TrixRabbi wrote:-Darwinian Capitalism. He just said that. He seriously just said that.
I keep hearing this phrase ever since I saw it, and every time (haw!), In Time with Philippe at the poker table flashes across my mind--so I came here to try to break the chain, so to speak.
This is the scene in question. http://www.hitfix.com/videos/in-time-darwinian-capitalism
I couldn't really find a good definition of the phrase (Google keeps redirecting to Social Darwinism), but it's obvious he's using it to justify his superiority, which is perfectly appropriate and fits the scenario. More important, I think, is that this isn't the viewpoint of the movie since Philippe is the bad guy. I think the point is that the acquisition of power is one thing, using it to oppress others is another. Capitalism is not a system than can exist in a vacuum since it will always devolve into an oligarchy as it does here, without a mechanism to protect individual rights--at which point it is no longer capitalism. Survival of the fittest is never in perpetuity in any case, even if you control time at the moment (time being a questionable medium of exchange to begin with). There will always be someone who is more fit, more lucky, or is a faster clock.