You don’t need to be a professional expert or shrewd politician to know that US democracy, and liberal democracy in general, serves capitalists and not the other way around. The main responsibility of people representatives in any healthy democracy is to discover, protect and promote the interests of the people and the nation at large.
Look at the following graph which was issued by Alan De Smet based on “Table F-1. Income Limits for Each Fifth and Top 5 Percent of Families (All Races): 1947 to 2007”, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements, as found at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/histinc/f01AR.html. The original data at U.S. Census Bureau is unfortunately inaccessible now but there is a backup copy .
This graph shows the income of the given percentiles from 1947 to 2007, in 2007 dollars. It illustrates income inequality in the United States.
The graph indicates clearly that the richest 5% of the US population is getting richer at a steady rocket speed since 1950 and until 2010, while the poorest 5% are at flat income during the same period. Anybody should ask where the so-called trickle-down effect of capitalism is.
At Wikipedia you will find a very important post stating the following:
[Data from the United States Department of Commerce and Internal Revenue Service indicate that income inequality has been increasing since the 1970s, whereas it had been declining during the mid-20th century. As of 2006, the United States had one of the highest levels of income inequality, as measured through the Gini index, among high income countries, comparable to that of some middle income countries such as Russia or Turkey, being one of only a few developed countries where inequality has increased since 1980.
Alan Greenspan stated before Congress in 2005:
As I’ve often said, this is not the type of thing which a democratic society – a capitalist democratic society – can really accept without addressing.]
Can anybody say that the US political democratic system is functioning properly? My answer is a big NO.
Therefore, the causes and demands of Occupy Wall Street movement are legitimate and just; especially, forming a presidential commission to separate money from politics.
Comments on: "Ashamed America and Corrupt Liberal Democracy" (4)
manonmona reblogged this on Espacio de MANON.
You hit it right on the button!
The founding fathers, with the best of intentions, instaured a pluralist democracy in which social groups could influence the government’s decision.
Their rational was that in this way society could have a greater say on government issues, and keep the government in check.
Moreover, they assumed that social groups with contrasting interests (eg. railroad worker syndicate vs. their employers) would more or less equal out.
However, this last assumption failed to take into account what runs most of world today: money.
It seems obvious now, but not so obvious when your writting the constitution. The groups with most money (such as the CEOs and investment bankers) will have the most influence. Hence, they will slowly but surely lobby the government to implement policies in their interest, making them richer and richer as seen on the graph above.
I would really appreciate it if you could give me feedback on my blog:
It partially deals with liberal democracy’s influence abroad (as I am on a gap year, and traveling alot)
Thanks for your interest and comment.
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Test other themes; you are using the default Twenty Eleven. I like Twenty Ten, but if you post a lot of photos then there are ones might be more suitable.
Why not put an interesting statement or opinion in the header text instead of being a student on a leave.
Adding a contact form page is also helpful.
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I hope I didn’t disappoint you.