Saturday, October 4, 2008

I wonder as I wander...

Without the Protestant ethic, what will be left of the spirit of capitalism?

In the land of the pilgrims' pride, the Protestant ethic is all but abandoned.
Cheap energy, which replaced it, cannot sustain capitalism much longer.

Without any spirit to motivate the immense work that the maintenance of capitalism requires, all that contends to replace it is technology and old-fashioned ruthlessness.
There is not even a coherent ideology around any longer to drive it; only inertia, avarice and fear.

Capitalism has outlived the spirit that nurtured it.
Only decadence and misery, mediated by exploitation, will remain.

The rapacious ethic and the spirit of exploitation.
Who will have the time to write it?

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