A Postmodernistic Note on Late Capitalism

by Shaun Terry

Perhaps “Late Capitalism” could be described as the ways by which Western conveniences rely on the exploitation of the most vulnerable people throughout the world. It’s a bit as though Society strapped you into the contraption that was forced on Alex at the end of A Clockwork Orange, only you’re sitting there having to watch a mother eat all of her young, while having to get a job and buy an iPhone or you’re a loser who’s going to die early1. I think that’s basically what “Late Capitalism” refers to.*

*Also, you’re supposed to laugh at it, and if you don’t, then you’re a Snowflake™ and you can “go fuck yourself, you self-righteous, hypersensitive, try-hard idiot.”

1. Marmot, Michael. The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity. 2004.

Pickett, Kate and Wilkinson, Richard. The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. 2009.