Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Despots of a lesser god

"So what are we going to do about capitalism, anyway?"

The visionaries at the helm wring their hands.

"Maybe it's not enough to produce for the sake of production; maybe economic growth shouldn't trump all other concerns."

"We need a less selfish capitalism; we need to think about others -- not least of all our children, our world."

All I want to know is whether our leadership caste -- whatever the ideology -- is ready to surrender their coercive advantages -- the state which confiscates your freedom; the employer who denies your livelihood -- and, by doing so, enter into an equal relationship with those they claim to lead.

It is only democracy that can diffuse such power. Let's talk about that, dude: not all the wonderful things you have in store for humanity, if only we should remain under your tutelage.

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