Re: The Intellectual Origins Of America-Bashing By Lee Harris

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 22:39:48 GMT

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    At 02:07 PM 10/12/02 -0800, you wrote:
    >>At 07:38 AM 10/12/02 -0800, you wrote:
    >> >> > >>Jeremy:
    >> >> > >> > PS: Just for the record, I don't think that capitalism will work
    >> >> > >> > either
    >> >> > >>
    >>Snip...........>> >
    >> >When you say it "works" or "doesn't work" what do you mean? What does it
    >> >or doesn't do that you think it must do?
    >> >
    >> >Grant
    >> >
    >>Just my take on your question. Work, in this context, intimates that a
    >>socio/political system should deliver a quality of life that has equity,
    >>justice and continuity. My history book, albeit somewhat smaller than
    >>Joe's, shows that systems do not last long if they neglect these factors.
    >>People change the system because it is not working (for them).
    >But capitalism is an economic system rather than a socio/political system.
    >I can't see capitalism alone doing the things you want it to do. You must
    >be speaking of democracy backed by capitalism and a strong constitution
    >based on human rights.
    Point taken Grant, but I dispute the assumption that a democracy can co-exist with capitalism. An oligarchy is what you have in USAnia, as we do here in the land of Aus. IMO we are presently ruled by dodgy corporate giants who manipulate public opinion for their gain. I don't think that they care for things like justice, equity or continuity. Maybe I have conflated the socio/political and the economic systems but I can't see that, under our presently available models that a "democracy backed by capitalism and a strong constitution based on human rights" is anything but oxymoron. Jeremy

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