Regaining a Sense of Balance

In response to those who are attempting to defend capitalism as the only system worth defending, they deny the interconnected nature of the world as opposing forces in conflict with each other, but also in relationship with each other. If people restrict their knowledge of history to studies of economics and the successes of military-industrial nation states, they ignore the worlds of art, design and science, without which the capitalist world could not have created its metropolises populated with towering edifices of concrete, steel and glass.

Consider 100 years of the influence of the Bauhaus on modern life.

A community of artists and architects conceived the modern system of architecture as a scientific synthesis of the industrial mass-production manufacturing process with the art of manipulating the most appropriate building materials. Concrete, steel and glass were the modernist trinity. These materials represented a break from the past focus on the aesthetics of the façade, instead placing the greatest priorities on engineering strength and production efficiency to create neo-plastic forms that exposed the inner life of the architectural structure, the human activities that the spaces afforded.

The Bauhaus was conceived by artists and architects as a means of building a socialist utopia out of the ruins of the Great War. In reaction to the failure of the political structures of the time to achieve peace and economic prosperity, people gathered to design a modern system to replace the hierarchical and aristocratic political systems that had led them to annihilate each other.

The modern world is a collaboration between socialist ideals and capitalist methodologies. The vast majority of capitalists work in modernist architecture conceived by socialists.

China succeeds by recognizing the best of both worlds.

America fails by creating prisons for children, a capitalist gulag for political prisoners.

Many people writing posts lauding capitalism are doing so on devices conceived by designers and engineers who find their inspiration from the Bauhaus.

The most successful corporation in the world is Apple.

Its success is based on the desire of free-thinking individuals who preferred sharing their code to build open source software (UNIX) that was not owned by any single individual or corporation. Steve Wozniak is at heart a socialist.

Steve Jobs was the capitalist.

Jobs conceived of an organization that controlled the production process and the software ecosystem to ensure the quality of both the hardware and the software. Apple needed both the socialist and the capitalist to succeed.

America believes the propaganda that we have only five senses. We have at least six senses. People forget that the ear also contains a vestibular system. Without balance, we would be falling down, incapable of functioning.

America, you are out of balance. Figure out how to work together. It is the lack of balance that is leading to the fall, that is, the loss of faith and confidence in your capitalist empire.

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design.

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