The lack of action, on the part of adherents of capitalism (in its many versions), in the face of today’s life-threatening situations (climate change, COVID-19, nuclear proliferation) parallels a Jack Benny comedy bit between a street robber and Jack Benny, which went something like this:
Street Robber: “don’t make a move, this is a stick-up!”
Jack Benny: “what?”
Street Robber: “you heard me!”
Jack Benny: “mister, put down that gun!”
Street Robber: “shut up, now come on…your money or your life!”
Jack Benny: there is an extended period of silence
Street Robber: “look boss, I said your money or your life!”
Jack Benny: (slight pause) ”I’m thinking it over!”
Think this is a stretch? Think again!
Facing the impending doom with (our) time running out, no meaningful significant change has taken place on climate change.
COVID-19 vaccines have not been universally produced and distributed to all to stop the spread and emergence of mutations.
Nations are not cooperating and collaborating to dissolve our common problems, but rather competing and showing/exercising (their) muscle over others toward gaining more wealth and power.
Yup, the adherents of capitalism are thinking it over, as they double-down.
Could it be that capitalism has captured us all?