Under the article Capitalism and Zeitgeist he wrote to me interesting comment a man nicknamed "BCL" writing a blog Imbecyl.blogspot.com. I reacted to it - and I bring you this reaction here in a separate article.
I do not agree with what you have written here and I am convinced that you are already wrong in the very essence of the matter. Man in today's world (not only in our country) is not able to "live his life". Influencing the current system of values, inclusion in social structures and the geopolitical aspects of living fundamentally change people's lives without them being directly aware of their impact. In other words, most people do not know the potential of their lives because they did not even have the opportunity to know it due to these influences. The system of "modern capitalism" deepens the impact of these negative aspects on selected strata of society.
On the other hand, I admit that I do not yet know of any system that can solve this problem perfectly. It also remains true that the basic principles of capitalism contain some elements that are not entirely reprehensible. However, their current application, which is aimed mainly at profit, not at the needs of individuals, is a step significantly outside the tendencies that, in my opinion, the community of people should take.
I believe that current capitalism needs to be changed or developed into another form of community. Unfortunately, at the moment I have no idea what. So I don't know the answers and that's why I try to continue my studies and continue my search.
As you probably already understand, I'm not even a follower of Zeitgeist. Nevertheless, I believe that this movement also has its positive potential. I see its benefit mainly in the potential of opening my eyes to other possibilities. People need to know that there are potentially other options. This makes them freer and more conscious. However, Zeitgeist also does not offer a complete solution and, within certain limits, could be a step backwards.
"Man in today's world (not only in our country) is not able to 'live his life.' Influencing the current system of values, inclusion in social structures and the geopolitical aspects of living fundamentally change people's lives without them being directly aware of their impact. In other words, most people do not know the potential of their lives because they have not had the opportunity to know it because of these influences. The system of "modern capitalism" deepens the impact of these negative aspects on selected sections of society. "
You're right. In nationalized education, there is no innovation in teaching and the required diversity of disciplines. People are forced to believe the only "truths" of the state, because the promoters of "marginal" ideas are either forbidden or do not get into the media (each state has its own RRTV). Artificial state manipulation of basic interpersonal information (prices) through the interest rate makes us unaware and forces us to do activities we would not otherwise do. I completely agree with you, except that this is not capitalism. We live in corporatism, which was one of the "components" of fascism. A certain form of socialism.
"I believe that current capitalism needs to be changed or developed into another form of community. Unfortunately, at the moment I have no idea what. "
Your search is in vain. We can't search The "world order" that should be. We then act as a central planner, the absolute ruler of the people, telling them how they should live. If in self-sufficient communes, a global "state", a world without property, etc. - It's still the same. Dictation.
However, I also have a certain vision of the future that I would like to achieve. Since no one knows what "world" would suit all people, let people make their own world. Let us get rid of aggression (now monopolized in the state) and give ourselves the right to defend ourselves against foreign aggression. Let people decide on their lives and the fruits of their lives (their possessions) as they see fit. Let's give people the freedom to create their own better future.
And yes, that's my vision. My vision is freedom, what is yours?
If my vision is freedom, it would be most wrong to construct better worlds. After all, no one knows how someone will behave tomorrow, let alone say how people will behave in the distant "better future".
We can say this only at the moment when we want to order people to behave. But it is no longer freedom, it is no longer my vision.
My vision is often called capitalism. It is often confused with today's corporate socialism and interventionism. I say it quite simply: freedom.
@ Lukáš Kubec: Maybe you're right that I'm kind of looking for a world order. But I'm not looking for something to tell people how or not to live. I am looking for something that would allow people to live "freely" and fully develop their personal potential. Basically something similar to what you tried to outline in your commentary, but more distant from the original idea of capitalism. The problem, however, is in the word "freely." His understanding is so different in so many people, and yet it expresses essentially a similar desire. But it is also possible that the word "freedom" is still just a kind of forerunner for us. We still do not know its true essence.
I think that such a search is never unnecessary. Even if the end is never over, the very search for a person opens up new possibilities that he did not even dream of at first. This in itself "liberates" the person.
If you are looking for a substitute for capitalism, you have to come up with something that goes against human property rights. That is, to something that is a direct attack on human life and human freedom. And if one does not have freedom, one cannot develop because one cannot (decide on oneself).
The search for an artificial order for "everything" is always a dictation if it violates people's property rights. Just like today. Like any form of socialism.
To let people be and let them develop, to let them decide and leave them free means to let them own the right and let them exchange freely - to let people have capitalism.