Posted 2 years ago on April 5, 2013, 1:03 a.m. EST by Kavatz
from Edmonton, AB
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Is it capitalism or is it the political system?
We can say capitalism and most people generally know what you're talking about. Well, to some extent anyway. (Ours is a horrible perversion of what it could be.)
The political system is more elusive. It doesn't have a name. We do have a few names for it, I like this definition:
"The United States is a representative democracy. Citizens elect representatives to national, state, and local government; those representatives create the laws that govern U.S. society. Although nothing in U.S. law requires it, in practice, the political system is dominated by political parties. With rare exceptions, elections are decided between the two major parties: Democrats and Republicans. Although citizens vote for individual candidates, most candidates are affiliated with one part or another. Therefore, much of U.S. politics boils down to party politics. ... At times, this influence has grown so noticeable that some have called into question whether the U.S. is truly a democracy of the people or something more like an oligarchy of special interest groups. " https://www.boundless.com/sociology/understanding-government/u-s-political-system/u-s-political-system/
My opinion is it's the political system. The form or variation of capitalism is defined by what the political system will or will not tolerate. I won't say it is bound by what the people will or will not tolerate, because the people are not unified and are powerless. There is no democracy here, that's very obvious and I pity anyone who believes otherwise.
So, capitalism or the political system? Or something else?
If we know what the #1 problem is, why not focus all energy on it. We are a light bulb without focus. Sure we light up the room, we are a bright group, but is a laser not more effective in some cases? When will we decide unity is better than an army spread hopelessly thin?
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