Capitalism is an economic system. With many problems, and few solutions.. Monopolies are occupied by corrupt bosses, owners and/or capitalists. Hard workers are corrupted by the enslavement of money. Living in a world without capitalism, this is my dream. It is common knowledge that capitalist countries have 3 levels of class: Upper, Middle, and Lower. Communism and socialism use this way of organizing people of different economic backgrounds. However, in capitalist countries,it is10x worse because if you are in the Lower Class you won’t be able to survive on your own, you need the help of a friend or a bank, and once you ask (and get) their help you are in debt to them, meaning you have your whole life to work and pay back all you borrowed.
Pop culture is a very good source of information when talking about capitalism, so I am going to use a famous tv show called SpongeBob Squarepants, and two of the most iconic cartoon characters: SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs.
While Mr. Krabs cares only for money and wealth, SpongeBob stands for kindness and joyfulness. Mr. Krabs, is also greedy, barely has any friends and is the most selfish person, SpongeBob on the other hand, is the person who cares not for money, is kind, helpful, and is the most selfless person on the show; ironically, Spongebob is also Mr. Krabs’ only friend. If you look back at the early days of Mr. Krabs when he was younger and didn’t own the Krusty Krab, you could see that he had friends. Another character from the show, Squidward, is the one character who has some money, but doesn’t earn as much as he could because he is following a dream, his dream, knowing he will never achieve it. Whenever I ask about Spongebob, many compare themselves to Squidward. As Mr. Lysha stated, “I think I am always going to live my life towards what I am most passionate about.”
Squidward is the epitome of slavery which is “a person who is the legal (and because there is no real government in Bikini Bottom we and exude the legal part) property of another and is forced to obey them.” Because Squidward can only make a living through Mr. Krabs, and Squidward is forced to work for money, Squidward is forced to work for Mr.Krabs. SpongeBob is different because he has money. He is not trapped in the Krusty Krab, it’s his “Second home”.
In a Capitalist Country, you fall into one of the following three categories: Upper Class, Middle Class, or Lower Class. People in each economic class have different standards of living . In the Upper Class, you earn the most money doing the least amount of work, and you live in the suburbs.You will most likely own a working business. In the Middle Class, you earn a decent amount of money, by working 8 hours a day, or 40 hours a week. Middle Class people live in apartments or small homes.Meanwhile in the lower class, you earn the least amount of money doing the most amount of work. It is not uncommon to find people in the Lower Class that ask for loans from their friends, or banks. It’s important to understand that once you have taken a loan (depending on how big it was), you may spend your entire life paying everything back. Without a loan, it is nearly impossible to survive. As Bastiaan articulates, “You can survive but not easily, because it makes everything harder for you. You literally work your butt off to earn enough maybe for a loaf of bread… it’s almost like slavery.”
Going back to spongebob. In the episode titled Friend or Foe, Mr. Krabs tells everyone the story of his childhood and his relationship with Plankton. Unexpectedly Mr. Krabs used to be extremely poor; so poor that his mother had to make his clothes from trash. Back then, Mr. Krabs and Plankton were best friends. One day, they were walking in a park and they came across a coin, when Mr. Krabs first laid eyes on it, he said and “ This is the most beautiful thing my have ever seen.” What surprises me is what he does with it. He goes over to a balloon stand and buys one for his best bud, Plankton. Afterwards, they have the great idea of opening a fast food restaurant, but shortly after, Mr. Krabs becomes greedy and he betrays Plankton by embezzling all the money. This may be an over exaggeration of how people actually behave around money, however, it is the same idea. Mr. Krabs uses money to fuel his happiless, and we have lived to do the same with it our whole lives; so much so, that we don’t see money for what it is, PAPER.