Capitalism + Consumerism | The Art of Coveting

Johnny L Brewer

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I’ve seen a lot of content as of late of many young people who seem to be disgruntled with the current job market. They compare having a job as a modern-day form of slavery. Many refer to it as wage slavery. They believe many people have become slaves to their employers. Handcuffed and shackled by their need for a paycheck. I can see this point of view and have pondered this train of thought over the last few days.


The current economic and political system that we operate under in the United States is capitalism. Capitalism is a system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit rather than by the state. In theory, this system allows people to earn an optimal reward for the amount of work that they are…

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One thought on “Capitalism + Consumerism | The Art of Coveting

  1. Love it. Spot on with the analysis. Here in the UK it seems that the more desperate people become, the more betting shops open. There is no apparent limits on the quantity of debt that people can accrue, with the “credit” companies, banks and lenders all queueing up to allow people who cannot apparently afford the debt to increase their debt, thereby allowing the credit companies to foreclose on said debt and put said poor(er) person out on the street in theory. The way of the world seems to have changed in the last 40-50 years from “I will save and get” to “I want, I want, I want”.

    It’s the same with rushing people back to work whilst the virus rollout has yet to reach a tipping point in numbers provided. Without consumers, the business cannot sell their wares and cannot employ said people on below living cost wages to make said goods to sell to people who cannot afford said goods anymore as they are penniless or dead. Maybe somewhat apocalyptic but..

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