Consumer Capitalism – Chari Maila

Our Nepali capitalism is cruel to the bone, not that western capitalism is not, but our version degrades the worker to the extreme. Nepali society is relatively new to consumer capitalism. We have created our own type of capitalism where…

Consumer Capitalism - Chari Maila

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Our Nepali capitalism is cruel to the bone, not that western capitalism is not, but our version degrades the worker to the extreme. Nepali society is relatively new to consumer capitalism. We have created our own type of capitalism where because we straight dived into it we have kept our feudal ways while adapting to capitalism.
We don’t think when we buy and consume. Who is this money going to? Is it going to our local “Kirana Pasals”? No. Profits end up in the hands of the big business, and in most cases go straight to multinational companies. Profits won’t stay here and help our local Nepalese economy. The trickle down theory is a lie.
We are helping the people who are oppressing us by buying their products. We are supporting the cruel oppressive capitalist system by supporting their businesses. If we want a more fair and just society, we have to boycott all multinationals and their products, we have to support our local produce, and buy stuff made by small artisans. Locally produced things are better in quality anyways.
We have to learn that greed has no limits, you can earn a lot of money and will still think that you want more. Consumerism has no limit, we will keep consuming until the earth is finished of its resources if we leave the system in the hands of multinational cooperations.
In this song Chari Maila sings about how cruel and unforgiving the capitalist system can be. The people live in the brink of survival, and when a natural crisis happens, the capitalist master will not give slack so that people can survive. The result is the loan shark, who in the end is also owned by the capitalist.

Here are the English translations to the song:

Capitalism is cruel to the extreme
Predators and prey
Even relationships between us
Has become a commodity

It tires the people
Trying too hard for capital
We dig our own grave
By destroying the already destroyed earth

Consumerism has no limits
There is no end for greed
It is an accident of human society
The world is increasing its speed

Civilization and development has an end
Harder to live than ever
The proletariat struggle
In the life of slavery

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