Muse by David Teitsma

My attempt to understand and be understood.

The United States went through industrialization around a hundred
years ago. This is after or during capitalism and market competition
was beginning. Capitalism has, of course, been the key to our success,
but it seems to me to have come at the cost of industrialization. This
includes increased consumerism, abuse, high use and eventual depletion
of natural resources, and a 'tool for everything mentality.' Without
flushing out how this happened and what this means, I just want to ask
a question:

Is it possible to have a country become capitalistic without going
through industrialization or becoming industrialized?

As I think about how Development projects in developing countries
include micro-financing and other tools to foster capitalism and
opportunities for families to improve their conditions, I am
apprehensive of industrialization and consumerism coming to these
countries as a result of fostering capitalism. Look at many highly
populated cities in developing countries, with horrendous problems of
air and water pollution, severe depletion of natural resources, and
migrated (from the u.s.) ideals of buying for pleasure.

Both industrialization and capitalism seemed tied together for the
U.S. but I hope that this is not universally true, so that other
countries don't have to suffer difficult consequences when introduced
to capitalism.