On capitalism and clutter

Capitalism is a good system if you want some power in society not directly chained to the machinery of partisan politics. Capitalism aims to give people who are productive and who keep the economy humming a seat at the proverbial table where decisions are made and public resources allocated.

Capitalism gives people with capital a loud voice — a troubling concept perhaps amid staggering income inequality — but inequality is not necessarily the result of capitalism as its supposed to work but rather capitalism corrupted by cronyism and bias.

With products, services, transactions, deals — and lobbying — capitalists participate in public discourse with an eye towards their mission and bottom line. Without capitalism government would control and distribute more things and the more reliant things would become on politics and partisan battles. Capitalists at the table bring issues other than the next election to bear on the conversation. Without capitalists there would be more government players, more bureaucracy and for some a stultifying case of agita.

For Americans who can’t stomach campaigns or sitting around in stuffy committee hearings or glad-handing strangers at public events, capitalism is a way to contribute to society while marching to the beat of one’s own drum solo. Instead of running for office to get a say, a capitalist in a fair system needs only a superior idea and the plans and means of executing it. With government enforcing rules to insure equal opportunity the choice capitalism gives to people is liberating. Without capitalism there would be less art and innovation. Without capitalism there would be more government clutter.

Metaphorically and literally clutter makes it harder to breathe. The lungs and the imagination crave open space and fresh air but let’s not go overboard and reduce our surroundings and wardrobe to a treasure chest. And for God’s sake let’s not have to love everything we own. Being in relationship with clothes and stuff is heavy. Closeting one navy, brown and black of everything staple-like with gray and beige pieces tossed in is easier than being in love and is not clutter. Accessories for a splash of pizzazz don’t require a story of origin or pedigree. To look good so you feel good is not about love for material things but having an outfit that works when you need one.