posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 10:06 PM
reply to post by ipsedixit
That is to a large extent true, I believe, but I don't think that people who realize this also realize the real nature of the relationship between
these people, call them oligarchs, and the politicians they hire.
The "true nature"? What could this be other than to do the masters' bidding? Are you suggesting something more nefarious like the politicians
control the oligarchs? Sometimes these politicians are in fact oligarchs themselves, fabuolously wealthy and the scions of families heading large
corporations and therefore commanding political power in and of themselves and their connections.
Or do you think the present political system is simply one where a corrupt elite (call them the oligarchs) are balanced sometimes and sometimes not by
politicians actually motivated by the intent to protect the middle class? If you think this, how then do you explain the documented 40% drop in the
wealth of US familes just in the period from 2007 to 2010?
Politicians must do the job they are both hired and elected to do.
That is a statement of ideology and not fact. If you look at the US and only the US over time, say the last 50 years, you can see that politicians do
NOT do what they are elected to do. You could look at any modern industrialised country and see the same.
You do realize politicians always address two audiences, right? The voters they intend to cheat and big business interests they in fact serve.
If they serve the interests of big business they are not serving the interests of the public. The aim of one is profit, the aim of the other is need.
You seem to be getting the two mixed up, which is the purpose of media spin of course.
The Japanese case sounds more the exception than the rule.
Absolutely not. If you have been following the Japanese government's maneourverings around the demands of big business against the overwhelming
expressed wish of the Japanese people you would not make that kind of statement. I am talking about Fukushima and the issue of restarting the nuclear
power stations in that country, ya know?
When you talk about 'stewards of the national economy' you need to stop right there and think about what that means. Too much to pull out of that.
But for starters it has been a long long time since any national economy was decoupled from the global economy, and the very phrase 'national
economy' is totally and perhaps intentionally ambiguous. Consider the measures being taken by so many governments right now to correct budget
balances - austerity measures do not serve public good, they might tell you that is the reason for making you unemployed, for raising your taxes, for
cutting your services (including education and health) but the real reason is to appease their real masters i.e. big business/ your oligarchs.