Sunday, November 21, 2010

Public feedback

Matt writes that,

"Democracy is an illusion. We live in a society where politicians are pre-defined away from the eyes of the public and then when you do get to choose, it's between 2 or 3 highly rooted people. When did you last vote to send a shuttle into space or go to war? Government policy is dictated by the highly wealthy family run businesses. Selling diminishing resources, going to war, and putting humans second has always reaped the biggest profits. There is no such thing as 'ethical capitalism'. The federal reserve and the monetary system is, as David Harvey points out, meant to stagger along from one disaster to another. 1% of the worlds population holds 40% of the world wealth and as time goes by the wealth gap is going to get bigger and bigger. Unless people are educated that they are essentially working, paying and living to fund this 1%, we are as good as lost."

Can democracy have a meaningful role in the world for all people or is democracy condemned to be used by a small minority to control the world?

Can democracy be "of, by and for the people" or is democracy condemned to be, fundamentally, of, by, and for a small minority?

Video of David Harvey interview

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