Capitalism is a Pyramid Scheme

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan

pyramid scheme

During college, I took a course in business. One thing the teacher said jumped out for me, and I’ve never forgotten. He said that only about 10-20 percent of small businesses make it past a few years, the others all crash.

If true, that means 80% of people who invest all their life savings, take out loans and open small shops, restaurants, cafes and stores will lose their investment.

Ever since then I’ve watched hundreds of small businesses open around me. And sure enough, it seems like most of them end up failing, with the owners losing their money and going into debt.

Meanwhile, the big companies seem to survive longer, and when they do fold their top managers always seem to get golden parachutes and new jobs right away, with obscene salaries.

We also have these huge companies like Walmart, Microsoft and Monsanto that have built powerful monopolies. These biggest corporations seem to function almost like crime syndicates, and are part of the reason the small businesses crash.

When politicians talk about supporting small businesses and increasing jobs, its a lie. The jobs are now paying slave wages, the small businesses will crash. Only the banks and the big corporations are able to survive, with those at the top thriving.

Of all the stuff we’ve seen, nothing matched the crash of 2008 for providing a glimpse of how this system really works.  When Paulson, the CEO from Goldman Sachs, moved into the White House as treasury secretary and then syphoned a trillion dollars of the taxpayers’ money to save the Wall Street banks from crashing (while millions of Americans lost their homes), the audacity and criminality became crystal clear…


Face it, we’re all pawns in a T-Rex economy, by design and intention, where only the most selfish, wealthy, deceptive and powerful survive.

The whole system is rigged, like a casino in Vegas. The house always wins. The eye at the top of the pyramid, that’s not symbolic of God, its the eye of the top 1% looking out at us through their keyholes.

This is a continuation of the same “pyramid” design from our feudal history, stretching back all the way to Rome and Egypt. With the wealthiest “royalty” at the top and all the peasants (and slaves) at the bottom. They call our system a democracy, but that’s a lie too, the rich folks buy their power, they control the politicians like puppets.

Capitalism is not a “free” market, its a set up, a scam.. a big con game. In simplest terms, for over two thousand years, our so-called “civilization” has been designed to function as a pyramid scheme.

 “The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force.” ― Michael Parenti


“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” -John Maynard Keynes


“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. … A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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3 Responses to Capitalism is a Pyramid Scheme

  1. Bob OHearn says:

    Actually, most small businesses go under because they underestimated the financial requirements for start-up. That is the prime reason, followed by poor location, poor marketing, and internal personnel issues.

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