by Alex Pietrowski
November 19, 2015
Pietrowski is an
artist and writer concerned with preserving good health
and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
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Similar to the end of feudalism hundreds
of years ago, is capitalism to be replaced by a new type of social
infrastructure and an emergence of a new kind of human being?
Many believe that the much-needed shift
has already started, as the message that capitalism is not working
becomes louder and clearer.
The system of monopolies, industrial
giants, banks and governments has been so focused on privatization and
commercialism that it has resulted in scarcity and inequality,
lacking the vision of true freedom and abundance for all.
As the era of capitalism forges on,
people are starting to realize the extent of its failures.
Capitalism has been deficient in
ensuring that basic human necessities are available to all, and has
driven many people and even nations into financial ruin,
enslaved by their jobs or by their creditors.
Feudalism was an economic system structured by
customs and laws about "obligation". Capitalism was structured
by something purely economic: the market.
We can predict, from this, that post-capitalism -
whose precondition is abundance - will not simply be a modified
form of a complex market society.
But we can only begin to grasp
at a positive vision of what it will be like.
The End of Capitalism has Begun
The shift into a new
post-capitalism era is not likely to happen on a mass scale, but
in a modular manner as different people, in different places, and at
different speeds transform society, as in the example of
Open Source Ecology, an organization that is helping to usher in
a new type of collaborative global 'maker' culture:
Some would argue that the pre-era of
post-capitalistic society already exists in some places, that it is
already sculpting what will come next, while also diminishing the
struggles of the "have-nots" and the artifice of the "haves".
Denmark for example. It is
of the top 3 happiest countries in the world.
When one starts to compare it to other
countries, it appears that maybe they actually have society figured
Here are some quick comparisons of
Denmark to the United States (the US) and other countries in the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as
We Are Anonymous:
Denmark's per capita income is
$6000 higher than in the US.
Denmark has the second lowest
poverty rate out of the 34 countries in the OECD.
Denmark ranks seventh among OECD
countries in terms of employment rate. And their
unemployment benefits are admirable: if you've worked at
least 52 weeks over a three-year period, you are entitled to
90% pay of your original salary for up to two years.
The work force enjoys an average
work week of 33 hours per week and five weeks of paid
vacation each year. To put things in perspective, the US
average is 47 hours per week and you'd be lucky if you had
more than 16 paid vacation days/holidays.
Healthcare spending is around
$4400 per capita, above the OECD average of $3300, but
dwarfed by the excessive $10000 per person in the US.
Tuition costs don't exist!
College is free and students are given a $900 per month
stipend if they live on their own. Tuition costs from
in-state public to private college in the US range from
$9000 to $31000 per year.
Denmark was ranked by Forbes as
the best country for business in 2014, and was ranked #3 by
the World Bank for ease of doing business.
Parental leave after a birth of
a child is an average of 52 weeks paid time off. In the US,
an employer is required to give you no paid time off.
Although taxes are high in
Denmark, Danes are still able to save. Total gross national
saving is estimated at 24.1% of GDP in 2013 (in the US, it's
about 13%). This may have something to do with lower
household consumption, which averages at 49% of GDP versus
69% in the US.
Denmark uses taxes and social
spending aggressively to narrow the income gap between the
rich and the rest.
"I know that some people in the US associate
the Nordic model with some sort of socialism, therefore I
would like to make one thing clear.
Denmark is far from a
socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy…
The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state
which provides a high level of security to its citizens, but
it is also a successful market economy with much freedom to
pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish."
Danish Prime Minister
Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Are you pursing your dreams and living
your life as you wish?
Could capitalism still get all of us there?
Or is a new societal infrastructure
imminent, just waiting for enough of us to wake up?