Sorry, Capitalism. Our Love Affair is Over.


Dear Capitalism,

When you get this letter, you’ll find we’ve left you.

We had quite the relationship. You promised fantastic rewards if we put our faith in you. You said if we all worked hard and profitably, you would lead us to universal prosperity, peace, and freedom. In fact, you made a lot of promises and, quite honestly, you broke them all. You were only faithful to about .1% who pledged allegiance and you cheated on the rest of us.

How we loved your promises. You are a sweet-talker. You told us that you represented democracy. You said that you would set us free. But you started hanging out with cronies in banking, media, and telecomm. You have affairs with the drug and weapon industries while professing your undying belief in morality. Honestly, we’re less free now and we’re never at peace. We trusted you and you let us down.

Meanwhile, you left us at home to pay the bills. We worked harder than ever. We were more productive. And you told us that if we worked for less, we’d be more competitive and we’d make more more money. We didn’t make any more. In fact, keeping it real, we made less. It used to be that half of us would stay home and raise the families but now we all work to support you and your affairs. You said, “Don’t worry. You’ll change.” You promised and we believed you so we assumed more debt to support your consumption dependency. But you just took that money, too.

It used to be, Capitalism, you’d stay home and help with the kids but now you’ve gone overseas and left them in the privatized care of your education cronies while we go to work every day and the community suffers. You keep asking us to send you money to help your foreign dalliances. You keep saying, “Just advance you a little more and, when you return, you’ll pay us back with interest.” But it’s been twenty years of broken promises while you trade chits with cheap nations. We haven’t seen a dime and, yet, you want us to send you more money.

We loved you but, we’re sorry to say, our love affair is over. We’re moving on.

We don’t know where we’re going. The place we’re going may not even have a name. But I assure you, we’re going to live in community where people help each other rather than opportunistically exploit each other. And we’re taking the family. You were a lousy parent, anyway. You never really cared about the kids. You didn’t care if they were well-fed, educated, or had a home unless there was something in it for you. All you ever promised them, was after they paid your banking cronies to get a college education, then you would get them well-paying jobs. You lied to the kids, too.

You didn’t leave us with much. We still have our pride and our dreams. You couldn’t take them even though you tried. We learned to work hard but I suppose we always knew that and that’s why you loved us. We served you well.

We won’t be back. We’re tired of you and your promises. We have to find our own path. We’re going to grow things and live healthy. Your GMO and drug cronies can leave out the door with you. Take your media crony, too. We stopped listening. When we need to buy something, we’ll buy from someone local whom we trust and buys from us. You can go to bed with your cheap foreign relationships but we won’t be associating with them anymore unless they value our justice – economically, environmentally, and socially. And, Capitalism, quite honestly, if they’re hanging out with you, we don’t see that happening in our lifetimes.

You can call us a socialist, a liberal, a progressive, or any other names you and your cronies seem to need to label things. It just doesn’t matter anymore. Truthfully, you’re as bad and extreme as the communists. We’re just people who are ending our relationship with you. We have to live our lives free of your false promises.

We wish you well but our love affair is over. We yearn to be free.




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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.