MMM is right... although we don't border on fascism... by definition, our government is controlled by corporations, so we ARE a fascist state.
So far as capitalism... I think it's important to consider real definitions versus the "co-opting" of those definitions by the controlling power
Corporatism, is NOT capitalism.
Mom and Pop scraping together their money, and opening a mom and pop store IS capitalism. They gathered private capital, and started a business, and
all the risk that goes with it. In fact, look at this very scenario, and how many immigrants, now citizens, that still do this exact thing.
(although I'm gonna bet they are shocked at how many stupid ass laws they have to contend with just to stay in business)
Even corporations, that are well run, and have good ethics and moral actions as guiding principals, are simple capitalist enterprises.
On a side note... you have the left screaming "more regulations" and the right saying "we need to get rid of regulations". Again... this is just
With all the regulations we already have on the books... a specific "business sector" managed to loot the U.S. public, and cause more than 17
Trillion dollars to disappear out of the economy in the course of 2 or 3 years.
How is that possible? Simple. While "professionals" in Washington tout the need for "more regulations of the financial (or any other) sector",
the big corporate players write the regulations, and get their cronies in washington to vote for them. They even put language in them that sounds
like companies better not break these rules... but alas... they are only "suggestions on what is ethical behavior".
In fact, the very things that would clearly be crimes in a 0% regulations society, are now codified as "legal, although immoral behavior." As most
folks know by now... banksters don't care if actions are unethical. They could care less.
But again... semantics and the co-opting of language are used to snow what ever small part of the public might be paying attention.
Yeah, maybe it sounds "Libertarian". Most folks who claim to be libertarians, aren't really. In fact, one of Ron Paul's biggest challenges, is
his belief that when he talks about "liberty and FREEDOM" that people actually know what he's talking about. Most don't. Even most Libertarian
Folks who think we need a big government, don't trust the moral content of their neighbors, but also tend to object to creating the kind of personal
freedom and exchange of ideas that allow people to take care of themselves and their families, and then reach out, congruent with their moral
character, to help others who are in need around them.
Right now, despite a MASSIVE influx of government money over the last 2 to 3 decades, there are more poor or working poor than at any time since the
The traditional morality and good nature of Americans, would take care of most of the poor... if the government would just get the hell out of the
If you don't believe that... just talk to some other food related businesses in your home town, about the laws against them giving perfectly good
food to those in need. Thousands of tons of it, thrown away every day in the U.S. There are THOUSANDS of laws in the U.S., that prevent people and
businesses, from helping the poorest among us.
Okay... sorry... end of screed :-)
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