Friday, March 20, 2015

NOT THE RIGHT QUESTION


The better question here should be why people have become so ambivalent about voting in the first place. And, as Rob Richie, the executive director of the non-partisan election reform advocacy group "FairVote" indicated:

"There is no one substitute for the fundamental issues of what is keeping people from the polls."

We can, however, make a pretty good short list of those fundamental issues:

1. The power of Big Money to shape how any issue is considered, and thus how the potential answers seem to mostly favor outcomes to their benefit.

2. As a corollary to #1 above, the power of Big Money to influence elections at both the local and national level.

3. As a corollary to #2 above, how district boundaries get absurdly drawn so as to make for considerably more singular party affiliation.

4. The power of Big Money to move job dependent enterprises around to thwart quality of life oriented expenditures even if they do get voted in.

5. The power of Big Money to generally thwart the legal system so as to increasing inequality of outcomes.

And let be be clear here, this is just the short list. And also to be clear, virtually of these factors arise from the absolute certainty that Capitalism is obsolete (as even Robert Reich has stated here).

It doesn't work any more. It is long past time for an alternative.

#CapitalismIsObsolete 
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