Down the rabbit whole we go ( and I put the spade to the ground first ).
Marx predicted our current predicament.
But I think it might be a little too much to ask of a man dead so long to postulate a solution to problems we face today.
John Maynard Keynes said ( in a round about way ) that the increasing productivity of the worker in industrial countries would increase so much we would work 10 hours a week and define ourselves not by what we do for a living but by what we do with our free time.
Well we did get those huge leaps in productivity but we did not get the dividend of free time.
FDR wanted to draft a billl of rights that included to freedom from fear and hunger, basic rights to useful employment and security in old age.
What we have today is fear, hunger, anger, unemployment they are after pensions too…
We are at a turning point in history not just economic systems and political forms but the whole biosphere hangs on what conditions we are prepared to tolerate and how will divide the spoils.
Does a man exists to serve the economy or does the economy exists for any reason other than to serve the hole of society.
Excerpt from Chaplin’s speech at the end of the great dictator reminds me of a familiar path traveled once before.
And we were warned
"Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …… "
Colossus, The Forbin Project, great film