Dean Rohrer

La vida después del capitalismo

LONDRES – En 1995, publiqué un libro llamado The World After Communism (El mundo después del comunismo). Hoy, me pregunto si habrá un mundo después del capitalismo.

Esa pregunta no está motivada por la peor crisis económica desde los años 1930. El capitalismo siempre sufrió crisis, y las seguirá sufriendo. Más bien, surge de la sensación de que la civilización occidental es cada vez más decepcionante, al cargar con un sistema de incentivos que son esenciales para acumular riqueza, pero que socavan nuestra capacidad para disfrutarla. El capitalismo puede estar cerca de agotar su potencial para crear una vida mejor –al menos en los países ricos del mundo.

Por “mejor”, me refiero a mejor éticamente, no materialmente. Las ganancias materiales pueden continuar, aunque la evidencia demuestra que ya no hacen más feliz a la gente. Mi disconformidad es con la calidad de una civilización en la que la producción y el consumo de bienes innecesarios se convirtieron en la principal ocupación de la mayoría de la gente.

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