I believe that capitalism is a deeply flawed system, but a lot of people don’t realize that. It’s getting harder and harder to get by, and capitalism has taken over almost every aspect of our lives. This is because many people are finding that their expenses are increasing faster than their income, but the wealthy are earning more than ever! These are other problems that I see with capitalism:
Not only do a lot of people work the 9 to 5 all week, but many people do the same tasks every day as well. Not only do I feel that this bad for the mental health of employees, but it can also result in reduced work quality. Work schedules and tasks often vary from one day to the next in non-capitalist societies. Workplace competition is common in capitalist societies, and I feel that it can take a toll on your mental health.
It’s very common for both parents to work full-time jobs. Therefore, a lot of kids come home to an empty house after school. Many employees are given tasks to perform at home. This reduces the amount of free time that employees have, and it makes it difficult to socialize with friends. A lot of interaction between employees takes place electronically instead of in person. Therefore, many employees aren’t able to socialize much at work or outside of work.
People who are born wealthy usually remain wealthy, but people who were born poor usually remain poor. Despite the fact that wealthy proponents of capitalism claim that the system is fair, this is not even close to true. Schools in lower-income communities don’t offer an education that is as effective as schools in higher-income communities. There also are fewer job opportunities in lower-income communities than higher-income communities. Furthermore, people from lower-income communities often experience discrimination when they’re looking for work.
People are rarely satisfied with the material wealth that they have and are on a never-ending quest to increase their wealth. I feel that this preoccupation can keep you from finding yourself and knowing your true desires.
You don’t need to become a wilderness-dwelling hermit to get away from capitalism. Spending less money is the only way to drop out of the capitalist rat race. Here are some tips that I feel are important for anyone who wants get away from capitalism:
I feel that a minimalist only buys the items that they absolutely need. Here are some ways to prioritize your needs over your desires:
There are many types of fruits and vegetables that you can grow if you have a plot of land, and some can be grown indoors. These fruits and vegetables can be grown indoors:
If you have a plot of land, these plants are easy to grow:
If you generate enough of your own electricity, you can go off the power grid. Even if you only produce a small amount of electricity, less of your money will go to the power company. I feel that solar and wind power are two great ways to generate your own electricity.
You can reduce the amount of electricity that you use by placing windows on the south-facing side of your house. Shut the blinds on south-facing windows during summer days. Open the blinds on south-facing windows during winter days and close them on winter nights. Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the winter. Keep the thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer.
Cleaning the vents regularly will improve the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning system. Always put the right amount of clothing in your washing machine, and do the laundry less frequently if possible. Many power companies offer a discount on electricity during non-peak hours. If your power company offers this discount, do the laundry after 8:00 PM.
Believe it or not, there are ways to have fun without spending a dime! These are some free and low-cost hobbies that I recommend: