In the beginning capitalism and democracy were sisters. Our forefathers created a Constitution and a Supreme Court that would discipline one sister. But the other sister was mollycoddled with a system of laissez faire. In other words, capitalism was allowed to follow her own course without interference.
She did. From the outset, capitalism worked for the common good. But without constraints, it began to serve greed, not need. Wealth, not wellbeing.
Policy-makers began to worry when the undisciplined sister reached her teens. They feared capitalism would result in the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor and middle class. They passed a series of anti-trust laws to prevent monopolies.
The wayward sister was not pleased. Eventually those laws were, either, rescinded, weakened or ignored.
So what can we do? Is the problem too big for us to handle? I think not.
We are an important part of the money chain. We are workers and consumers and there’s plenty of power in that. Use it to our advantage and we can break the chain and capture the wealth for the benefit of ourselves and our families, our friends and neighbors, our community and our country.
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