Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by wcitizen
The corruption runs so deep, the system is beyond repair. It needs to be totally dismantled and replaced.
I tend to agree - but suspect any institutionalized system invites corruption.
...Small is beautiful?
The problem is any non-institutionalized system also
Free-market capitalism is inherently
flawed because it rewards ambition. In a perfect world that would be great, but in the real world - who
are the most "ambitious" people:
Fact is it's not the hardest-working - it's the ones who will do whatever it takes to get what they want. That means lie/cheat/steal/step over their
own mother's back to get to the top. And once they get there, they will do everything in their power to keep anyone else from usurping them. That
means colluding with their other unethical peers to keep the actual honest, hard-working individuals down.
So the more power these greed-obsessed sociopaths acquire, the worse it becomes. It's a vicious cycle, and why our system is unfortunately built to
reward them, and why it naturally leads to the plutocratic, oligarchic mess we all find ourselves in now.
What the solution is - I don't know. It's almost like a "you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't" situation.
All I know is what we have now clearly isn't working, and we're all
part of the problem. Because even as victims we enable it, through things
like mindless consumerism and social apathy.
So the first step is simply admitting and addressing the problem - but there are too many people in the herd who just don't want to.
You even see it here on ATS everyday - from everyone who moans and complains about "TPTB", without ever asking what they themselves can do to be the
change they want to see - to the full-fledged FOX News puppets, who are so obviously brainwashed into attacking anyone who so much as questions the
I used to believe the answer was education, and critical thinking, and denying ignorance, and letting these self-evident truths catch on virally until
everyone "woke up". But now that I see how much these things are abused and manipulated right here on ATS - I really don't know what to believe any