How Capitalism Impacts Our World: A Poem

Updated on November 21, 2017
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Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

The ghost town of Union Level, Virginia
The ghost town of Union Level, Virginia | Source

The Significance of Capitalism

Without question, capitalism has become the dominant economic system in most of the world. In this economic system, private individuals or corporations own and engage in the exchange of wealth which pertains to the distribution, production, and investment in goods. This is an important aspect of capitalism. However, capitalism occurs in different forms.

The poem below was inspired by our constantly changing economic reality. America has all of the below capitalist activities occurring within her borders. Yet, capitalism has proven to be a flexible economic system; change may be inevitable. But man will always be the same.

Three Types of Capitalistic Endeavors

  • Mom and Pop Capitalism – In this form of capitalism, families or one person may own a shop, a farm, or business. They are responsible for making profits and handling any liabilities associated with the business.
  • Corporations – Corporations come in many forms. The purpose of the corporation is to reduce the legal liabilities of one person. Corporations usually have a “board of directors” that helps manage the business. Stocks may be issued to the public and the corporation is responsible to the shareholders, goods, and services it may provide. A corporation operates mainly in one nation.
  • Multinational corporations – Like above, the same principles apply, but multinationals have a global reach in their business dealings. They may have headquarters for several different continental areas; they dominate, in many ways, the global economy. They employ thousands of people, and their enormous financial engines for nations where they do business.

The town of Autryville, North Carolina
The town of Autryville, North Carolina | Source

One Life in a Capitalist Society

He dripped ice cream tears,

Upon a stool once the world,

Once the planet,

Swallowed in an exchange.


Moved away from main,

Taken away from the suburbs,

Shops sold to future,

Stock gold to butcher.


They were shattered to pieces,

Splattered upon self-indulgence,

Rectifying nothing,

That still was something.


Everything normalized

Between the concrete and dirt,

Profits profess to no one,

Where the company left them alone.

The town of Franklinton, North Carolina
The town of Franklinton, North Carolina | Source

A loan to Pay of flesh,

Devoured by clocked time—

Hours eaten away

Buying more debt.


Morbid the tunes

Spilling from exhausted engines,

Trailers pulling people along

To factory doom.


He saw his son,

Mechanic where ice cream flowed,

Making prosperity engines

Drink pavement to garage.


Booming interstate

Banging bricks and tar

Upon the empty spaces.


Between places and inside faces

Words gagging the drums

Of businesses beating hearts

Submitting to paychecks.

The town of Candor, North Carolina
The town of Candor, North Carolina | Source

Mom and Pop broken,

Sold the farm for bread,

Made somewhere in the Midwest

And Washington, D.C.


Or overseas behind

Expensive china

Under boards meeting

Aces creating while erasing.


History border blurred

Into global oblivion,

Obscuring the common man,

Replaced with robots.


He viewed his grandson,

Video phone images cold,

Plastic hugging pixels,

Baby tech crying scrambled.


Just confused ghosts

Haunt streets abandoned

Howling spirits on sidewalks

Temper their passage to county cemetery.

Does a business have any obligations to the town, city, nation, etc., in which it operates?

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      Tim Truzy 

      9 months ago

      I wrote this poem after recalling the classic play by Arthur Miller, "Death of a Salesman." My poem chronicles the life of an individual as he watched his world change, based on the demands of business. Although all business isn't bad, and most of it has proven beneficial to us--some businesses can destroy human beings perceptions of being alive. Businesses need checks and balances.

      To such an extent, democracy and capitalism are rather strange partners. The needs of business don't always coincide with the needs of democracy.

      But again, businesses change, and our perceptions of what business brings to society changes as well. We could not have won W.W.II without our industries, or reached the moon either. Businesses played a part in pushing for the end of segregation, too.

      Likewise, injuries, deaths, and other travesties have been caused by hazardous practices by businesses.

      It's up to us how we want our businesses to prosper. It's up to us to determine how much regulation (if any) we want on our industries. This may change - it's never a permanent state of existence in the business and individual relationship.

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