liberalrob commented on the blog post Democracy and Now Capitalism Are Failing Ideologically; But What Comes Next?
Minor grammar pedant kvetch: too many paragraphs starting with “But.”
I keep seeing arguments that we need a new constitution. I don’t agree, the one we have is just fine. As I see it, where we have gone astray is a disconnect between the leadership class and the general public. Our leaders may as well be Martians for all intents and purposes, as far as comparing their lifestyles to the “average American.” In general, they do not have a sense of the impact of their policies on the public they were elected to serve. Also, our leadership class has fallen victim to some really bad ideological hokum, malignant zombie theories of morality and ethics tracing back to Social Darwinist philosophies of the late 19th century.
More than anything else, I say we are suffering from a massive failure of our educational system. The fact that large numbers of citizens can actually believe that these nonsensical, harmful theories are worthy goals for America to aspire to implement, even in the face of evidence of the direct harm those policies will do to the people’s own interests, is damning evidence of this failure. Until that is addressed, it doesn’t really matter what we try to offer.
We don’t need “something else” to offer. We need to find a more effective way to offer what we already do. We also need a citizenry that recognizes why we exist as a nation and as a society, what “society” means and why it is important to have one. From that basic understanding and acceptance of the concept, I think progressivism naturally occurs.
liberalrob commented on the blog post Security Firms Pitching Bank of America on WikiLeaks Response Proposed Targeting Glenn Greenwald
A conspiracy theorist might wonder if there was link between these government experiments, this BofA Wikileaks report, and Glenn’s recent disease.
liberalrob commented on the blog post Ireland, Greece Sink Further Into Debt After Austerity Measures
Universal health care has failed everywhere it’s been tried!
When you cut taxes, you increase revenue!
Government is the problem! It can’t do anything right!
Social Security is broke! The trust fund is all IOU’s! The money’s already been spent!