"Most people take capitalism for granted, just as they take the solar system for granted. The eventual passing of capitalism, which is often conceded nowadays, is thought of in much the same way as the eventual cooling of the sun, that is to say, its relevance to contemporary events is denied. From this point of view one can understand and criticize what happens within the framework of the system; one can neither understand nor evaluation what happens to the system itself. Great historical events, however, generally concern whole social systems. The result is that to the typical modern mind they assume a catastrophic character, with all that this implies in the way of emotional shock and intellectual confusion."
Sweezy, Paul M. The Theory of Capitalist Development, 1942. pp.21-22.