The single most dangerous threat to American Democracy is money. (Or, if you prefer, capitalism. )
It isnt money that is the problem...it is the LOVE of money. There was an old guy at the nursing home who was disabled by paint fumes during the war and he used to mutter that all the time. I believe it. Money is ok...greed is not.
The single most dangerous threat to American democracy is underregulated capitalism.
No, not another way of saying money. Another way of saying overly concentrated money. The absurdly unequal distribution of money is what has undermined and is undermining American democracy to the point where I think the distribution could ultimately kill American democracy.
No one has yet been able to make society on a large scale run without money. Sure, it would be great to make it work sort of like Club Med without the shops and alcohol (because neither are included), but that's the way Club Med is for the guests, not the employees. The kibbutzim did it for a while, but the next generation preferred capitalism and each kibbutz is on too small a scale.
Republicans love capitalism. The free market is a wonderful thing but it needs regulation because some humans are greedy and mean. I guess they ruin it for the others just like in all sorts of situations humans are involved in. Chocolate cake isnt bad it is the overindulgence of it that is gross.
The zero-sum competitive reflexes of capitalism and the egalitarian impulses of democracy are mutually exclusive. In short, we're at war with ourselves.
Most of our problems could be adequately addressed, if not solved, by removing profit, and the profit motive, from the equations we apply in an effort to achieve social and economic equity, parity, and justice.
That is what the communists thought. My dad agreed and loved the idea of clean money. However when you take profit away people stagnate. Humans like to wheel and deal. I think it is decadence that gets us...too much pleasure in all the wrong places instead of nice sustained growth and warmth and compassion.
I think Zanelle has a good point when she says "Humans like to wheel and deal."
How to eliminate that and the emergence of a self-professed master wheeler/dealer like Big Top Don is the Big question.
What has happened that someone with a track record such as his, the multiple bankruptcies, the utter and complete lack of veracity in presenting himself, can be overlooked and said to just be part of the political landscape?
The sheer adoration for his fictional personage is frightening in its implications.
Who do we expect will go along with removing the profit motive?
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