There are many fancy definitions of capitalism. Mine is very simplified: Capitalism is a manipulated system designed to move money from one hand to another (cleverly, both hands shifting the money can be yours if you really know your capitalism). Learn enough about it and money can flow more easily in your direction. Do not learn about it and suffer the consequences.
There is a “Wizard of Oz” element to the capitalist America we live in and it’s time to pull back the curtain.
I have a love/sort-of dislike relationship with capitalism and it greatly influences my point-of-view. It’s important to tell you why I think the way I do if you are going to read my posts. Mama Capitalist Exposee will be a permanent page on this site. I am introducing it in three parts.
For anyone who reads this blog, ever present is my view about money and finance as I have learned through personal experiences. When I was just a person, I wanted to make sure I had enough money to pay my bills and buy a new IPod. As a Mother, I want to make sure all Mothers can pay their bills, feed their children, spend quality time with their children and buy a new IPod.
Having had experience with both, I can say with certainty that capitalist women and capitalist Mothers are two very different breeds of cow — er, people — milked in very different ways.
As appealing are shows like “Til Debt Do Us Part” and magazines like Money that feature personal financial dilemmas, there is very little in the world on how to actually make good money in a way does not involve a sleazy sales pitch or $70,000.00 student loan. For every messy money situation we learn about, we should have many more teaching us how the system works and to avoid problems altogether.
Suze Orman is a wonderful financial teacher and I often tune into her program on CNBC Saturday night. For all of the valuable lessons Suze Orman teaches, her audience is in the dark on the most important one: how she makes money on her books and television appearances.
With so many changes in our financial policy in the last 20 years, an entire generation of Mothers have been entangled in a convoluted economic system. It’s one that purports to breed innovation (love it!) while at same time allowing those with the most money to crush their competitors (dislike it!). This is a confusing system not taught in school and one we are not meant to easily understand.