No. Progress is crucial in expanding the fractal of human ingenuity to continually adapt to nature’s entropy causing the decline of available energy on “our” planet. Hence progress is paramount to the survival of the human species. Neither is capitalism the problem, for capitalism is merely the exchange of money for products or services rendered.
Capitalism is merely a distribution mechanism of a humanitarian thesis we would like to pursue. What we render through capitalism, therefore, matters a great deal.
Today, we produce many crappy products and services, evolutionary false positives, that feed what people want, not what people need—a big difference. Seventy percent of Americans obese, depressed, and addicted to medicine result from the unbridled freedom by which we can sell whatever junk we want, as long as it generates money.
The problem is that we have deployed the wrong goalposts and vector of human progress by which we appraise human excellence. We simply lack a sound humanitarian thesis, the one I am writing a book about, that defines how we best adhere to nature’s principles defining our longevity.
Human excellence is not defined by humanity. It is predetermined by the first principles of nature, in existence for some 13.72 billion years, and applied to everything in the universe. The principles that dictate not the length of your life is important but the quality of your renewal. The chain-reaction of our strengthening passed on to our offspring defining how well we can adapt to nature’s entropy.
Progress is crucial, and with the right evolutionary compass as the driver of progress, we can use the existing constructs of capitalism to change the name of our humanitarian game almost instantly.