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  •  American-style capitalism was always bankrupt (16+ / 0-)

    It has taken years to expose it, that's all.

    Adapting Milton Friedman's sterile axioms to politics has resulted in a win-at-all-costs attitude where the strong feast on the weak.

    What does it mean to be American anymore? What is this country about when it feasts on its own people, and tells them that it is the American way.

    We said we want change, and they gave us a handful.

    by MouseOfSuburbia on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 06:26:21 AM PDT

    •  Survival of the Fittest (16+ / 0-)

      perpetuated by people who deny evolution.

      And they're not even, really, "the fittest." Their old money gives them an advantage to begin with, so all they have to do is coast, ala GW. There's no magic meritocracy. That would only exist if inheritances were illegal (or really heavily taxed).

      I'd like to see some of these silver spoon babies make it in the world I grew up in. The world where I had to sling beer to rednecks to pay my way through college, where I had to wash dishes in high school to help pay my way, where I had to work myself into an arthritic disability for 20 years only to wind up on welfare because the doctor says I can't work, but social security says it will be two years before I can have an appeal hearing.

      I'd like to see one of the trust fund babies make it through this winter with me, my wife, and son.

      People are only cogs in the capitalist system, just another interchangeable part that can be replaced at as low a cost as you can get away with.

      •  Rec'd for last sentence. (6+ / 0-)

        It's something everyone should understand.  So much else starts to make sense when you do.  

        They see me trollin'. They hatin'

        by obnoxiotheclown on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:39:57 AM PDT

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      •  the whole "survival of the fittest" thing (8+ / 0-)

        has been usurped by anti-intellectuals as a postulate. So they're happily assuming that those who survived must be the ones who are fittest.

        What they fail to realize is that in real evolution, biological or cultural, things are not that simple. As you say, old money does give the plutocrats a fitness advantage. But the fitness of an individual does not operate in a vacuum.

        Today, being plugged into the blogosphere confers a fitness advantage to entire communities of individuals.

        Today, looking for non-violent solutions to regional problems confers a fitness advantage to entire nations.

        Today, engineering a robustly sustainable economy confers a fitness advantage to the entire human population.

        We're living in interesting times: It is the first time that networks of individuals, communities and nations have begun to achieve an overall objective fitness advantage over the plutocracy.

        If the plutocracy were to figure this out quickly enough and organized itself into new, even more virulent global institutions, then we would experience lock-down in the form of secular or religious fascism.

        What's saving our bacon -- no surprise to those of us who are into that arcane stuff about complex systems -- is cultural diversity. Even the plutocrats themselves are partially slaves to their own cultural heritage. The probability today of American, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean plutocrats cooperating effectively in their own interest is practically zero.

        It all boils down to the one bit of math they never really got their heads wrapped around: There are a lot more of us than there are of them.

        They can run, but they can't hide.

        Nemo iudex in sua causa. -5.88,-7.90

        by Jurassic Game Warden on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 12:44:57 PM PDT

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