Goodbye Democracy and Capitalism
Floris Koot
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This article presents itself in the logical order: problem, causes, solution. But I am convinced it was created in the reverse order: the desired solution came first, then the causes were selected and described in a way to point to that solution, and lastly the problems were selected and described with language that pointed to those causes and that solution.

That makes it propaganda. Subtle, seductive, but propaganda nonetheless.

I won’t waste your time on the details. Here is the major flaw in the article. First, the author describes problems in our societies, of which there are many, without drawing the reader’s attention to the fact that they all, or most of them, are rooted in the darker expressions of our human nature. Some minority of people will lie, cheat, steal, even kill, for power and wealth and fame. Look no further than our politicians, but they can be found everywhere, Wall Street, executive offices, union leadership, everywhere. And the more power and wealth and fame they acquire, the greater the harmful impact their flaws have on the great majority of us who strive to express our better angels.

The consequences are many of the social and environmental problems the author describes. The author then misdirects the reader with the implication that those problems actually stem from the kind of economic and political system we have here in the West: democracy and capitalism. Ignoring that there are a variety of economic and political systems around the world, and those selected problems are pretty much universal, differing only in extent and detail. And, truth be known, less under democracy and capitalism than under other, more totalitarian systems.

He then compounds the fault by implying that the problems would lessen if we chose some undefined new system of economy and politics, because the causes of the problems would not associate with that new system as they do with democracy and capitalism.

The flaw in that idea is that the true source of those problems, the darker expressions of human nature, are common to all systems of economy and politics because they all are human systems; and the more those systems concentrate power and control into the hands of the few, the worse those few can make it for the rest of us when they go bad. The worst places on earth are the dictatorships, because they inevitably elevate the worst of mankind to total power. The next worse are the anarchies, because they allow all the human vices free reign.

The fatal flaw in all arguments for Utopian systems of government is the assertion that under such a system, only the beneficent dimensions of human nature will find expression in those holding power and wealth and fame. Never has happened; never will happen.

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