This isn't actually a debate about what's better because that bores the fuck outta me having spent an entire semester studying a module based on introductory political theory but I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on the following:
Do you think it would be fair to suggest that one being born into a capitalistic society makes them a lot more likely to develop some sort of special snowflake complex where they are firmly encouraged by all to believe they can be whatever they want, and that they are different to everyone else (this would, of course, be presented in stark contrast against, say, more collectivist eastern [dare I say it - potentially communist] countries where deindividuation is usually the way to go) but over time the inner mechanics of the capitalistic machine reveal themselves to the special snowflake in a series of stunning life disappointments, at which point they tend to go through a quarter-life crisis and re-evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and realise that maybe their potential and their reality are two different things. And then this harrowing experience leads them to seek meaning from life in another way, which could well end up with them wishing they were just another cog in a well-oiled machine (à la communism) as opposed to unwittingly being one anyway (à la the diminished, broken dreams of the youth in this current recessionary climate). I think this could be a rising underground movement either right now or in the near future. Obviously there are some extreme generalisations and assumptions - I like to think of what I just wrote as an economic theory; taking everything for granted and simplifying all of it.
I thought it would be interesting to get your perspectives considering the diverse range of backgrounds we have on this forum.