Scientists capture nanoscopic images of human hearts still beating in the chests of those living and working in capitalist economies.
In what’s being called a breakthrough for understanding the impact of capitalism on human health, scientists have learned that our global economic system is in the business of extracting more than just coal and other rare earth minerals.
The complete set of images and findings will be presented in the next issue of Scientific American. Meanwhile, Left Coast was granted special permission to share several key images from the forthcoming study. We present them here, along with the abbreviated biographies of each participant.
↑ David Kent’s heart, 43.
Mr. Kent works at a Los Angeles-based global auto parts distribution company and spends 25% of his professional life traveling to China, where he oversees high-value manufacturing operations. He delivered over 27 PowerPoint presentations to top management last year. Mr. Kent broke his ankle three years ago and says it’s been a struggle to “climb out of all the medical debt.”
↑ Eric Humpal’s heart, 30.
Mr. Humpal graduated from college with over $60,000 in student loan debt. He now works at a Starbucks, and is grateful to have an insurance policy for health care and one free coffee beverage daily. Humpal spends nights and weekends writing theatrical plays in a room he rents from a retired woman. She, in turn, sends Humpal’s rent payments straight to her daughter in New York, who is completing an unpaid internship at a prestigious publishing company.
↑ Jessica Stafford’s heart, 38.
Ms. Stafford manages over 200 vacation rental properties for out-of-town owners. Her duties include overseeing all domestic help, arranging any necessary building maintenance and upkeep, seasonal weather-proofing, complaint handling, payment processing, and client management. “Whatever the client needs, I’m there,” she says.
↑ Randal Henderson’s heart, 51.
Considered a math prodigy in school, Mr. Henderson chose a career in financial services. He currently manages micro-trading investments for Fortune 500 firms. Henderson had to testify before Congress about his company’s derivatives unit, but no criminal charges were filed. He spends less than 2 hours a week giving his children his undivided attention.
↑ Donna Jordan’s heart, 44.
Ms. Jordan is a debt collections officer. She set a company record for consecutive days meeting her delinquent accounts quota. She herself has an excellent credit rating with all three major bureaus, but admits, “each call I make takes a little piece of me—I can’t do this forever.” She added, “I’d love to make a career transition, but the money is just too good right now.”