Nov. 15, 2012
Elise Amyx at Values and Capitalism writes about how Christian hipsters are declaring the demise of capitalism. Perhaps, it would be good to know what a Christian hipster stands for and how is capitalism over?
According to Brett McCracken, author of Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide, a Christian hipster is a young evangelical who strays from the typical stereotypes of the evangelicals of the 80s and 90s and prefers the progressive viewpoints, as well as intellectual Christianity. While most evangelicals prefer to help Republicans, the Christian hipster prefers Barack Obama.
Therefore, it should not surprise you that a Christian hipster might consider capitalism over.
Young Protestants today seem to be rebelling against the traditional Protestant work ethic because they associate it with a greedy, selfish, superficial version of the American Dream. Evangelical hipster culture implies that Christians should oppose capitalism and adopt pro-regulation, pro-environmentalism, pro-universal health care political positions to truly live a Christ-like life. (Source)
There is something wrong here. I am pretty certain that many Christian hipsters work hard. In fact, they might even embrace capitalism more than they think. Take for example, increased government regulations would squash freedom and innovation. This is surely something they might be against.
Whether or not they realize it, capitalism is all around them. After all, many of the products they use -- whether it be Apple products or Starbucks coffee -- began in a capitalist society. It was the free market and innovation that brought many of the modern conveniences they rely upon.