How is it that the majority of capitalists are men? And that the most successful capitalists are ALL men? Capitalism grew out of a patriarchal model of dominance and aggression, force and exploitation of natural resources, and naturally, ongoing and habitual exploitation of women, so this isn't really surprising.
If women are to empower ourselves, and face it, that's the only way it'll happen, we need to create a different economic system than capitalism. Frankly, men are not going to empower us. Only the most enlightened of men can perceive that the empowerment of women will lead to the empowerment of all individuals, not just a few. I'm not going to dismiss other economic systems, but why go back in the past to what was created before? All of these economic models are basically flawed as they were the fruit of patriarchal systems.
What we need is an economic system that is based in the reality of women's lives today, a system that can move them up and out of servitude, of poverty, of limited choices, of suffering and despair.
I taught English in China for four years, and I came to love the young people there, and to feel the pain of the young women facing the work world, where if they were lucky to get a job, they would probably start and remain at the bottom rung. There are so many young women in China who are studying English and preparing for careers in international business and trade. Yet, their options in pursuing a career are extremely limited, despite the fact that many of them are the only children of prosperous business families, thanks to China's one child policy.
On the other side of the Pacific are American women who can't find jobs either because of the terrible economy in the U.S. The middle class in the U.S. is fast disappearing. Young men graduating from universities have no problems finding work in the management class of corporations with military contracts and the intelligence community, but principled individuals of either sex who don't necessarily consider U.S. dominance of the world a worthy pursuit, are a little harder put to find work.
Young people in Europe are living in a socialized world of fixed incomes that limit their choices and ability to live independently of their parents and raise their own familiy, so that today you often see professionals in their 30's still living in their parent's home.
Young people in developing countries face additional barriers of lack of education, speaking a language other than English, and limited opportunities.
Young people in Japan are living with Fukushima clouding their future. All young people everywhere in the world are living with the threat of another world war breaking out.
How many people have had to migrate because there was no work in their home land?
An Alternative Business Model Based on Quality of Life, Not Profit
We can grimly endure the wreck of the global economy brought on by the greed of Wall Street and big banks. We can worry ourselves sick about the prospect of another world war. We can resign ourselves to more and more radioactivity in our environment from further accidents such as Three Mile, Chernobyl and Fukushima, as the nuclear industry continues to profit from our inability to break free of it. We can suffer the loss of freedom and privacy as the intelligence community thrives on spying on us and technology is used to find more ways to track us. We can watch helplessly as the military domintes global affairs, as men wreak a world of suffering and misery.
OR we can do what women do best, and that is to help each other, to provide loving support for our families and communities, and to move up the food chain a bit by developing an economic system that supports people the most at the bottom... the farmers, the women, the children.
Read my next post for details on how we can create an alternative business model based on quality of life, not profit.