Capitalism is synonymous with colonialism. As Douglas Rushkoff writes, “An expansionist economic system both necessitated and inspired the colonizing of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.”
You see, our money fuels our motivation, requiring more land and new laborers. We are ever expanding, the rich getting richer and planting their flag as they “discover” new lands, both physical and virtual.
And then there’s the church, the institution that says you can’t love God and money but then too often goes ahead and does that anyway. Just as capitalism has led to colonialism, so also has the church carried this mantle of conversion “or else,” a threat issued at the point of a sword, an unnecessary shame and guilt, or the abstract and ideological fear mongering of “turn or burn.”
And now as we run out of physical land to colonize, both the rich and the religious turn to the internet, a new virtual frontier just waiting to be evangelized and exploited.
God help us all.
- How would you describe the intersection of capitalism and colonialism?
- How have you seen the rich and the religious evangelize and exploit the new virtual frontier?