It may seem like an opinion piece about the financial industry doesn’t belong on this blog, but I believe that the industry creates deleterious trickle-down effects on ordinary people’s prospects for marriage and family:
Women have always been the achilles heel of capitalism. Our desires, labor and biological timeline run in opposition to market theory. I think women will be a major force in shifting our broken economic system. We need to organize and communicate, communicate, communicate.
“Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market. He is alienated from himself, from his fellow men and from nature. His main aim is profitable exchange of his skills, knowledge, and of himself, his “personality package” with others who are equally intent on a fair and profitable exchange. Life has no goal except the one to move, no principle except the one of fair exchange, no satisfaction except the one to consume.p97.”
― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
This kind of capitalism feeds a dystopian system. People who want to buy their own homes before starting a family have to wait longer because of rising costs. This is especially bad for women. Meanwhile people who are happy to live on state benefits start having children in their teens. Again women get a raw deal because the children’s father(s) may not stay around to raise them.