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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Forest through the trees

David Grenier: Racist Republicans:

"As long as we live in a society who’s economic system is based on profits and markets, we’ll never solve the problem. When you’re dealing with a market you’re dealing with an issue of supply and demand. If you’re trying to make a profit, the goal isn’t to create abundance so that everyone will have everything they need. The goal is to make the supply just below the demand so you can get the most value possible. This works with jobs as well as products although the math is a little different."

Wow, give this man a prize. You can't solve problems with a system that are inherent in the design. That's like complaining that combustion engines require fossil fuels to run. A reasonable person would say "You have to start with a new design if you want to have an engine that doesn't consume fossil fuels". Well yeah. But when you suggest that we try something different, something that doesn't rely on a perpetual underclass and the creation of artificial needs otherwise reasonable people seem to think that what we have is the best or else it would change... miraculously, without effort on anyone's part.

... and give Joshua a prize as well.

The problem, of course, is that so many people refuse to see the divergence between the world they want to live in and the world they do live in. And if you back them into a corner, they always want to know what your plan is.

"Well, the first thing we have to do is abolish slavery."
"I see! Well that looks great on paper, but what are you going to do about the cotton industry? The farmers could never afford to pay wages for all the work that's done by slaves now. And what about unemployment? You dump a bunch of free Blacks into the Northern economy, unemployment'll shoot through the roof! And what about political franchise? What if free Blacks start voting in their own candidates, who want reparations for slavery?"

Ah yes. Obviously correct, we should just leave well enough alone. making things better might require change, and we all know that is bad.


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