If the American Dream is to allow Googapplesoft Procter and Sachs to produce a drugged-up citizenry that sits in rundown post-foreclosed homes and stares at tablets, waving their fingers to bring on the next dose of neural cyber-candy…well you’re on the right track.
Wyndtunnel - From Republic to Regency?
Paul squarely casts aspersions on the elite oligarchy that controls/causes this mess, as it is their failures as human beings that caused it.
I think it's the collective failures of all western citizens, who either passively accept it or aggressively pursue these policies. We are all equally culpable when it comes to the failings of "western society." Our failures (or moments of greed if you will) as middle-class individuals are the same failings as the billionaire elites. The scale is vastly different, but the human failing is the same. (Paul may well acknowledge this, he makes no mention either way.)
I don't mean to suggest that since we are all corrupt, that rules and punishments need not apply. They do, because of the scale of the damage that results.
However at its simplest, I do think the rot at the heart of capitalism is that it enables greed. It requires greed, it's the engine that makes the system work. The desire to get ahead fuels the system and simultaneously corrupts it. Which makes any solutions or controls difficult, if not impossible to implement. Thus the vicious circle we find ourselves in. Us doomers happen to believe it is this intrinsic corruption that will cause the end of capitalism.