Just playing with some ideas here.. Capitalism is failing because the people have figured out it was all a game. The people have learned that the rich aren't generally smarter and harder working then the average working man but only "smarter at working the system'. All the while, the filthy rich have grown tired of "stealing honest". It seems that many of the greatest downfalls have came because someone decided they should get to be the bank -- Enron, FullTilt Poker, and Mf Global all come to mind. Why does everyone want to be the bank? Ah, because its a license to print money. The filthy rich have said to themselves, "We're stealing money left and right. But we have to follow these stupid rules -- why can't we just steal outright? -- after all its just a game!". The masses also are growing angry, "Why do we have to work when money is just a game !! Why don't we just take the rich mans money?". The reasons for these attitudes indeed originates from fiat money but it also comes from capitalism's success. The modern man no longer has to work on the farm to survive. He had time to pursue other activities -- made up activities. While the ethical and moral pinning of capitalism have been laid hollow, more importantly large numbers of people are unemployed and without a system that enables them to use their productivity to maximum extent in the arts and sciences -- the net result is that capitalism isn't pushing us toward our primary goal as a species which is the development of useful technology whether that technology be a piece of art, clothing, drugs, or new computers. The end result is that we see the endings of capitalism. Man always has found a way to serve his ultimate purpose though and the next form that will develop will likely be a technology based society where man's real purpose is presented without the dogmatism of previous generation: Create. Make useful technology. And this will have been made possible by technology and by capitalism.. a stepping stone toward the technological society.