Also, I'm curious as to why you're so hot for capitalism.
Because I want to be successful (not just to survive) and I can't exactly do that if capitalism falls. I'll just be left with nothing to do and just enough to survive, and no way to make more.
Considering that for most of its reign most people were miserable and class mobility was low
It isn't now.
I don't know why anyone in their right mind would support such a system if they were in the middle to lower classes.
I think it works for the middle classes as well. It's only those who can't or won't work that don't do well.
the works of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Chikovsky, Asimov, Sun Tzu, and Roddenberry are all bodies of art.
The Parthenon, The Sistine Chapel, The statue of Liberty, the 'Sagrada Familia', The sphinx and more are works of art.
No one is denying that. Just imagine if all the effort put into those was put into scientific and technological advancement. We'd likely be a few years ahead today.
The transition from the bronze age to the iron age happened in the hands art those who practiced the art of metallurgy.
That's technology or science, not art.
songs, poems and grand speeches inspire movements and instill resiliance in those seeking a better world
Um, yeah, the Civil Rights Movement was good, but practical and logical writings would do even better at changing things than songs and poems IMHO.
if it has moved humanity up from those primatives you proclaim we have surpassed that it has at it's foundations an art. Art is the currency of cultural advancment, it is the means by which we test the boundaries of what is possible and imagine it's impact on the future.
If all the energy that we put into art was put into science over the ages, humans could well be traveling to the stars by now.
There is a human urge to want to leave something behind of worth. Many who grow up wealthy want to leave behind more than more possessions. As for your comment about "a lot of people will do nothing productive" can you tell me what is so "productive" about what most people do. Almost everyone is involved with producing and marketing disposable goods.
I'm talking about the STEM fields, where people contribute the most to humanity. They'll eventually be the only occupations left, I suppose, given all the automation going on.
I suspect my work history is a bit longer and likely more varied than you.
Almost certainly true.
So what do you do that is so "Productive"?
Nothing yet. Eventually computer programming.