Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the lawsCapitalism has its flaws, but I agree with you about debt and the "perpetual growth" idol. Sitting around worship at the feet of the almighty FICO. A good book I read, "The Unincorporated Man." You've probably read it, but in case you haven't, it's about a future where every living person is "Incorporated". and from a young age people buy percentages of your stock. This is how you fund things like college or other training. all persons in this society are slaves to the largest shareholders the way businesses are and you get to see the effect. You also get to see the effect of an "unincorporated man" because a rich person from our era is Frozen and awakes in this future in secret with treasures that insure he has no need to incorporate.
The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking that this is science fiction... but this doesn't sound unlike the present. we sell our lives to banks in the form of student loans which will only disappear if you pay them off (buy back your shares). Until then, your life is dictated by that debt. Throw in credit card debt, car debt, etc. and we the borrowers are, as Solomon said, slaves to the lender(s).
suddenly a salary that would be sufficient to live comfortably becomes too little because we can't afford to live and service our debts at the same time.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild