The simplest solution

To our social and economic illness

Mike Meyer


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by Mike Meyer

I think I’ve finally figured it out. All by myself.

No, we don’t ever figure things out all by ourselves. That is so ‘modern’ and linear. None of us are linear anymore and we are at the end of the pretense.

Well, we are still linear but we live in a complex world that is no longer willing to give any slack to sentient beings that don’t have their shit into exponential change.

We all know that the capitalist thing has destroyed us. Not just America but the planet. Yes, there are two or three groups of extreme people, who refuse to understand that and also, incidentally, refuse to realize that everything has changed. They are a problem.

They are also so completely linear that they cannot be both positive and negative at the same time. The rise of open market style economics stemming from capitalism as a process and methodology has brought the entire planet to the point that positive change can happen. Thank you.

The four hundred year process has run its course. Very much as pumping iron, partying, and sleeping three hours a night when you are young can make you stronger. The early warning indicators mean you have to stop and rest even when young. But if you are older you only get weaker and then it kills you.

Here we are folks. The poisons have built up to the point that we have the leading planetary societies becoming sicker by the day. They are rich as hell but that isn’t what they, or all the rest of us, need.

The incredibly simplistic concept of material wealth does what wealth has always done to people. We have a 21st century version of 18th century cultural gout. Painful and debilitating and for which the vast majority of the population will give us no sympathy at all. We brought it on ourselves.

If all of your standards of success are based on single minded calculation of production and consumption and your people are incredibly stressed and miserable, also getting poorer, you need a new set of goals. It’s that simple. Successful societies are not the ones with a tiny fraction of the population living like there is no tomorrow while the rest have to worry about getting to the next…



Mike Meyer

Writer, Educator, Campus CIO (retired) . Essays on our changing reality here, news and more at