I recently asked a good friend what he thought the solution to capitalism was, assuming that capitalism is the root cause of the systemic societal breakdown that we are witnessing.
Here are the solutions that we came up with. Choose carefully!
1. In the face of a pandemic, do nothing and allow it to exterminate a great number of people.
2. Go into space and begin resource extraction in order to feed the capitalist system.
3. Other ( Some overarching, nuts-and-bolts solution that puts people (human capital stock) and planet over profit. )
The answer is nontrivial.
Richard Wolff points out that the climate crisis, racism, a failing economy, and the coronavirus pandemic are four major unsolved issues that are converging to bring about a “systemic breakdown” of the US.
h/t Cassiodorus' blog
The awareness of the deep connection between the climate crises, capitalism and racism is now more powerful than ever. The murder of George Floyd facilitated this to a large extent, as more people understand that Black people built the greater part of the Capitalist system with their sweat and literally, their blood. Changes are happening.
This is the organizing challenge of our lifetimes.