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12 Business Designs To Make You Think: Maybe Capitalism Is A Religion?

 

Beautiful buildings and religion seem to go hand in hand.  For example just look at European architecture.  All of those old buildings, however, are made in the name of religion. We in America still see this “Godly” sort of detail in the buildings around us.  That same beauty, however, is not from any formal religion. It is, instead, in commercial markets across America and it makes us wonder: Maybe capitalism is a religion.

 

 1. This Los Angeles Ziggurat design is reminiscent of an ancient Babylonian religious structure. It is a capitalist church dedicated to outlet stores.

Ziggurat to capitalism
Via Praytino

2. We are all familiar with the magic kingdom.  If it wasn’t for the free cash flow into Disneyland park then this monument to the capitalism religion would never have been built.

Via Tuxyso

3) Ray Croc once compared the Golden Arches to the crucifix so thanks for this temple to consumerism Ray.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_McDonald%27s#/media/File:2009-0725-CA-010-Fresno-McDonalds.jpg
Golden Arches Via wikipedia Commons Bobak Ha

4) Fry’s Electronics is tantamount to an Aztec temple.  Since blood sacrifice is illegal we’ll have to settle for the money earned by the blood, sweat and tears of its worshippers and wage laborers.

Paul Sullivan via Flckr

5) More Fry’s Electronics God-Like Temples to to the Capitalism religion.

6) With this little Burger King prayer chapel I’m 100% sure that Capitalism is a religion.

Church of Burger king capitalism is a religion
Via Roadroach

7) This Burger King looks like it was meant for a noble person.  That’s probably why it was made.  To exalt the noble executives or franchisee who basically has sovereign dominion over his/her employee-serfs.

Burger King Castle Via Roadroach

8) Here at Starbucks, the line between religious indoctrination and simple commodity fetishism is seriously compromised.

Via DJ Chuang

 

 

9) Since this church was not being used it’s likely that they decided to turn it into a Taco Bell. Not much of a difference in function. Money is God.

10) The soft glow of the neon lights give it this stained glass window effect.  The only other time you’d see that would be at church.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taco_Bell_Night.JPG

11) Look at this shopping mall in Paris and try not to compare it to a temple to some God of Capitalism.

This mall in paris shows that capitalism is a religion

12) The Old Odeon is basically a temple to the Gods of Capitalism. All Hail the Market!

The old odeon
via public domain source

13) This Dave and Busters when mixed with P.F. Changs looks like a Greek Parthenon.  A testament to the fact that Capitalism is a religion.

Dave and Busters Odeon Capitalist religion

14) White Castle has more of the same standards.

 

 

White castle Hamburger Chain of Capitalists
Via Roadroach

15) We know the Greeks & Romans had a thing for Bull worship.  I guess we aren’t that different.

 

You can’t blame people for worshiping capitalism.  Capitalism is a religion for christ-sake.  I mean when you pray to any of the old Gods, you have a 50-50 chance that your wish will come true.  When you realize capitalism is a religion, then all you need to do to have your prayers answered is walk to your nearest store.

 

Written by Emilie Wasser

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