A capitalist market gives opportunity to small business, but it also lacks the leviathan to keep the market balanced. The companies on top are sure to take advantage at the cost of other’s loss (Morris 1984). This is why we experience mass production and are able to purchase goods for lesser amounts of currency. In Paulo Bacigalupi’s novel The Windup Girl, capitalism is alive and well, although the society is seemingly rotting. When the environment is negatively affecting life, capitalism stands strong by exploiting what it can. Grand companies competing against one another to wring out all the stray tokens that have yet to be locked away. It’s spooky to see the connections in the world we live in. The GMO company Monsanto orders farmers to replace their seeds from them each yield, an impractical process that will eventually weed out the free farmers not yet enslaved by authority (Monsanto). “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed” (Gibson 1999). The company’s control of the world’s food supply is placing the world in their hands and as we see throughout human history, the exclusive option is chosen. Making as much money as possible from the starving population; pure spookiness. Although this dystopian is an extreme, it is not different from our world. Bacigalupi on why he enjoys science fiction:
The opportunity to take what looks normal and twist it…Ideally that process is a bit like stretching a rubber band. You pull somebody out into a different world and then you let the rubber band snap. When people come back to this world, their going to look at this world now, the present, with a different lens. (2010)
I’m nervously anticipating the snap.
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Bacigalupi, Paulo. Talks at Google. Google, San Francisco. 3 June 2010. Youtube. Web.