warming and other poisoning of our own environment) and resource depletion (peak oil, peak phosphorous, peak food) and the few who make it out of this century will be lucky to survive, although they certainly might not feel that way.
Point in fact – The number one cause of virtually all our problems today, from terrorism to economic problems, is overpopulation. The greedy ones continually promote population growth because it gives them more perceived “power”. I say “perceived power” because in the long run, no matter what money or “power” you have, you end up dead.
Just ask Steve Jobs…