Society has been struggling to understand the idea of capital since the dawn of civilization. Because human beings require certain items for survival, comfort, and pleasure we are creatures of consumption. This desire as consumers coupled with the advancements of technology have intensified our desire for personal gain and the notion that we can predict and change the future has increased exponentially. The multiple theories on the workings of capital can be seen as an attempt to develop the crystal ball that allows us to complete this task. Although these theories each have a different the definition of capital, the desire for humans to consume remains constant. This desire is directly linked to the human craving for capital wealth and power. The understanding of the intrinsic roll capital plays in society is complicated and the attempts to develop theories that explain the relationships of the wealth-swing involve many oscillating dynamics and are largely unverifiable, which make the solidifying of a true theory nearly impossible.
The common string in the numerous theorizations of capital is the relationship it shares with monetary wealth. It is agreed that these are one in the same. The initial findings in the development of the many theories that comprise the idea of capital were directly connected though they differed on their perspective of institution, authority, power, production, labor, distribution, ownership, society, consumption, accumulation, competition, and profit. The early exploration of the theories was an attempt to explain monetary flow and human advancement. This was possibly an attempt to understand the initial consumption of goods not required for survival. As time went on, the theories began to examine the ideas of work and its relationship to power and authority; particularly regarding the development of an increased amount of goods through the factory of mass quantity production. The more recent endeavors of capital theorization appear to be an attempt to explain the profit margin as it relates to the institution and the corruption of business. As Deleuze and Foucault describe, we have shifted from the idea of the production of the factory, disciplinary society, to a society where the desire is to maintain relevancy in an advanced society is necessary, the society of control. The maintenance is rooted in greed and corruption and the fear of becoming irrelevant is the fuel to the fire.
Society continues to grow increasingly more complicated and as such is more difficult to analyze and understand. There are a few aspects of capital that are straightforward and thus are the bottom-line items in this continuous argument of the theory of capital. One, capital is monetary wealth. Two, human consumption fuels the flow of capital. Three, government and big business are the majority holders and influencers of capital. Four, corruption and deceit comprise an inevitable under-layer of the capital current. Capital itself maintains fluid momentum in social exchange. The understanding of this momentum is largely the cause of the difficulty in the solidification of any theory that aids in its definition. With the advancement of technology and the ever-changing trends of consumption we are left with the notion that we will never fully understand this driving force, we simply must accept that what it does is move us forward and that the future is an unknown entity of excitement and wonder where capital will always maintain relevancy.