A basic premise of economic health in capitalism is growth. Growth means more. More what? More manufacture and sale of goods, which necessitates more people and more pillaging of the natural environment. What about the growth of quality of life on the planet? Capitalism, especially global corporate capitalism, does not care about that. The glibber capitalist says that a free market will take care of all that Leftist nonsense. In fact, the free market is nonsense.
Capitalism is based on an assumption that the few will profit from the many. And that's simply the way it is. Period. What could be more intrinsically at odds with any humanist view of the world? I listened happily to Chris Hedges, who was interviewed at Occupy Wall Street on Tuesday. He is very articulate on the current threats of global capitalism to human empowerment, equality and justice.
What about individual human growth? I believe this is the commodity which could save the human species from itself. It's free, but it does not come with a simple manual. It is a construction project that requires creativity, failure and pain. It is not like a fast food meal, cheap and filling. Looking to the mind, not the wallet, for happiness inevitably leads to the rejection of capitalism as we know it. Unplugging from Apple world's i-consumerism may be bad for the stock exchange but it could be the best thing a person can do to find his/her own mind.