Saturday, July 22, 2006

Here's a pregnant question for you:

Is American capitalism the same as free enterprise?
Is corporate American business inherently democratic?
Would a third world war be a boon to democracy as a result?

I think conservatives have confounded capitalism and the creation of elites with free enterprise & democracy since their huge steroid high (strength, brutality, malice & murder included) in the Gilded Age. A high they are trying to get back by any means necessary. They, in turn, were seduced by the objectives of neoconservatives.
I think the neoconservatives have turned the New Deal, Fair Deal, New Frontier, and Great Society state into state niggardliness, state control, state command, state aggression and imperialism.
The National Security State is the constitutional bastard belonging to them all.
Now the relationship is not so cozy, seems all that outwardly-directed state power is costly. The ideologically committed refrain from discussing costs, of course. It is only where the commitment was lukewarm from the start, that costs are considered & coats may turn.

I would say that if you've concluded that American business in corporate structure is not democratic or republican, that in its practices and objectives it does not serve in an individual sense, the objectives of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness, then it should not be respected through the myriad of government indulgences, tax breaks, the Taft-Hartley Act, &c.

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