THE CAPITALIST FUTURE : A CONSEQUENCE OF CALVINIST ANNUNCIATION
In his work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Weber predicts that the future will be a world of 'mechanized perfection' devoid of 'religious and ethical meaning.' In this world modern capitalism becomes a self sustaining system no longer needing the Calvinist religious impetus that had inspired the work ethic. Weber argues that the future will be a capitalistic society, where the proletariat and
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may come to pass. He also suggests another possibility that of the embellishment of the 'mechanized petrifaction' (182) with a 'sort of convulsive self importance.'(182) There is, however, no way we can know what will occur in the future at the present time. Until then, we are all 'specialists without spirit, [and] sensualists without heart.' (182)
Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Roxbury Publishing Company: Los Angeles, rpt. 1995.