We can all vote and most of us do. And, I suppose, that’s a good thing. Democracy. Wahoo. But, bear this in mind; 10 million people CAN be wrong and, if you had any doubts, look south of the border. 10 million people supporting Trump ARE wrong. But they are doing it mostly because they are angry. So, this is a bit of a revolution by the blue-collar poor, no?
Trump has emerged as the dark horse and, for that alone, he has to be admired. And, on the surface, he did it is his way. He LOOKS like a revolutionary. He has the hair.
Or is he? Democracy now needs dough to work. Seems you can hardly get elected dog-catcher in the US without a wad of cash behind you and so Democracy as it is currently practiced is really like Thoroughbred racing. Appaloosas, Bays, Roans, draft and 1/4 horses need not apply. The race is reserved for those ‘thoroughbreds’ with big money behind them. Trump may be an outside breeder but he is a breeder nevertheless.
It’s the same for all politicians.
But why would BIG DOUGH be so willing to support politicians at such a high level? Only because supported politicians give back to BIG DOUGH so that BIG DOUGH gets bigger. And the ‘bought’ politicians do it in the form of contracts and NON enforcement of laws, regulations and monitoring. EXACTLY as the Auditor General of BC said of the ministry of mines just last week. Exactly as BC Hydro is being eaten out from the centre by corruption and exactly as highways and tunnels and bridges have done so for all the favourite horses in the government’s stable.
BC is corrupt. The Auditor General said so.
Most people already know this but they continue to vote for the ideals espoused by party-marketers but which are NOT in the least present in the party getting their vote. Why are we so stupid? TRUMP: “I am going to make America great again!” People believe that!? Christy Clark: “We are the government for the nurturing of family and children!”. People believe that?”
But this blog is not about just another political rant. It is about the funding of elections and politicians. The more expensive democracy is, the more corrupt it becomes. The more it costs a politician to get a vote, the more that politician owes the vote-getter. We have corrupted our own system by making it too expensive for anyone but the ‘thoroughbreds’ to participate in it.
Capitalism corrupted it.
Now, take a breath….for just a minute……and think about it..….we are a society committed to Capitalism. And we are a society committed to Democracy. In effect, we are a committed to two incompatible ideals. Unless there is a fire-wall separation of the two, in a formal and enforceable way, one will corrupt the other. It always does.
If the people really had the power, they would take the BIG DOUGH away from the less than .001% so even Democracy, if it had power, would destabilize the society. ‘Course ‘the people rarely get that chance to take the capital away. Capital would flee. It does all the time. As it stands, capital has the edge. It usually does. Capital used to be less mobile than labour but they have fixed that. Capital is now quick-like-bunny to run and hide. They keep their capital liquid.
With all the stealth wealth on one side of the scales and all the increasing numbers of less mobile poor on the other, capital is making more people poor labourers (enslaving labour to house purchasing was a smart tactic by banks/capital. That made the suckers less mobile) rather than allowing a portion to make it up the ladder to middle class or even a few making it to upper class. The inequality of wealth distribution is so out of balance now, anyone can be bought.
That attracts people like Trump. But it always has. The elites know how to buy power and they have done so for decades. The last time the people had any power, it really was by way of the union movements and they squandered their power then by becoming corrupt, too.
The next time people wanted power but didn’t want to be corrupted, they went Flower-power….a weak but effective eschewing of money for health, beauty and love. And, as weak as Flower-power was, it impacted the society and the boomers went hippy. Many opted out. The 60’s and 70’s were real.
Adam Smith stated that the economy worked on capital and labour getting together. But getting together on some kind of equal basis. If labour is SLAVE labour, that ain’t ‘getting together’. And that is where we are quickly heading. I think we are already there but I have an exaggerated sense of freedom so I reacted badly a long time ago and, like petulant, paranoid, sensitive-to-change-and-threatened capital, I flew quickly from the situation.
I figured, if Capital can flee, so can this dumb labourer. So, I flew.
The point is: Capital and labour cannot be so out of balance. But it is. And that portends of conflict. The inequality is HUGE and getting huger. Does that mean the conflict will be huge? Or simply prompt a huge exodus? And, if it is fleeing that is the option chosen by the slaves, where do they go? Nobody is parting the Red Sea these days.
Even with the loss of the Panama/Bahamian/Isle of Man/Swiss havens, Capital will always be welcome. Anywhere. But the poor? No one wants the poor, the tired and the huddled masses anymore.