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  •  American politics is always a fight for values, (0+ / 0-)

    not outcomes.

    The reason fairness is at the center of Democratic Party values is because it is at the center of American values. There is also the value of liberty which is at the center of Republican Party values because it is at the center of American values. The only time one party gets to dominate the other is when one of the two parties forgets completely about the values of the other.

    The tug of war between individual liberty and collective fairness has defined our political culture since the founders.

    The things you discuss here, while noble, would me more appropriate in a traditionaly socially stratified European state. Which, if we have become that, then we probably do need the framing you outline. But if we have, I think the country needs convincing first. I don't think we have quite yet and neither would most Americans I belive.

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