This is rough; I may edit it later into something more presentable.
Alan Watts pointed out in one of his lectures that our system of economy is doomed to failure. The basic premise is that we create as much crap as we can as fast as we can and, eventually, the product quality diminishes as profit margins are squeezed and costs must go lower. People do not stop to think that, once you're done cutting corners and taking shortcuts, you're going to take that money and use it in a market place where you'll by products that other people were cutting corners on when they made these. So, you can have that or you have to go outside the culture.
Watts never pointed out that this would occur in the labor market. We can see this in the way everything is made in China because nobody in the West wants to work for so little. The Chinese have decided that they're selling their labor too cheaply and the factories will move either to the PC16 nations or whatever nations replace the PC16 in the coming decades. So, once more, you have to go outside the culture.
So, what? You may say. What do we care if closed capitalism (note the adjective closed) necessitates a permanent underclass? In case you haven't noticed, that position is a rotating one based on cutthroat completion where bands of angry men organize in entities called states and raise other entities called armies, which dump metals and chemicals on one another until one side has either had enough or can no longer participate in this orgy of death and must await the judgement of their betters.
So, what? You may say. What do we care when the West left its cultural footprint all over the world? You should care because the history of Europe is nothing more than the history of resistance against cruel, hardy men from the Asiatic steppe. Russia is keenly more aware of this than Europe, which is why Muscovy moved the capital when the Russians -- culturally -- aligned themselves with Europe despite ongoing Russian denial to this reality and the inevitable acceptance that Russians must have of it if they wish to survive as a people.
So, then, closed capitalism is no one's friend because the mob is fickle and it will come to pass that leadership will change hands as it has always come to pass until it all ends, if it all ends.
What is the solution? As I said, you've got to go outside the culture. But, now the culture is Earth-sized and we have to go beyond it. Essentially, we must become the enemy we faced in the film Independence Day. I'm certain the producers knew what they were doing. The aliens are our shadow just as the agents are in the Martrix.
The fictitious president describes both the fictitious enemy and us:
They're like locusts. They travelAgent Smith describes humanity:
from planet to planet, their whole
civilization. After they've
consumed every natural resource
they move on. And we're next.
Every mammal on this planetThese statements frighten people because they believe that it's dehumanizing to think of ourselves that way. No, its deidealizing. If anything, these statements help you to get rid of your illusions/opinions. Accept what we are and how we act. If you don't like how we act ,then change how you, personally, act.
instinctively develops a natural
equilibrium with the surrounding
environment. But you humans do
not. You move to an area and you
multiply and multiply until every
natural resource is consumed and
the only way you can survive is to
spread to another area.
There is another organism on this
planet that follows the same
pattern. Do you know what it is?
But, it's always better to tell others how to act, isn't it? It's like the angry fat lady screaming down the street at one her neighbors. She was yelling all this Christian nonsense after starting a fight with someone and, in the midst of it yelled, "Lord, cleanse this house! Cleanse this house first and then cleanse my house!". Or how about the Iranian national who told me, "We don't have a problem; we are people; the bosses have a problem. Fuck United States of America and fuck Islamic Republic of Iran, but first fuck United States of America".
How about the "charitable givers" who want to send money to Africa while their own people starve? What about these jackasses who adopt kids from China when we have children in orphanages? Yeah, let's help everyone else but us and everyone else but our own people because we're right and the rest of the world is wrong and everyone else thinks that way; so they're all wrong and I'll prove it by showing them that I have time to work on others because I do not need to work on myself.
So, you can continue doing that, or you can go outside the culture by going inside of yourself and fixing your own problems. On the macro level, we need to go to space and start mining the moon and mining asteroids so that we can buy more time to figure out how to live better.
And, let's hope that Hogland's image analysis is wrong, because if there really are robot parts on the moon that means we've done this before and we still failed or there is someone out there that is bigger and badder than we.
So, we likely cannot keep expanding forever. We'll either meet someone bigger and badder or we'll do what we did in Angkor Watt, Easter Island, Giza, Chichen Itza, and every other place where a capitalist system built large, tasteless buildings, slaughtered scores of people, ate everything around them, and finally died when their societies collapsed under the weight of their own imbalance.