L'article est ici mais c'est le commentaire suivant, beaucoup plus juste dans ses observations qui a surtout retenu mon attention.
- Archie Dean Says:
April 3, 2011 at 6:05 am | Reply
It seems to me that both the linked article and Tom’s commentary succinctly illustrate the serious problem that all reformers have in properly defining the root problem of our current woes.
On the face of it, – “The top 1% live privileged lives, aren’t worried about much.” is spot on true. Who indeed, could possibly argue?
But.. “Our top 1% honestly believe they’re immune, protected from the unintended consequences of beating down average Americans for three decades with the free-market, trickle-down Reaganomics doctrines that made them Super Rich.
“The New Deal policies of FDR and the depression-era Democrats saved capitalism”
is simply nonsense on a spectacular scale.
‘Free market capitalism’ is to blame for everything, absolutely everything – give the State more power and everything will be alright. It’s a view so tired, so old and so obviously and manifestly wrong that I am simply astonished the argument still holds so much water. It’s particularly upsetting seeing such views expressed on a website such as this, that claims to be fighting for, effectively a voluntary, ‘free market’, via the ‘liberation of money and exchange’ – the exact opposite indeed of the State power Farrell so clearly desires.
For gods sake, the economic reality of today has more in common with the societies of the thankfully defunct USSR and the old eastern europe than it does with anything that could be remotely described as ‘free market’ or ‘capitalist’. There exist thousands upon thousands upon thousands of rules and regulations. Infact just about EVERYTHING in modern life is regulated and monitiored to the umpteenth degree.
Money, the crucial facilitator of exchange is the mother of all monopolies, market entry onerous and extraordinarily difficult almost to the point of making it impossible. On top of this the ruling class continue to pour torrents of additional and burdensome regulation to obstruct voluntary and free exchange and yets muppets like Farrell continue to get away with blaming ‘free markets’ and ‘capitalism’.
What we have folks is State socialism writ large, us the drones working, effectively for a privileged elite. It may not be what the ideology of socialsim intended (or so its adherents will claim,) but it’s always and everywhere the inevitable outcome of centralised control.
The solution? I can’t say that I know. My gut feeling is that societal collapse is probably only way out, as the current set up appear beyond meaningful reform. Certainly, if Farrell views are predominant, and they certainly seem to be, there is no chance whatever of peaceful reform -only more of exactly the same. FDR wasn’t the saviour of capitalism at all, he was the father of the entirely corrupt, State socialist / corporate leviathan we see today.
As within the old USSR, the perpetrators of the economic outrage are the very folk in charge. To suggest they tax themselves is as ludicrous as it is futile.