Umair Haque wrote a fantastic article (with the great title If the Point of Capitalism is to Escape Capitalism, Then What’s the Point of Capitalism?) about how capitalism is fundamentally self-annihilating, and that our transcendence from it is inevitable. Now that’s something to look forward to!
The worker is trying to become a manager. The manager is trying to become a capitalist. I’ve put that in modern terms — let me put it in Marxist ones, just for contrast’s sake. The prole is trying to become a petite bourgeois. The bourgeois is trying to become a haute bourgeois. The worker, a shop owner, the shop owner, the owner of a chain. Even, maybe, in the small way of “owning” a home — which is to say, paying back its debt all his life — or buying a stock or a bond, and so on: the point is to amass capital. So capitalism is something like a pyramid, which we’re all climbing, worker to manager, prole to bourgeois, and at the apex is the capitalist.
But what is the capitalist trying to become?
Read Umair’s full article at Medium.