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Capitalism’s end game

What money wants

grim meathook future

Are human beings relevant for the engines of global capital? If so, is this relevance necessary or contingent? Do we need their agency? Do we need their labour? Do we need equality? Do we need democracy? Practically speaking, it seems that most citizens would kinda like the state to invest in maintaining a society that was not a crumbling pit of poverty awash in disease and toxic waste and ruled over by corporate robber barons.

However, given that they don’t trust the state to get anything right, same citizens would generally rather keep their tax money to spend on a nice plasma screen TV to brighten the crumbling pit of poverty, awash in disease and toxic waste, ruled over by corporate robber barons, that they seem doomed shortly to inhabit.

How to understand the successes and failures of market-democratic governance.

Participatory budgeting, participatory resource management, lack thereof Habermas, manufacturing consent, the curiously named sharing economy.

Probably want to mention Piketty and economic inequality.

To read

Yes, a lot of this is (social-) science fiction. Given the speculative nature of this question, I think that is an appropriate degree of certainty to pretend to.