I see and hear many people talk about abolishing capitalism. Granted, the version of capitalism we deploy today is outright poisonous to the excellence and longevity of the human species. A nonexistent vector of capitalism is causing an anthropogenic cascade from which it becomes harder to recover as time passes.
Planet of Idiots
Ignorant of our collective goals as arguably the most intelligent species, the debate over capitalism plays out in a dumbfounding arena of foregone conclusions, with humans drawing their preferred battle lines of desperate solipsism once again.
On one side are the idiots who do not care about or believe in evolution. One degree of idiocracy away from flat-earther, they hold on tight to oligarchic constructs of unchange. On the other side are the idiots who believe just one more pile of legislation will secure equality of outcome for all.
The silly and futile combat between both parties, taking their eye off the health of our pale blue dot, is perhaps why Carl Sagan referred to our planet as the planet of idiots.
Capitalism Is Not A System
Everyone names everything wrong.Richard Feynman
To imply capitalism is a system demands the formulation and explanation of a human theory based on agreed-upon principles to convert a selection of input into the desired output. I dare you to identify today’s theory of capitalism if you can find one.
Rebel Without A Cause
Capitalism is merely the distribution of trust in the value of products or services rendered, with every country in the world, even communists, deploying it. Trust is the cause of remuneration as its consequence. To infer the integrity of trust from the integrity of its distribution and the asymmetry between cause and consequence is a foolish mistake.
For example, people can make a lot of money from purchasing cheap goods on Alibaba made in China and subsequently resell them at Western prices on Amazon, with capitalism’s supposed integrity intact. Yet, the integrity of remuneration does not infer the virtue of trust in the endeavor.
The same applies on an evolutionary scale. We can sell ourselves many things using the supposed integrity of capitalism today in the U.S., to the tune of eleven times the size of production. At the same time, the cause of most of those transactions makes little humanitarian sense. Let me ask you, what forms of capitalism today improve human adaptability to nature’s entropy? Shouldn’t they all?
Capitalism, today, is a rebel without a cause, giving capitalism a bad rep. It need not be this way, for the antithesis of Bronze Age capitalism is capitalism subjugated to a cause, nature’s cause. One that improves human adaptability to nature’s entropy.
The tech bubble was not caused by a sudden lack of interest in or waning technology adoption when eighty percent of the world needs technology to improve their standard of living. The misjudgment of socioeconomic value by financial arbitrage caused it, too enamored by the conversion of advertisement clicks. Instead, inferring value from valuations sold to a greater-fool chain with the public, eventually discovering its flagrant anomalies.
The real estate bubble was caused by lenders doling out money to people with no credit buffer to cope with economic aberrations with defaulting loans resold at a discount to third-party lenders, empowering a financial system locked into infinite sub priming until people defaulted en-masse.
Both forms of ill-formed risk assessment, a uniformity of risk avoidance called subprime, have destroyed the intrinsic value of the underlying asset and damaged the reputation of the asset classes and its participants.
The quality of arbitrage, short on evolutionary relevance, destroys the reputation of capitalism.
In comes ESG and a plethora of loosely defined so-called impact investment programs, invented by financiers eager to outdo themselves, portrayed as the world’s savior based on the promise of sustainability.
Worse, a strategy to achieve sustainability resembles a stale flat-world approach attempting to measure round-world relativity, falling many dimensions short of tracing the real-world capacity of humanity. So bad even the SEC sees through the plot.
Today, capitalism is a laissez-faire rebel without an evolutionary cause. Worse, in its most ignorant and greedy implementation, capitalism, in love with the vile maxim of short, erodes the excellence of our humanitarian long.
The way to improve capitalism is simple. Subjugate the merit of capitalism to the evolutionary objectives of humanity. In turn, we subjugate the principles and theory of capitalism to our best understanding of the principles and theory of nature. So, human gameplay adheres to nature’s gameplay, and capitalism’s gains constitute gains in human adaptability to nature’s entropy.
To change humanity and the world we depend on for survival is easy. It requires we acknowledge not society, but the authoritarian rule of nature determines the excellence and longevity of the human species. We cannot get there with elective procedures easily tossed aside by a democracy valuing the vote of ignoramuses equal to the observations of the informed.
We must deploy a benevolent dictatorship informed and in tune with the authoritarian rule of nature that decides our survival as a species.
Step 1: Principles
Leaders must implement well-known principles of nature to align human gameplay with nature’s gameplay. The alignment with a single theory, nature’s theory (I teach in my masterclasses), will make the following change happen in one fell swoop:
Step 2: Policy (of Policy)
Step 3: Execute and Adapt
In the words of Einstein, leaders must implement nature’s theory that determines what can be discovered to continually adapt the human theory to our best understanding of nature’s theory, proven to produce alpha consistently.
Authentic leadership is the ability to normalize an objective to the highest possible normalization of nature’s cause, so a closer alignment of that normalization improves the evolutionary excellence of the human species.
The objectives of improving humanity’s excellence and improving the environment’s regenerative capacity upon which we depend are not mutually exclusive. The change to improve capitalism requires the audacity of real and unprecedented leadership, in MLK’s parlance, more in love with humanity than with power.
With the kind of leadership capable of seeing the forest through the trees, we can reinvigorate and repair the reputation of capitalism to serve our humanitarian interests, take care of our surroundings, and inspire the world with new humanitarian excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.