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Friday, November 26, 2021

The Four Stages of Capitalism

Capitalism has not made man a better being—it has only made him a better killer and plunderer. The philistines in earlier times were armed with swords, spears, and clubs. The philistines in our times, thanks to capitalism, are armed with tanks, fighter planes, missiles, and nuclear weapons. By bringing the power of technology to the philistines, capitalism has worsened the state of humanity. The capitalists of our time might be dressed in Armani suits, they might have college degrees, they might be capable of sophisticated speech, but at the mental level they are no better than Genghis Khan’s Mongol warriors who smashed into several kingdoms, massacred millions, and conquered the largest land empire in history. 

Looking at the history of North America in the last 500 years, it can be surmised that a capitalist society passes through four stages:

First stage: Dominated by conquistadors, imperialists, warlords, and enslavers.

Second stage: Dominated by demagogues, robber barons, expansionists, technocrats, and conservatives.

Third stage: Dominated by fascists, democrats, liberals, hippies, libertarians, neoconservatives, and multinationals. 

Fourth stage (the final phase which is yet to arrive): Dominated by Crusaders, Nazis, Stalinists, or some new type of totalitarians. 

The number one capitalist country in the last 120 years, the USA, is now on the verge of reaching the fourth or the final stage of capitalism. This country has already lost a lot of its civil liberties and in the next 10 to 25 years, it will be under a tyrannical regime. Try to imagine the kind of destruction that a tyrannical regime can unleash once it gains control over the politics of the USA. The military infrastructure that American capitalism has created will fall into the hands of tyrants. In the initial days of the fourth stage, most Americans would not realize that they were living in a tyranny because their intellectuals and  24/7 media would convince them that their government was democratic. By and by, when the violence would start, they would realize that they had lost everything—by then it would be too late for them to oppose the regime. 

It is possible that the USA might get weakened by a series of civil wars, revolutions, and counterrevolutions—if this happens then the Chinese, Middle Eastern, South American, and Russian forces might try to capture slices of American power. Once the religious and demographic character of America is transformed then that will lead to similar transformations in Western Europe. No one can predict how the world will be in the post-capitalist phase. One thing is certain, it will be unlike the world that we had in the modern age (last 400 years). The entity called “the West” could vanish forever into the pages of history books.

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