Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The biggest danger to democracy
It's the rapidly increasing disparity between the wealthy and the rest of us. The problem comes about when one class of people have so much disposable money they can afford to use it to purchase government. When they do this, they create policies that allow them to keep getting richer and richer, while neglecting policy that promotes the general welfare. It's a positive feedback death spiral. The best government that money can buy is crap. We have seen this process really get rolling ever since Ronald Reagan acted as president. By now, we may have passed the tipping point. Money controls Washington with such a fierce grip, that we may be doomed to devolve into a corrupt unstable state. Eventually the leaders will, using the excuse of security, overthrow all pretense of democratic ideals. We have certainly seen the first steps toward this in the Patriot Act.