A President who invokes absolute authority to…pardon himself. An ambassador to Germany who declares he wants to…topple the German government. Senators — the most powerful people in democracy, save the President — knocking on the door of a “detainment center”, looking for kids separated from their parents, only to be denied by guards who…laugh at them contemptuously, call the police, and have them shooed away like nobodies.
A frightening parallel can be seen when we think about global capitalism. As I’ve written elsewhere, the central logic of this economic system is to extract wealth from the productive activities of others and hoard it for personal gain. This creates a system that is eerily like cancer — as endless economic growth becomes the primary purpose for greedy individuals who are structurally incapable of ever having enough. When they became millionaires, it was necessary to infiltrate the political process to secure even more.