People look at what’s happening and assume that the future is a collapse of the economy and widespread hunger.
But they are mistaken.
Markets reacted extremely well to lockdowns. Markets want lockdowns. Because the capital today is liquid capital. It wants us to get out of the way. It wants to be freed from the constraints of place and physicality. It wants to soar and soar. It wants to move freely and with lightning speed. No, faster, a lot faster than that.
Capital today doesn’t need that many workers. It doesn’t want to be tied to these small businesses that occupy an office or a have a physical location. Almost half of all small businesses have been wiped out, and it’s not even a blip.
The main characteristic of capital is that it wants to grow. And it’s not just any growth. It wants to grow as fast as possible. And that means going digital and transnational. Capital wants to inhabit a world without borders. And increasingly, without workers.
The future is like that cartoon of obese people glued to screens and unable to move or think. Can anybody find it for me? It’s been on Twitter a lot recently.