They do, and the emphasis on economic prosperity disguises the rest of their story. While China, for example, lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, Chinese people have not at all been granted more civil or political rights. Economic growth doesn’t seem to father moral progress.
Maarten van Doorn
That’s exactly one of the deepest misunderstandings capitalist system reinforces! We are used to measuring the overall wellbeing of societies by their “objective” economic prosperity. Thank you for making this point.
And I get you — we cannot blame just the system for individual behaviours. At the same time, who are we as individuals? I believe we are largely products of our environments and cultures. So I believe that until we make a collective effort to change the system, it will be virtually impossible to see a meaningful change emerging on the level of individual behaviour.