From Capitalism to Personalism

It seems that more than an economic crisis, we are facing a paradigm shift, and this is nothing new because this process has been happening over the last turn of the century.

Capitalism is an economic system in which private individuals and business enterprises carry out the production and exchange of goods and services through complex transactions involving prices and markets. - via Wikipedia.

But there are a couple of words that stand out in this definition: first of all, it does not speak of people but of individualsthe other word in question is marketsand those markets were hierarchical, distant and disconnected from each other. In the 20th century, the masses were won over, not the people; one radio channel was enough to get Americans out on the streets when Orson Welles came up with the script for The War of the Worlds.

Classical Capitalism understands that with capital to obtain starting products, labor and means of labor, it generates a product that is sold and with which money is earned; but it does not see people as such but as labor power, while the means of labor are in the power of the company, of capital.

But what happens when the means of labor are on the shoulders of its employees, in each of their brains? because that is the paradigm of the Knowledge Society in which we already live. Two consequences are direct: in the first place, workers' unions have no sense as we understand them today, because those structures were thought when the means of work were monopoly of the capitalist, something that only broke the idea of cooperative, and today, the worker carries his means of work in his head. The second direct consequence: the entrepreneur of the Knowledge Society must make an effort to retain talent, because with each talented worker who leaves, a part of his means of work leaves the company, that is to say, that brain furnished in part in the company that leaves to produce for another company, but does not leave the furniture in the first one.

In the 21st century people are convinced one by one, not en masse. We are many, and very communicated, perhaps we begin to be excessively communicated reaching to lose capacity to reason in depth; but we are so many and so communicated that we see ourselves equal to each other, a situation that overwhelms us and leads us to slant us to be minimally original; contact with other rare people today is easy, so that we can feel the warmth of the tribe of the rare types similar to us that are loose in the world.

The money to create a company and the material means are nowadays commodities within everyone's reach; the same cannot be said of ideas, and above all of people.


2 responses to "From Capitalism to Personalism”

  1. It would also be interesting to add to the reflection the concept of the financial world. Virtual and exponential money (derivative products). In terms of capital it creates a collateral exploitation (on those who depend on a "simple" labor force) when they burst the economy. Now the master does not even have to have a minimal relationship with the one he is stepping on.

    I found interesting the reflection that unions are not necessary, because the means of work are in the head. Well, I agree as long as we talk about the internet and if it is someone who wants to sacrifice a lot of his time to build something. And he will not have it easy compared to someone who has money. In the rest of the areas I think the thing is the same, even if you know a lot about something if you don't have money you won't be able to set up the company as you would like.


    1. I think a year ago there was more than twice as much money in derivatives than in real economy, those things make my hair stand on end and are, along with leverage what has led us to this hole; I guess you have already seen the video of the "Alabama black man's mortgage" where this story is explained very well.

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