What will come after capitalism?

I believe that we have been in a post-capitalist phase for some time.Consider the last time a hundred years ago, when vast amounts of money were pumped into the markets. The World Economic Crisis, World Wars and their more. And today? Today, since 2011, the M3 money supply in the euro area has increased from EUR 9,500,000 million to EUR 11,500,000 million (2016), and inflation is only increasing by the value of rare earths and energy costs. As if we are moving from a resource economy with a variety of resources relevant to production and the market to a few critical factors. energy and energy sources, as well as really rare resources such as rare earths.

This means, however, that ownership of many resources, be it raw materials, land, means of production or the human capital of every employee, loses its importance!A meaning that has defined the ideology of capitalism. Property and its “interaction particle” the money in its importance fall behind the control over the processes. While for the individual citizen everything revolves around money, on more complex economic levels money and property have become mere cogs in a gear of global influence. The remaining core resources such as energy and the remaining rare resources are paired with new influence resources such as media presence, network coverage (i.e. which media networks cover which parts of society) and control over information in the Internet and other media networks. These essentially define the economic viability of a company in our new economic phase. Much more than factory locations or the availability of individual raw materials. They define the possibility of realizing enterprises or taking action against resistance. They define how much demand can be created through advertising without emerging from the lives of customers.

The influence of capital in the sense of ownership of means of production and resources of production thus decreases and shifts to a “new” chapter of influence.It is less about the factory or the jobs, but more about maintaining existing processes and enabling new processes through influence. You can see this very well with the example of Uber in Germany. At first it didn’t work, but with enough influence and the right media presentation for Minister Scheuer, it is suddenly no longer a problem. Uber is a pure process, a brokerage service that needs some resources to run, but whose performance is primarily based on the transfer of drivers’ resources, without owning chapters in the form of a driver and cars. Taxi companies are the established capital in this case, while Uber represents post-capitalism as a pure process. The question of how an Uber driver then also needs a passenger transport permit, and what sense such a thing is no longer appearing, for example, in The Business Insider. [1 Only the process and its influence on the economic system counts.


[1 Transport Minister Scheuer clears way for Uber and Lyft in Germany

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