We live in samsara...expect life to be crap, Getting what you dont want is standard here. Did Buddha ever attempt to implement a political system for others benifit ?
Or is it that there is no real benifit to be gained from politics if we seek happiness and better standards of living I think its far better to start cherishing others and developing Bodhisattva like qualities.
Well you have to remember that Buddha, according to Digha Nikāya, was the first human king of this eon in a past life...so yes, actually.
The problem is this -- Capitalism is a system where one cherishes oneself and develops mara-qualities. Bodhisattvas really ought not support such a system even if there is little they can do about it.
But if they have the chance, then they should try and act like Ashoka (after he figured out he was a mass murderer) Srongtsan Gampo, Trisrong De'utsan, etc.
Perhapes In a past life however generally in his life as Shakyamuni did he attempt to implement a political system or did he show the renunciates way ?
Capitialism is a perfect system for samsara, Of course having said that it doesnt mean it brings happiness...Rather so untill everyone in the world suddenly decides to cherish others and place theyre happiness above their own we shall be keeping it I think.
Would a Bodhisattva out and out reject capitalism ? Well seeing as they would be practising pure conduct and renunciation I dont think they would bother to try and build a better looking sand castle.
On another note did anyone watch the zeitgeist films ? They had some interesting ideas.