posits that competition in the free market will maintain a prosperous
society. However, we have seen competition breed a huge egotistic sense
of self-entitlement, in other words greed. All of the controls, such as
anti-monopoly laws, have been unenforced in the interest of the rich
getting richer. So we have a society with huge class inequalities.
Socialism is a word frequently used by the very rich to scare us away
from maintaining assistance for the truly needy, because they feel like
they would be the big losers in such a system. But what would be so bad
about each of us having everything we need for survival and good living,
then being satisfied? Our capitalistic economy is built on convincing
us to buy things we don't need. What if it were based on reward and
recognition for creating systems that enhance our connections with each
other, that educate all equally, that exert societal pressure on those
who act only out of self-interest, that create and sell products with
only reasonable and necessary profit, and in which the media is truthful
and extols those who are altruistic?
May 25th, 2015
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