5-16-05 - 3


The basic problem with a capitalist/individualist society is failure to understand The Commons (as in the Tragedy of the Commons). In a Republican/Conservative/Ayn Rand/laissez-faire/darwinian capitalist society, the net result over time is A) flow of capital from the less capable to the more capable (okay, that's fine) B) destruction of the commons when it benefits the few, and net destruction of the system. The world is like a playing field, whereon the few can advance themselves by destroying the entire structure. Our society has no mechanisms to encourage individuals to benefit the greater good, and our moral philosophy is growing away from the benefit of the masses all the time.

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