: I have a major problem with this idea of 'human nature'. That is that there is some undeniable force pushing us towards a consumer driven free-market economy and hang the consequences...
Every epoch produces a ruling class. Each ruling class presents an ideology to those ruled. The ideology supports the rule of the ruling class (big surprise!)
Every ideology defends its social relations by claiming a monopoly on inevitability.
The feudal lords said poverty was 'God's will.' The capitalists---appropriating a vulgar Darwinism (once they got used to the fellow's ideas)---say poverty is 'human nature' (laziness, biological inferiority etc.).
I believe the proletariat---once they assume control of the social relations---will be more honest.
They'll simply say to the capitalist accustomed to living off the labor of others: You, too, must work because we say so. Period.